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Nursing Times – 3 March 2021
Budget ‘worrying sign’ that nurses will receive low pay rise, says RCN. Read more here.

Carehome.Co.UK – 3 March 2021
Budget 2021: ‘Deeply disappointed’ after ‘nothing announced’ in Spring Budget for social care.  Read more here.

Carehome.Co.UK – 2 March 2021
Budget: Leaders call for Chancellor to ‘tackle’ future funding crisis of adult social care.  Read more here.

Which.Co.Uk – 1 February 2021
Care home residents have now endured eleven difficult months of restricted access to their loved ones due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 25 January 2021
Covid vaccine failing to reach older people cared for at home, UK firm says.  Cera says frailty and fear of infection mean just 1% of those it looks after have had jab.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 25 January 2021
Covid vaccine failing to reach older people cared for at home, UK firm says.  Cera says frailty and fear of infection mean just 1% of those it looks after have had jab.  Read more here.

CMM – 21 January 2021
Early indications suggest that January will feel very much like early 2020, with high levels of outbreaks, staff shortages, pressure and, very sadly, infections and deaths. Not quite the New Year everyone had hoped for, but quite possibly the beginning many would have predicted.  Read more here.

Mail Online – 20 January 2021
Boris Johnson blames ‘supply constraints’ from AstraZeneca and Pfizer for vaccine slowdown but says target of 14m jabs by mid-February IS still ‘on track’ – amid fears lockdown will last until Easter even if the goal is met.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 19 January 2021
Covid-related deaths in care homes in England jump by 46%.  Number of deaths at highest level since mid-May and UK toll at more than 25,000, figures show.  Read more here.

Mail Online – 19 January 2021
Care homes must remain priority as vaccine rollout expands, Government told.  Read more here.

Yahoo News – 19 January 2021
Covid-related deaths in care homes in England jump by 46%.

Deaths in care homes in England have hit the highest level since mid-May, according to the latest official figures, which revealed a 46% jump in coronavirus-related deaths in the last week as the more transmissible variant of Covid-19 breaches care homes’ defences.  Read more here.

Carehome.Co.UK – 18 January 2021
Care providers get £120m to spend on extra staff, as absence rates rise due to Covid.

The government has announced that care homes and home care services in England struggling with rising absence rates due to Covid, will be able to access a £120m fund to pay for extra staff or to pay existing staff overtime.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 16 January 2021
New £120m fund to provide boost for care sector staffing levels.  Cash comes after survey reveals some providers report 50% staff absences.  Read more here.

Yahoo! Sport – 16 January 2021
New £120 million fund to boost social care sector staffing levels.  Local councils will be able to boost social care staffing levels through an extra £120 million of funding, the Government has announced.  Read more here.

The Telegraph – 6 January 2021
What exactly is the Pfizer vaccine, who will get it, and is it safe?  Here is what you need to know about the coronavirus jab which is being rolled out in the UK  Read more here.

The Telegraph – 5 January 2021
Can I visit a relative in a care home during the national lockdown?  Everything we know about care home visits and shielding for the vulnerable to curb coronavirus surge.  Read more here.

Yahoo News – 4 January 2021
NHS needs to deliver at least 2m jabs a week to fulfil government target.

The NHS will have to start delivering at least 2m jabs a week from next week if it is to fulfil the government’s plan to vaccinate everyone in the four highest-priority groups by mid-February.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 4 January 2021
NHS needs to deliver at least 2m jabs a week to fulfil government target.  The groups Boris Johnson said will receive first dose amount to about 13.9 million people in England.  Read more here.

Yahoo Sport 4 January 2021
Care homes with outbreaks ‘should receive prompt Covid vaccination’ – NHS.  Care homes with coronavirus outbreaks should receive vaccination promptly, the NHS has said, after it emerged homes with cases were struggling to get access.  Read more here.

The Telegraph – 7 December 2020
The priority list for the Pfizer vaccine – and how it will be rolled out.  Advice says that ‘those most at risk from dying’ and health workers should be at the front of the queue.  Read more here

The Telegraph – 7 December 2020
What exactly is the Pfizer vaccine, who will get it, and is it safe?  Here is what you need to know about the coronavirus jab approved for use in the UK.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 6 December 2020
Fears that UK will not cope with Brexit and Covid vaccine rollout

Staff shortages in the NHS and civil service and disruption at ports will only compound difficulties of delivery.  Read more here.

