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The Argus – 14 October 2020

Pilot scheme will see relatives of care home residents treated as key workers.  Read more here.

Yahoo News – 14 October 2020

Pilot scheme will see relatives of care home residents treated as key workers.  Read more here.

itv News – 14 October 2020

Covid: Campaigners plan to launch legal action over care home visits.  Read more here.

The Mirror – 13 October 2020

Relatives could be given ‘key worker’ status to visit loved ones in care homes.  Ministers will pilot giving special status to designated relatives so they can visit regularly – with access to PPE and quicker access to testing under consideration.  Read more here,

The Guardian – 12 October 2020

Inquiry begins into blanket use in England of Covid ‘do not resuscitate’ orders.  Concerns raised amid fears some elderly people may still be affected by the practice.  Read more here.

Care Home Professional – October 2020

Vic Rayner, Executive Director shares How the Not For Profit Care Provider Community worked during COVID-19.  Read more here.

Carehome Professional – 18/09/2020

BREAKING NEWS: Government announces winter plan to protect care homes.  Read more here.

Newsnight – 15/09/2020

Watch here.

The Guardian – 13 September 2020

Care home staff fear for residents as Covid-19 cases rise across UK.  Managers say there have been delays in receiving test results for staff.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 7 September 2020

Government apologises for Covid testing delays at UK care homes.  Nursing home operator says results are taking seven days instead of promised 72 hours.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 7 September 2020

Robots to be used in UK care homes to help reduce loneliness.  Machines can hold simple conversations and have been found to improve mental health.  Read more here.

Bromsgrove Standard – 18 August 2020

Sidestepping social care workers’ pay ‘unacceptable’.  Read more here.

The Confederation of Service Charities – 7 August 2020

Care boost for veterans after staff qualify to prescribe medication.  Read more here.

Care Management Matters – 6 August 2020

Use of technology in social care report.  Read more here.

Care Home Professional – 6 August 2020

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Sarah Clarke-Kuehn, Group director- Care, Sanctuary Group.  Read more here.

The Melkham Independent News – 5 August 2020

VISITS to Brookside care home and the return of hairdressers are two of the changes for residents  following the publication of the latest Government advice.  Read more here.

The Melksham Independent – 5 August 2020

New visiting and hairdresser protocols for Melksham’s Brookside Care Home.  Read more here.

Laing Buisson – 4 August 2020

Use of technology ‘variable’ for care providers, research finds. Read more here.

The Care Home Environment – 4 August 2020

Home Office: Don’t Rely On Immigration For Care Staff.  Read more here.

Laing Buisson – 4 August 2020

Use of technology ‘variable’ for care providers, research finds.  Read more here.

Civil Service World – 3 August 2020

Spending Review ‘must prioritise resilience’ after report finds public services were not fit for Covid crisis.  Analysis by IfG and CIPFA also calls on government to plan for more outbreaks.  Read more here.

Newham Recorder – 2 August 2020.

Time to reward care workers.  It is unacceptable for the government to sidestep the issue of social care workers’ pay with the announcement of a public sector pay rise that won’t include them.  Read more here.

Newham Recorder – 2 Aug 2020

Vic Rayner, executive director, National Care Forum, writes: It is unacceptable for the government to sidestep the issue of social care workers’ pay with the announcement of a public sector pay rise that won’t include them.  Read more here.

Islington Gazette – 1 August 2020

It is unacceptable for the government to sidestep the issue of social care workers pay with the announcement of a public sector pay rise that won’t include them, writes Vic Rayner, executive director, National Care Forum.  Read more here.

Romford Recorder – 1 August 2020

Time to reward care workers.  Read more here.

Campbeltown Courier – 31 July 2020

‘Unacceptable’ treatment of social care workers.  Read more here.

Home Care Insight – 30 July 2020

Social care professionals across the UK will today log on to a virtual summit focused on informing and improving the sector.  Read more here.

Reba – 30 July 2020

Why we urgently need a pay and reward strategy for care workers.  Read more here,

Care Home Insight – 30 July 2020

Log on to virtual social care summit today.  Read more here.

