Other Upcoming Events

UK Dementia Congress 2018

06 Nov 2018


Caring Times Christmas Lunch

13 Dec 2018

The Dorchester park lane, London

Caring Talks

01 Mar 2018

Savills HQ, Marylebone, London

10th Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress

19 Apr 2018

Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh

Best Practice in the Care Home Sector

20 Jun 2018

MAC arts complex and theatre in Birmingham

Young Dementia Annual Conference

20 Sep 2018

The Studio, Birmingham

Annual Care Conference for Wales

04 Oct 2018

Cardiff City Stadium

Career Advice

A Landmark Ruling for Providers

The magnitude of the Court of Appeal judgment in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Rampersad [2018] EWCA Civ 164 should not be underestimated by health and social care providers. This appeal considered the issue of backdated “sleep in” liabilities and whether “sleep in” workers were entitled to the National Minimum Wage (‘NMW’) for the time spent asleep.

After years of uncertainty over NMW requirements, the Court of Appeal has determined that only time spent awake and working should be considered as ‘working time’ during a “sleep in” shift.

So what are safe staffing levels in care homes?

CQC inspectors often criticise staffing levels during inspections which can be concerning for providers. This Ridout Report considers what the regulations say about staffing levels, CQC’s new inspection regime and practical steps providers can take to determine staffing.

Values – based interviewing: tips on how to be a winner

by Dr Richard Hawkins, Editor-in-Chief, Caring Times

Interviews for care home jobs can be puzzling because sometimes it isn’t clear what employers are looking for. Do they want someone with impressive technical caring skills or are they looking for someone touchy-feely who their residents will love?

Working in adult social care

Working in social care is about providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives. There are lots of different roles in social care depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you’d like to work. You could be supporting someone with a physical disability, autism, dementia or a mental health condition. You could be working in a care home, out in your local community, in a hospital or from someone’s home (providing care in someone’s home is often called domiciliary care).

Why choose social care?

With a huge demand for workers, plenty of opportunities for progression and a job in which 96% of workers said they feel their work makes a difference, adult social care has lots to offer. It’s a very rewarding career and you can make a real difference to someone’s life. There are also lots of opportunities to progress and work with different people.

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