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An adult care home manager from Flintshire is to be removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after Social Care Wales found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his criminal conviction for fraud and theft.Daniel Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty on 18 June 2018 at Mold Magistrates Court to…
Urgent checks are being made on up to 3,000 foreign doctors after it was revealed a fake psychiatrist was allowed to practice for 22 years with no qualification.Zholia Alemi claimed she had a primary medical qualification when she first registered in the UK in 1995.In reality, her claim to have…
Social Work now has a new champion, albeit in the unlikely guise of the new industry regulator. As part of the 2017 Children’s and Social Work Act, the Government introduced a new regulatory body in the form of Social Work England (SWE). The new body has powers to implement change…
England's chief care inspector has warned of "shocking" failings over people in care homes.Andrea Sutcliffe, the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) chief inspector of adult social care, said some care services had put patients at risk of "harm and potentially death".She also lambasted some services people receive at home, saying that…
Disjointed health and social care services are placing increasing pressure on A&E departments in England, the independent health regulator has warned. A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) suggests there is growing "care injustice" in access to services across the country. It said "ineffective collaboration" is driving demand for…
Charities must change to meet public expectations of behaviour if they are to survive and help "those who feel they've been let down", the head of the sector's regulator is to warn. Charity Commission chair Baroness Stowell of Beeston (pictured) will tell an audience at the Royal Society of Arts…
Social Care Wales have issued a call for your views on changes to the practice guidance for social workers, social care managers and residential child care managers. The practice guidance describes the standards expected in every day practice and builds on the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care and…
Sexual incidents are "commonplace" on mental health wards, a new report suggests. Patients and staff have been left distressed after receiving unwanted advances and being spoken to in a sexualised manner, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said. The regulator is calling for new national guidance to improve safety on mental…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today announced the appointment of Lorraine Gray as its new Chief Executive. Ms Gray was appointed Interim Chief Executive in the spring, following Anna Fowlie’s move to the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. Ms Gray has a long association with the SSSC, most recently…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council have issued a call to all new social care registrants and their managers to take part in a survey to review the impact of social care registration. The survey, which is being conducted by the Department of Health, NISCC and the Social Care Institute…
A new NHS whistleblowing service to prevent patient harm needs to be fully independent, MPs have warned. Plans to establish a Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) to investigate cases of compromised patient safety have been supported by a joint Lords and Commons committee. But proposals to allow the HSSIB…
Health and social care organisations are prioritising individual performance over patients, the health watchdog has warned. Local leaders should be incentivised to work together and judged on how well the system as a whole is meeting the needs of elderly people, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission…
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