Careinfo.org – 30 July 2020

UK’s approach to social care – world beating, or beaten by the world?  Read more here.

CMM Magazine – 29 July 2020

Industry hails ‘invaluable support’ for new service for people living with dementia.  Read more here.

Healthcare Newsdesk – 29 July 2020

Industry hails ‘invaluable support’ for new service for people living with dementia.  Read more here.

Healthcare Newsdesk – 29 July 2020

Government’s failure to provide adequate PPE and testing to care workers was a ‘sad, low moment’ for UK.  Read more here.

Carehome.Co.Uk – 29 July 2020

Government’s failure to provide adequate PPE and testing to care workers was a ‘sad, low moment’ for UK.  Read more here.

Home Care Insight – 29 July 2020

Social care ‘thrown to the wolves’ by ‘negligent’ government during COVID-19, MPs say.  Read more here.

Channel 4 News – 29 July 2020

Discharge of patients to care homes in England without tests was ‘reckless’, say MPs.  Read more here.

Care Home Professional – 29 July 2020

Social care ‘thrown to the wolves’ during COVID-19, MPs’ committee says.  Read more here.

Home Care Insight – 29 July 2020

Social care ‘thrown to the wolves’ by ‘negligent’ government during COVID-19, MPs say.  Read more here.

The Carer – 29 July 2020

World Beating – Or Beaten By The World?  Read more here.

Healthcare Newsdesk – 29 July 2020

Industry hails ‘invaluable support’ for new service for people living with dementia.  Read more here.

Tomorrow’s Care – 29 July 2020

Government accused of being ‘slow’ and ‘inconsistent’ with Social Care.  Read more here.

Carehome.co.UK -29 July 2020

Government’s failure to provide adequate PPE and testing to care workers was a ‘sad, low moment’ for UK.

A cross-party group of MPs has criticised the government for its ‘slow, inconsistent, and at times negligent approach’ to social care during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying ‘there are many lessons the government must learn’.  Read more here.

The Sun – 27 July 2020

FAMILIES will finally be allowed to spend time with their loved ones in care homes but hugs and kisses will still be banned under new government guidance.  Read more here.

The Carer – 28 July 2020

New Research Reveals The Barriers And Benefits To Technology Use Experienced By Social Care Providers During Covid-19  Read more here.

BBC News – 28 July 2020

Coronavirus: What went wrong in Scotland’s care homes?  Read more here.

Express – 28 July 2020

SNP faces mounting pressure as failure to keep coronavirus promises laid bare in new data.  Read more here.

Mirror – 27 July 2020

Tory austerity ‘ripped resilience out of health and social care’ before coronavirus.  A damning report by the Institute of Public Policy Research found cuts to social care left hospitals “dangerously low” on spare beds.  Read more here.

Mirror – 27 July 2020

Tory austerity ‘ripped resilience out of health and social care’ before coronavirus.  Read more here.

iNews – 27 July 2020

Social care crisis: As UK Government considers tax increase for over 40s, here are the other ideas and who they would affect.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 27 July 2020

England’s social care plans ‘need timetable and be a radical rethink’.  Councils and charities say overhaul promised by PM must be far broader than just funding changes.  Read more here.

Border Countries Adveriser – 25 July 2020

No care pay rise is unacceptable.  Read more here.

Redditch Standard – 25 July 2020

IT IS unacceptable for the government to sidestep the issue of social care workers pay with their announcement of a public sector pay rise that won’t include them.  Read more here.

The Sun – 23 July 2020

FAMILY REUNION 

Care home visits allowed but hugs, kisses and flowers banned under new coronavirus rules.  Read more here.

Local Gov – 23 July 2020

New guidance to allow care homes to open to visitors. Public health directors will start to assess care homes to see if they can re-open for visits from family and friends, under new government guidance.  Read more here.

At Today – 23 July 2020

Elderly and disabled people able to see loved ones again as care home visits restart.  Read more here.

