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Wales needs a different system which provides seamless health and care services – that’s the message from the independent review of Health and Social Care, chaired by Dr Ruth Hussey. The new report published makes a number of recommendations on how change to the system can be supported and explains,…
Half of England's large care home providers for the elderly have at least one in four failing homes in their network, a study has found. Analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection results showed some of the 54 providers operating at least 12 homes in England had half or more…
Demands for efficiency savings on the cost of care for some sick and disabled patients could put patient safety at risk, MPs have said. Officials want local health bodies to cut the amount spent on the NHS's Continuing Healthcare funding packages and NHS-funded nursing care by hundreds of millions of…
Growing staff shortages in mental health care are affecting the quality and safety of care, a new report has warned. Meanwhile the funding gap between the amount spent on acute hospitals and mental health trusts has widened in England, the authors claimed. The new report, by health think tank The…
Sir David Behan has announced his intention to step down as Chief Executive of CQC. He will continue in the role until the summer to allow the appointment process for a successor to take place. Sir David said: "After six years at CQC and over 40 years continuous employment in…
Patients become less satisfied with the care provided in hospitals if they believe there are not enough nurses on the ward, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Southampton found that only 14% of patients who reported there was never or rarely enough nurses on the hospital…
Eleanor Schooling writes that it is possible for homes to support ‘hard-to-place’ children and still achieve a good or better inspection outcome. Today, I want to talk about the children living in children’s homes. While the majority of children looked after live in foster placements, around one in 12 children…
Nominations are being invited for the Scottish Social Services Awards, which features a new award to recognise excellence in Children’s Services and mark 2018 being the Year of Young People. Introduced last year, the Scottish Social Services Awards aim to celebrate excellence and bring one of the country’s largest sectors,…
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