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Scottish Care, the representative body for independent social care services, has announced Professor Alan Baird has been appointed as their new Honorary President. Alan will take over the role from Stewart Sutherland, Baron Sutherland of Houndwood, who has decided to stand down from his commitment. Speaking about the appointment, Dr…
Scottish Care has launched a new report on Mental Health at their annual Care Home Conference & Exhibition in Glasgow. The report, entitled ‘Fragile Foundations: Exploring the Mental Health of the Social Care Workforce and the People They Support’, was launched by Dr Donald Macaskill, Scottish Care CEO, in front…
Four staff members at a residential facility for vulnerable adults have been excluded from work amid a police investigation into concerns about their conduct. Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Antrim provides care for adults with an intellectual disability and those with behavioural or mental ill health. It is understood a probe…
The squeeze on public spending and the drop in nurse numbers since 2010 has contributed to 120,000 unnecessary deaths in England, according to new research. There could be as many as 100 excess deaths a day from now on if the NHS does not get an urgent cash injection, a…
Around a third of nursing posts in care homes are vacant, with providers reporting increased difficulties recruiting staff, a new report has found. Scottish Care, which represents the independent health and social care sector, estimates the vacancy level stands at 31%, up on the 28% estimate for 2016. The number…
Northern Ireland's cash-strapped health service is paying up to £120 an hour for agency nurses as it struggles to plug chronic staff shortages, it can be revealed. Hospitals and clinics are becoming increasingly reliant on agency nurses due to difficulties in filling staff posts. The Press Association has learned that…
The bitter fallout from the Conservative General Election humiliation has continued with fresh revelations about splits at the top of Theresa May's campaign. A new book about the ill-fated campaign claims concerns were raised about controversial social care changes in the Tory manifesto but the Prime Minister chose to press…
Only one in 10 people in England who fund their social care costs would benefit from a £72,000 cap on the amount they have to pay and a more generous system should be introduced instead, the charity Independent Age said. Research found that it would take the typical pensioner six…
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