Mail Online – 5 December 2020
Care homes are accused of ‘playing God’ by refusing to allow families to hug their loved ones despite new advice on visits.

Vic Rayner, the executive director at the National Care Forum, told the Telegraph visiting was ‘an essential element of the delivery of good care.  Read more here.

Mail Online – 2 December 2020
Now you CAN hug your granny: Ministers REVERSE ban on hugging elderly loved ones in care homes this Christmas as they roll out rapid coronavirus tests.  Read more here.

The Evening Standard – 1 December 2020
Only working age care home residents allowed to leave for visits over Christmas.

Only residents of working age should be allowed leave care homes for Christmas, according to Government guidance.

An exemption can be made in exceptional circumstances, such as visiting a loved one at the end of their life.  Read more here.

The Guardian – 1 December 2020
Hugging to resume in England’s care homes with rapid Covid tests.  Protective equipment still needed and not everyone will be able to visit before Christmas.  Read more here.

Mail Online – 30 November 2020 
Elderly care home residents ‘will be allowed to visit families over Christmas and form festive bubbles’ under new guidance being drawn up by ministers

  • Guidance currently states they can only have up to two PPE-clad visitors
  • But the Cabinet Office suggested ministers are preparing to row back on the rule
  • Care home residents may be allowed to form a bubble with two households 

Read more here.

Mail Online – 28 November 2020
Care homes are told to ban Christmas decorations under pointless ‘bah humbug guidelines’ aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus.  Read more here.

Yahoo – 27 November 2020
Sage advice for Christmas: How your Covid-safe festive period could look.  Read more here.

Mail Online – 20 November 2020
Care homes need urgent funding so staff can lay on family visits this Christmas, report warns

  • National Care Forum says care homes need more funding for Christmas visits
  • Care homes spent an average of £4,000 extra last month for relatives to visit
  • Since then government recommended buying floor-to-ceiling Perspex screens

Read more here.

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard –  18 November 2020
Urgent funding needed to meet care home visits pledge, providers warn.

Testing visitors is also being trialled across 20 care homes, and this will put additional financial pressure on providers if rolled out more widely, which the Government hopes to do before Christmas.  Read more here.

Yeovil – 18 November 2020
Urgent funding needed to meet care home visits pledge, providers warn.  Care homes spent an average of £4,000 on facilitating visits over October, a survey of providers by the National Care Forum (NCF) found.  Read more here.

Guernsey Press – 18 November 2020
Urgent funding needed to meet care home visits pledge, providers warn.  Care homes spent £4,000 on average to facilitate visits over October, a survey has found.  Read more here.

The Whitehaven News – 18 November 2020
Urgent funding needed to meet care home visits pledge, providers warn.

This was before Government guidance was released on visits during England’s second national lockdown, recommending measures such as installing floor to ceiling Perspex screens, which will add to costs.  Read more here.Ealing Times – 18 Novembe4r 2020

Urgent funding needed to meet care home visits pledge, providers warn.

The Government must rapidly make more funding available if it is to make good its pledge that all care homes will be able to receive visitors by Christmas, care bosses say.  Read more here.Stirling News – 18 November 2020

Urgent funding needed to meet care home visits pledge, providers warn.

The Government must rapidly make more funding available if it is to make good its pledge that all care homes will be able to receive visitors by Christmas, care bosses say.  Read more here.

Echo News – 18 November 2020

Urgent funding needed to meet care home visits pledge, providers warn.  Read more here.

The Northern Farmer – 18 November 2020

Urgent funding needed to meet care home visits pledge, providers warn.  The Government must rapidly make more funding available if it is to make good its pledge that all care homes will be able to receive visitors by Christmas, care bosses say.  Read more here.

iNews – 18 November 2020

Care homes left in dire straits as they face ‘astronomical’ insurance premium hikes and reduced cover.  Many policies come up for renewal in January and owners believe they face the same situation as colleagues did in the summer.  Read more here.