The Times – 23 July 2020

Care home visits allowed, but flowers, hugs and kisses banned.

Care home residents are finally to be allowed visitors indoors, but hugs and kisses will still be banned under new government guidance.  Read more here.

The MJ.co.uk – 22 July 2020

Call for clarity on social care testing and data.  Read more here.

The Sun – 22 July 2020

FAMILY REUNION. 

Care homes to re-open for first time in four months FINALLY reuniting families as Covid cases fall, Matt Hancock says.  Read more here.

Click Lancashire Independent News – 22 July 2020

Nearly 900000 public sector staff see above-inflation pay rise.  Read more here.

Mirage – 22 July 2020

Families and friends to be reunited with loved ones in care homes as visits restart.  Read more here.

Country Echo – 22 July 2020

Care workers must be rewarded for their extraordinary work. It is unacceptable for the government to sidestep the issue of social care workers pay with this week’s announcement of a public sector pay rise that won’t include them.

Care Home Professional – 22 July 2020

Carers and nurses miss out on public-sector pay rise.

Carers and nurses were amongst those excluded from a pay rise of up to 3.1% for almost 900,000 public sector workers yesterday.  Read more here. 

Home Care Insight – 22 July 2020

Care workers’ snub from public sector pay rise ‘unforgivable’, leaders say.  Read more here.

LBC London – 22 July 2020

Care Home Re-openings.  Listen here.

5 Live Drive – 22 July 2020

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Care Home Professional – 22 July 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Care home visitor guidance to be issued this week, minister says.  Read more here,

The Sun – 22 July 2020

FAMILY REUNION 

Care homes to re-open for first time in four months FINALLY reuniting families as Covid cases fall, Matt Hancock says.  Read more here.

The Telegraph – 22 July 2020

Families must choose one member to visit elderly relatives in care homes, Government says.  Charities say families with parents and grandparents in homes face agonising decisions about who is allowed to visit.  Read more here.

The MJ – 21 July 2020

COVID-19 testing is anything but strategic. Read more here.

The Parliament Magazine – 20 July 2020

Brexit talks to resume with focus on trade level playing field, fisheries and governance.  Read more here.

Byline Times – 20 July 2020

When it comes to the Coronavirus crisis, the Prime Minister is making sure the buck doesn’t stop with him – backed by a lifetime’s experience in deflection.  Read more here.

Care Home Insight – 17 July 2020

Leading names in social care to speak at virtual summit.

Some of the biggest names in the care sector have signed up to speak at a virtual summit, taking place on July 30.  Read more here.

Diabetes.co.uk – 17 July 2020

Majority of people with a positive COVID-19 test are symptom free.  Read more here.

Harrogate Advertiser – 16 July 2020

Harrogate care boss defends sector following comments from Prime Minister.

The woman in charge of a Harrogate care network has defended the sector after the Prime Minister said too many care homes ‘had not followed coronavirus procedures’.  Read more here.

EU Today – 16 July 2020

UK immigration policy casts shadow over social care sector, writes Roger Casale.

When the UK leaves the EU, its borders will, according to the latest headlines, effectively be closed to low paid workers and those who do not speak English, writes Roger Casale.  Read more here.

Care Home Professional – 15 July 2020

Dementia consultancy service offers ‘invaluable support’ during COVID-19.  A newly launched service for people living with dementia has been hailed as providing “invaluable support” to care homes during lockdown.  Read more here.

Care Home.co.uk – 14 July 2020

Care workers’ exclusion from new Health and Care Visa called ’embarrassing shambles’.  Read more here.

Laing Buisson – 14 July 2020

PM under fire over care home comments.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under criticism for accusing care homes of not properly following procedures during the coronavirus crisis.  Read more here.

Shropshire Star – 13 July 2020

Embarrassing shambles’ as social care workers excluded from immigration rules. Charities and community groups fear the new points-based immigration rules will add further strain to an already understaffed care system.  Read more here.

Home Care Insight – 13 July 2020

National Care Forum gives members access to specialist advice on VAT.  Read more here.

