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Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks sponsor ‘All Change’ conference

Posted on September 1st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks are the headline sponsor of the ‘All Change’ conference on November 19 which will examine the impact of the Care Quality Commission’s new regulatory powers.

Co-hosted by Lester Aldridge Solicitors and Caring Times, the conference in London will look at how tougher corporate accountability requirements and a ‘duty of candour’ will affect directors and senior management of care home provider groups.

Presenter, journalist and campaigner Esther Rantzen will chair the event at which Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will be the keynote speaker. Ms Rantzen will interview Andrea Sutcliffe, the chief inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission.

Specialist care sector lawyer Peter Grose, of Lester Aldridge, will outline the regulatory changes, telling providers “everything you need to know and can’t afford to ignore” and Barchester Healthcare chief executive Dr Pete Calveley … Read More »


South Tyneside plans hub to provide integrated care

Posted on August 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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A £9m facility is to be built in South Tyneside, offering services for older people and their carers and families.

The ‘Integrated Care Services Hub’ will incorporate 80 beds, with around 30 older people living on the site and others accessing beds for short breaks when their carers are on holiday or before going back to live at home.

South Tyneside Council has awarded a contract for the facility to South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust which it says will be the biggest of its kind in the UK. It is expected that construction could start this winter.

The Integrated Care Services Hub will house a range of health and social care services providing support to service users and their families. The site earmarked for the development is at South Tyneside District Hospital although this is subject to planning permission.

A separate entrance … Read More »


Keeble calls for review of NHS continuing care assessment procedures

Posted on August 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Wide variations in the provision of NHS continuing care funding for people with dementia have been uncovered in a report by Sally Keeble, former MP and Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Northampton North.

Ms Keeble surveyed 162 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and found that there was a lack of funding for advocacy services to provide help and support for families applying for continuing healthcare support. Only four CCGs identified specific funding for advocacy. The role of family carers in the decision-making process was frequently unclear and training of assessors was variable, with six CCGs saying they did not provide any training.

The report calls for a review of how CCGs assess people for continuing healthcare funding to protect against a postcode lottery.

Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said families were often refused funding because their local CCG did not adhere … Read More »





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