The Care home Environment – 18 November 2020

NCF: ‘Shocking’ Lack Of Covid Tests For Supported Living Residents.

Just 1.3 per cent of supported living services or extra care housing schemes in England operated by National Care Forum (NCF) members are getting access to the single round of Covid testing promised by the government, according to a survey.  Read more here.Yahoo News – 18 November 2020

UK care home bosses seek extra £500m for Christmas Covid measures.

After the health secretary, Matt Hancock, pledged to make visiting possible in every care home by Christmas, the National Care Forum (NCF) said homes need a doubling of the £546m infection control fund to at least £1bn.  Read more here.

Luton Today – 17 November 2020

Rapid Covid tests could allow Christmas care home visits – but is the government giving false hope?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has raised hopes that members of the public may be given access to rapid coronavirus tests in order to safely visit loved ones in care homes this Christmas.  Read more here.The Guardian – 7 November 2020

Care home residents face postcode lottery over face-to-face visits.  Policy in England varies by region as ministers leave local health chiefs to set rules.  Read more here.

Nursing in Practice – 5 November 2020

Care homes need more support with lockdown visits’

Government guidance – released unexpectedly yesterday – to help care homes put in measures to allow residents to receive visits during lockdown has received mixed reaction.  Read more here.CMM – 5 November 2020

The press release suggests that options for safe care home visits in line with the guidance could include:

  • Visits using COVID-secure visiting areas/pods with floor to ceiling screens and windows where the visitor and resident enter through different entrances, are separated by screens and visitors do not need to enter or pass through the care home.
  • Visits at windows, where the visitor does not need to come inside the care home or where the visitor remains in their car, and the resident is socially distanced.
  • Outdoor visits with one other person – visitors can meet outside with a loved one, in areas which can be accessed without anyone going through a shared building.
  • Further support for virtual visits, encouraging the use of video calls.

Read more here.Yahoo! – 5 November 2020

Fears new ‘prison-style’ care home rules will leave vulnerable people distressed. The government has been criticised for proposing “prison-style” visits to the elderly in care homes during lockdown.  Read more here.

LocalGov – 5 November 2020

Sector calls for ‘meaningful’ guidance on care home visits.  The care sector has called on the Government to provide detailed guidance on how care homes can offer COVID-secure visits during lockdown.  Read more here.

Care Appointments – 2 November 2020.

Ban on care home visit during winter lockdown would violate ‘fundamental human rights’.  Read more here.Amed Health – 2 November 2020

Banning care home visits in second lockdown would violate ‘human rights’.

Banning care home visits in England’s lockdown would breach the ‘fundamental human rights’ of residents and their families.  Read more here.Mail Online – 2 November 2020

Banning care home visits in second lockdown would violate ‘fundamental human rights’ of residents and their families, bosses warn.  Read more here.Care Management Matters – 2 November 2020

Allow care home visitors, says coalition.  Read more here.

carehome.co.uk – 2 November 2020

COVID-19: Calls for care home visits to continue during month-long lockdown.  A coalition of over 60 organisations has sent an open letter to the government urging it not to take away care home visits to families and loved ones during the month-long lockdown which starts Thursday 5 November.  Read more here.

The Care Home Environment – 2 November 2020

NCF: Lockdown Must Not Lock Out Care Home Visitors.

A coalition of over 60 organisations brought together by the National Care Forum (NCF) has called on the government to ensure care homes are supported to enable visits by families and loved ones during the pandemic.  Read more here.Carer’s UK – 2 November 2020

Care home visits must continue under new lockdown restrictions.

On 31st October, the Government announced it will be introducing new national lockdown restrictions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, that will come into force on Thursday 5th November, if passed by Parliament.  Read more here.The Care Home Environment – 2 November 2020

Ex-Care Ministers Urge £3.9bn Emergency Social Care Support.  Read more here.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

Listen here.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 NewsnightDaily 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

.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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD4LGBB7tAY&feature=youtu.beMedia Releases – 21 – 23 April 2020

See the following link to view Media Coverage 21-23 April 2020nzherald.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 hereBBC 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 hereThe 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 hereZDNet – 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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