Daily Mail – 13 July 2020

Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for his ‘cowardly’ claim care homes failed to protect their residents during the Covid-19 crisis as industry boss tells the Prime Minister he’s ‘picked the wrong fight with the wrong people’.  Read more here.

Politics Home – 13 July 2020

Boris Johnson accused of ‘travesty of leadership’ after he criticises care home response to coronavirus.  Read more here.

Left Foot Forward – 13 July 2020

Just some of the ways the government is trying to deflect blame for its own Covid failings.  Read more here.

The Irish News – 13 July 2020

Nursing home deaths due to PPE shortages are ‘unethical’.  Read more here.

Care Home Professional – 10 July 2020

The National Care Forum (NCF) has announced it is partnering with care sector VAT specialist, Kieran Lynch & Co.  Read more here.

Laing Buisson – 9 July 2020

Social care sector faces a ‘staffing blackhole’

Social care faces a ‘staffing blackhole’ if temporary arrangements are not introduced to manage the initial impact of the government’s Immigration Bill.  Read more here.

Kashmir Age – 9 July 2020

Outrage At British PM Comments On Virus-Hit Care Homes.  Read more here.

The BMJ – 8 July 2020

Covid-19: MPs call on government to produce detailed plans for PPE in England.  Read more here.

Coast FM – 8 July 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson resists calls to apologise for claim care workers ‘didn’t follow procedures’.  Read more here.

Click Lancashire – 8 July 2020

Anger as PM blames care home errors for coronavirus fatalities.  Read more here.

Care Home Professional – 8 July 2020

CQC reviews to help health and care providers prepare for future pressures.

A series of rapid reviews designed to help drive improvements and prepare for future pressures on local health and care systems has been announced by the CQC.  Read more here.

Independent News – 8 July 2020

Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for blaming care homes for coronavirus deaths.  Prime minister ‘rubs salt in the wounds’ by refusing to say sorry, says Sir Keir Starmer during PMQs clash.  Read more here.

Metro News – 8 July 2020

Boris dodges requests to apologise for saying ‘care homes didn’t follow the rules’.  Read more here.

The London Economic – 8 July 2020

Sir Keir Starmer accuses ‘shameful’ Johnson of trying to shift blame on Covid-19.  Read more here.

The Parliamentary Review – 8 July 2020

Prime minister Boris Johnson has faced criticism for comments he made on Monday this week, after he suggested that “too many care homes didn’t really follow” coronavirus safety procedures.  Read more here.

Metro News – 8 July 2020

Those hands that clapped have slapped us in the face’: ‘Cowardly’ PM under fire for care home comments.  Read more here.

Republiceworld.com – 8 July 2020

Boris Johnson Refuses To Apologise For Blaming Care Homes For COVID-19 Deaths. Boris Johnson remains adamant on his comments alleging negligence in care homes and has refused to offer an apology or retract his statements.  Read more here.

Morning Star – 8 July 2020

The government still has no plans for PPE shortages MPs warn after PM blames care homes.  Read more here.

Yahoo News – 7 July 2020

Downing Street refuses to apologise after Boris Johnson ‘blames care homes for coronavirus deaths’.  Read more here.

itv – 7 July 2020

Boris Johnson branded ‘a joke’ for ‘clumsy’ care home comments.

A care home manager has branded Boris Johnson a “joke” after the prime minister suggested “too many” care homes did not properly follow procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.  Read more here.

Independent – 7 July 2020

‘Shameful’: Keir Starmer responds to Boris Johnson’s comments on care homes.  Read more here.

Independent – 7 July 2020

Two-thirds of people with coronavirus have no symptoms, ONS data shows.

Analysis finds infection rates higher for those working in patient-facing healthcare or resident-facing social care roles.  Read more here.

Independent – 7 July 2020

Piers Morgan calls Boris Johnson ‘disgusting’ for blaming care homes for coronavirus deaths.  Read more here.

Metro.Co.UK –  7 July 2020

Care home workers tearfully reunite with their families after 12 weeks apart.  Read more here.

