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A revised set of standards for social care workers in Wales has been agreed by the Board of the Care Council for Wales (CCW). The standards will be launched following consultation with the Minister for Health and Social Services. The new Code will replace the one that has been in…
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published a revised Code which places public expectations at the heart of good nursing and midwifery practice. The Code will be sent to all nurses and midwives before it becomes effective on 31 March 2015. Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar of the…
The regulator of health and adult social care has issued draft guidance for consultation on how providers across England can make sure they are meeting the Government’s new requirement for them to prominently display their performance ratings from April. This follows an amended regulation laid before Parliament yesterday by the…
Ed Miliband has accused the coalition of failing people with mental health problems by making "false economies" in the NHS. Unveiling a report into the issue, the Labour leader said young people were not being diagnosed early enough and cuts were undermining treatment, resulting in much higher costs in the…
Scotland’s social care scrutiny and improvement body is considering changes to the way it handles complaints about care. The Care Inspectorate inspects and regulates more than 14,000 care services across Scotland, and last year it investigated more than 3,788 concerns about care, with 1,129 complaints upheld. And now the Inspectorate…
Labour has called on the Government to convene an emergency summit of health, social care, council and emergency services to find ways to ease the pressures on struggling accident and emergency departments. Several hospital trusts have been forced to activate major incident plans to cope with a surge in demand,…
Health Minister Norman Lamb has admitted the NHS "is not meeting" its targets, as new figures today are expected to show that A&E waiting times have fallen to their worst level for a decade. Many hospitals have struggled under the pressure this winter, with some failing to meet the target…
Adult social care services in England that fail to improve within a year of being rated as 'Inadequate' will face closure as part of new plans announced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This news follows the announcement from the Secretary of State for Health in July asking CQC to…