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An adult care home manager from Swansea has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a fitness to practise panel found he put individuals in his care in unwarranted risk of harm. The Social Care Wales hearing was told that Ashley Bowen, who managed the now-closed St…
A social worker who said a woman was failing to meet her son's "emotional needs" because she had not taken him out for an ice cream and did not get his hair to be cut "in the way that he liked" has come under fire from a High Court judge.…
Heléna Herklots CBE has been named as the new Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, the Welsh Government has announced. Heléna is currently Chief Executive of Carers UK, the national membership charity for the UK’s 6.5 million carers. She has had over 30 years’ experience of supporting and working with older…
A wife who stabbed her husband to death during a drink-fuelled row a week before Christmas has been jailed for eight years. Natasha Jex, 32, used a kitchen knife to inflict the single, fatal blow to her 52-year-old husband Neal at their home in the Penywaun area of Aberdare, South…
Staff working in adult residential care and nursing homes in Wales will be eligible for free flu vaccinations through NHS community pharmacies from this winter, Health and Social Services Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced. NHS healthcare staff are already offered flu vaccination by NHS employers as part of occupational health…
A 37-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of four-year-old Amelia Brooke Harris. Carly Ann Harris, from Trealaw, Rhondda, South Wales, will appear before Merthyr Magistrates' Court accused of killing the girl who died on Friday night. Earlier, Amelia Brooke's family had paid tribute to a "fun-loving, caring and…
Offenders in South Wales who commit low-level crimes while under the influence of alcohol will be offered the chance to take a two-hour educational course rather than face court, police have said. It is hoped the scheme introduced by Gwent Police will reduce re-offending and also cut costs usually incurred…
A new kind of prescription is being employed by one group of GP practices in Swansea and it's proving popular with local residents. The Cwmtawe cluster of GP surgeries is one of the first in Wales to have a social prescribing worker who can ‘prescribe’ social help as well as…
A social worker from Wrexham has been removed from the Social Care Wales register after a fitness to practise hearing found he had put the young people in his care at risk of serious harm. Les Woods was accused of multiple failings between March 2016 and June 2017, including failing…
A service providing support for women at risk of having their children taken into care is being made available across Wales, Social Care Minister Huw Irranca-Davies has said. The Reflect programme was initially developed by Newport City Council, with the assistance of Barnardo’s Cymru, to support mothers following the compulsory,…
Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, often without adequate reviews or records being kept, according to a new report from a National Assembly committee. The Health, Social Care and…
The Welsh Government's Supporting People Programme could be at risk of letting down vulnerable and elderly people due to the confusing way it will work and uncertainty it creates for organisations charged with delivering it, according to a National Assembly committee. Worth around £125 million pounds a year the programme…
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