 

Evening Standard – 7 July 2020

Piers Morgan labels Boris Johnson ‘disgusting’ over comments on care homes.  Read more here.

Carehome Professional – 7 July 2020

PM’s care home comments a ‘slap in the face’ for carers.  Read more here.

Carehome.co.UK – 7 July 2020

Boris Johnson urged to apologise after blaming care homes for coronavirus deaths.  Read more here.

Community Care – 7 July 2020

Social care leaders condemn Boris Johnson for ‘blaming’ care homes for Covid spread.  Read more here.

Eastern Eye – 7 July 2020

Johnson blames care homes for high death rate, gets accused of weaving ‘alternative reality’.  Read more here.

Minute Hack – 7 July 2020

Chancellor To Announce £3bn Green Recovery As Part Of Coronavirus Strategy.  Rishi Sunak is also being urged to inject more than £200 billion into the economy in order to “secure” Britain’s economic recovery.  Read more here.

Independent – 7 July 2020

‘Travesty of leadership’: Charity boss hits out at ‘cowardly’ Boris Johnson after PM blames care homes for coronavirus deaths.  Read more here.

Nursing Notes – 7 July 2020

PM blames care homes for high social care death toll.

Mr Johnson claimed that “care homes didn’t really follow the procedures” when dealing with COVID-19.  Read more here.

Independent – 7 July 2020

Coronavirus death toll officially reaches 50,000 in England and Wales.  Pandemic brought forward deaths of elderly and vulnerable, says ONS  Read more here.

BBC News – 7 July 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson criticised over ‘cowardly’ care home comments.  Read more here.

The Sun – 7 July 2020

‘HUGELY INSULTING’ 

Boris Johnson refuses to apologise after furious backlash for blaming care homes for coronavirus deaths.  Read more here.

The Sun – 6 July 2020

BLAME GAME 

Boris Johnson blames high death rate in care homes on providers failing to follow health guidelines.  Read more here.

The Telegraph – 6 July 2020

Boris Johnson: Care homes didn’t follow procedures correctly during coronavirus outbreak.

Prime Minister accused of attempting to deflect blame for Government failings with ‘outrageous’ comments.  Read more here.

BBC Newsnight – 6 July 2020

 

PM Boris Johnson made a number of comments about social care, and care homes in particular. He is reported to have said:
“We discovered too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have but we’re learning lessons the whole time… Most important is to fund them properly… but we will also be looking at ways to make sure the care sector long term is properly organised and supported.”

NCF Executive Director, Vic Rayner, responds in an interview on Newsnight

Daily Echo – 4 July 2020

LETTER – We must remember to clap for the care home staff.  Read more here.

East Lothian – 3 July 2020

Care home staff and residents to be given regular coronavirus tests.  Read more here.

Bridgwater Mercury – 3 July 2020

Staff and residents at care homes set to receive regular Covid-19 testing.  Read more here.

Laing Buisson – 3 July 2020

Regular testing to be rolled out in care homes.

Staff and residents in care homes for over 65s and those with dementia will receive regular coronavirus tests from next week.  Read more here.

The Mail – 3 July 2020

Care home staff and residents to be given regular coronavirus tests.  Read more here.

Cambridge News – 2 July 2020 

Call for stars in windows to remember loved ones lost to coronavirus.  Read more here.

Enfield Independent – 1 July 2020

People who have lost loved ones during the coronavirus outbreak are being invited to post a star in their window or social media in a “mutual act of remembrance”.  Read more here.

Kent Live – 1 July 2020

Call for stars in windows to remember loved ones lost to coronavirus.  Read more here.

Laing Buisson – 1 July 2020

Residents and staff still waiting to be tested, survey finds.  Read more here.

Brinkwire – 1 July 2020

Coronavirus UK LIVE: Deaths hit 43,906 as furlough end could see ‘1M jobs go’ and Trump’s Remdesivir grab sparks fury.  Read more here.

Daily Mail – 1 July 2020

Downing Street ‘doesn’t know’ if Boris Johnson has met his promise to process all coronavirus tests within 24 hours by the end of June – as care home survey shows one in eight residents STILL have not been tested.  Read more here.

Express and Star – 30 June 2020

People asked to post stars in remembrance of loved ones lost during pandemic.  Read more here.

Huffington Post – 30 June 2020

Why People Are Putting Stars In Their Windows As We Come Out Of Lockdown.

The National Care Forum hopes this will create a moment to “connect by care and unite in loss”  Read more here.

carehome.co.uk – 30 June 2020

Growing number of care homes using mobile visitor pods to reunite residents with families.  Read more here.

carehome.co.uk – 30 June 2020

The care sector has paid tribute to the many lives lost by COVID-19, lives like 108-year-old Hilda Churchill’s, with staff remembering them by placing a star in their care home’s window.  Read more here

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Carrick Herald – 30 June 2020

People who have lost loved ones during the coronavirus outbreak are being invited to post a star in their window or social media in a “mutual act of remembrance”.  Read more here.

Barchester – 29 June 2020

New campaign to make care homes more efficient through tech.

A new campaign will see four major tech providers come together to help the care home sector in the post-COVID-19 era. Read more here.

The Voice – 28 June 2020

June 30 event to pay tribute to those who lost their lives to COVID-19.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 28 June 2020

Government urged to seize chance of reform, amid closure fears and claims NHS left some homes to fend for themselves.  Read more here.

Healthcare IT News – 23 June 2020

Care Home of the Future campaign helps care homes adopt digital services.  Ascom UK, Person Centred Software, ATLAS eMAR and PainChek are partnering to help care home-owners and staff go digital.  Read more here.

Laing Buisson – 1 June 2020

Care providers urged to be open and transparent.

A joint statement from the Relatives & Residents Association and the National Care Forum (NCF) said without adequate testing many providers were unable to confidently state whether there were confirmed cases of Covid-19 within their settings and that this was a rapidly changing situation.  Read more here.

Care Home Professionsal – 1 June 2020

Care bodies urge openness and transparency during COVID-19

A joint statement setting out the importance of openness and transparency during the coronavirus crisis has been issued by the Relatives & Residents Association (R&RA) and National Care Forum (NCF).  Read more here.

Brinkwire – 30 May 2020

Grab one of the thousands of NHS jobs on offer for a rewarding career.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 30 May 2020

Calls to lift lockdown in UK care homes over fears for residents’ mental health.  Relatives and social care chiefs warn that Covid-19 social isolation is contributing to deaths of residents.  Read more here.

The  Sun – 28  May 2020

Care to step up?

CARE home staff have been given a career boost with free access to the Boots Care Learning resource. Read more here.

The Guardian – 28 May 2020

Why did so many people die of Covid-19 in the UK’s care homes?  That may be the most urgent question of the likely public inquiry into the UK’s Covid-19 response. The NHS wasn’t overwhelmed, but 16,000 residents of care and nursing homes have died so far.  Read more here.

Euro Weekly News -26 May 2020

Researchers Discover Faulty Gene linked to Dementia that could Double the Risk of Severe Covid-19.  Read more here.

inews – 24 May 2020

Cronavirus in the UK: Care home providers facing closure because of rising costs of Covid-19 crisis.

The increasing cost of PPE, extra staff to cover those self-isolating, and loss of earnings from empty beds are all contributing.  Read more here.

Laing Buisson – 22 May 2020

Residential care less likely to be considered, survey finds.  Almost a third of people are less likely to seek residential care for an elderly relative than before coronavirus.  Read more here.

Nursing in Practice – 21 May 2020

Covid-19 testing in care homes ‘chaotic and sporadic’.  Umbrella-group National Care Forum (NCF) is calling on the government to increase the number of routine tests in care homes from 30,000 a day to 200,000 ‘as a matter of priority’.  Read more here.

The Telegram – 20 May 2020

Blame game kicks off as minister claims coronavirus  ‘science was wrong’  Advisers fear they will be made scapegoats for any poor decisions made in early days of outbreak.  Read more here.

Independent – 20 May 2020

Coronavirus testing outside hospitals stopped over shortage of capacity rather than scientific advice.  Read more here.

The Guardian –  20 May 2020

Coronavirus testing outside hospitals stopped over shortage of capacity rather than scientific advice  Read more here.

BBC Parliament – 20 May 2020

Management of the Coronavirus Committee.  Watch the video here.

The Guardian – 20 May 2020

Coronavirus test delays ‘could jeopardise UK tracing system’.  Read more here.

iNews – 20 May 2020

Coronavirus in the UK: Public health chiefs ‘failed to tell care homes of outbreaks’.  Care homes were told infection was ‘very unlikely’ while officials privately recorded ‘rapidly growing’ number of infections.  Read more here.

Carehome.co.u – 20 May 2020

Coronavirus testing in care homes has been summed up as ‘chaotic’ by the National Care Forum (NCF) representing care homes and it warns the care sector alone urgently needs 200,000 tests a day.   Read more here.

Independent – 19 May 2020

Coronavirus testing outside hospitals stopped over shortage of capacity rather than scientific advice.  Minister stokes row by suggesting that bad decisions were caused by ‘wrong’ scientific advice.  Read more here.

BBC Online – 19 May 2020

Coronavirus: Data delay left care homes ‘fighting losing battle’.  The National Care Forum voiced concerns at the data not being shared but PHE said it was used by health protection teams and to brief ministers.  Read more here.

Oldham Evening Chronicle – 18 May 2020

Oldham MP: clapping for care workers is just not enough.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 18 May 2020

Agency staff were spreading Covid-19 between care homes, PHE found in April.   Read more here.

Independent – 17 May 2020

Coronavirus: Labour compiles dossier on handling of care homes amid calls for investigation.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 16 May 2020

UK bars and hair salons get more help than care homes, say providers.  Care services, in residential settings and in the home, face ruin as they miss out on government money offered to other sectors.  Read more here.

Parliament.co.uk – 15 May 2020

MPs to take evidence on managing coronavirus in social care.  Read more here and watch the video.

The Sun – 15th May 2020

CARE HOME ‘DRIVE-THRU’ Heartwarming moment pensioner, 98, sees great-great-grandson on his first birthday in care home drive-thru visit.  Read more here.

The HealthCare Show – 14 May 2020

Lessons from the COVID emergency.  Integrating services now looks even more important – but may be just as far away.  Read more here.

The Telegraph – 13 May 2020

The risk facing people in care homes is an outrage, writes Jody Thompson, whose mother requires round-the-clock help.  Read more here.

Independent – 13 May 2020

Ministers have trumpeted a fall in the number of coronavirus deaths in care homes but there is little to celebrate.  The National Care Forum, representing not-for-profit providers, found that only 22 per cent of 6,469 staff with symptoms were tested as of 5 May.  Read more here.

Pharmacy Network News – 12 May 2020

Boots rolls out training resources to swamped care homes.

Vic Rayner, director of the National Care Forum which represents not-for-profit care providers, said: “Care homes are at the frontline of the Covid-19 crisis and we have the most incredible workforce across social care, supporting our most vulnerable citizens in these very challenging times.  Read more here.

The Weekly Source – 12 May 2020

UK: aged care homes rush to buy their own PPE as national delivery system fails – 6,000 deaths in three weeks.  Read more here.

Care Home Professional – 12 May 2020

Government launches online portal to support care home COVID-19 testing

The online platform is designed to help ensure all care home staff and residents in England are tested for coronavirus. Care homes looking after the over 65s will be prioritised initially for testing.  Read more here.

Channel 4 News – 29 April 2020

Earlier Cathy Newman spoke to former pensions minister Baroness Altmann who now campaigns on issues surrounding social care – and Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum.

Media Releases – 21 – 23 April 2020

See the following link to view Media Coverage 21-23 April 2020

nzherald.com –  20 April 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: More than one million European cases of infection.

The European Centre for Disease Control says the continent now has more than one million confirmed cases and almost 100,000 deaths from the new coronavirus.  Read more here.

China Daily – 20 April 2020

It now looks as though many more elderly people with novel coronavirus have died in United Kingdom care homes than first thought, according to a group that represents not-for-profit providers.  Read more here.

China org – 20 April 2020

UK’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses 16,000.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 19 April 2020

UK care homes body estimates 4,000 residents died from coronavirus

NCF calls for ‘ring of steel’ and says findings highlight flaws in official count and ‘scale of tragedy’

A group representing care home providers in the UK has estimated that about 4,000 residents have died during the coronavirus pandemic and has called on the government to build a “ring of steel” to safeguard “the most vulnerable among us”.  Read more here.

BBC News – 19 April 2020

‘Ring of steel’ call for care homes

 

Care Industry News – 19 April 2020

New data has added to growing evidence that the number of deaths linked to coronavirus in UK care homes may be far higher than those recorded so far.

The National Care Forum (NCF) estimates that more than 4,000 elderly and disabled people have died across all residential and nursing homes.  Read more here

BBC News – 19 April 2020

New data has added to growing evidence that the number of deaths linked to coronavirus in UK care homes may be far higher than those recorded so far.  Read more here.

The Sunday Times – 19 April 2020

Reprieve for relatives as care homes pledge not to raise prices

The UK’s largest care home companies have reassured residents and their families that their fees will not go up despite daily care costs rising by more than a third amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  Read more here.

The Telegraph – 19 April 2020

Social care staff from Norfolk told to travel to Sheffield to get tested for Covid-19

There are 17 drive-thru testing facilities across the country but some care home staff are still a long way from their nearest centre.  Read more here.

BBC News – 19 April 2020

Coronavirus: Morning update as care home deaths remain in focus

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Sunday. We’ll have another update on Monday morning.  Read more here.

Independant,ie – 19 April 2020

Michael Gove confirms Boris Johnson did not attend emergency coronavirus meetings

  • UK minister Gove cites “deeply worrying” death toll
  • Vital delivery of protective gear for health staff delayed: Sky
  • Gove says allegation that PM Johnson was negligent “grotesque

Read more here.

Devdiscourse – 19 April  2020

OVID-19 related deaths within the UK’s care homes for the elderly and vulnerable doubled within just one week, according to data collected and analyzed by a leading representative body for the not-for-profit adult social care sector. Read more here.

daijiworld.com – 19 April 2020

New data has revealed that the number of coronavirus deaths in UK care homes may be far higher than those recorded so far, it was reported on Sunday.  Read more here.

Care Home Professional – 15 April 2020

The government has today pledged to provide a coronavirus test for “everyone who needs one” in social care.  Welcomed by Vic Rayner, Executive Director of The National Care Forum.  Read more here

The Guardian – 10 April 2020

Groups react with ‘disbelief’ to offer of temporary higher rate to cope with coronavirus pandemic.

Care providers struggling to maintain services during the coronavirus crisis have reacted angrily to an offer by English council chiefs of a temporary increase of 10% in the fees they pay the care homes, to cover their additional costs.  Read more here.

Community Care – 9 April 2020

Covid-19: council leaders’ estimates of additional adult social care provider costs ‘woefully inadequate’

Provider chiefs reject Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ estimates of a 10% hike in service costs due to coronavirus.  Read more here.

ZDNet – 9 April 2020

UK National Health Service holds talks with Facebook to deploy Portal devices in care homes

Sources speaking to the publication said a pilot scheme will be launched that involves 2,000 Portal devices being sent to care homes in Surrey and another location, potentially including Manchester, Newcastle, or Leeds, all of which are in the north of England. Read more here

ZDNet – 9 April 2020

UK National Health Service holds talks with Facebook to deploy Portal devices in care homes

Sources speaking to the publication said a pilot scheme will be launched that involves 2,000 Portal devices being sent to care homes in Surrey and another location, potentially including Manchester, Newcastle, or Leeds, all of which are in the north of England. Read more here


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