We Are Absolutely Delighted (And Proud) To Announce The Winner Of Our “Unsung Hero Of The Decade”!

It has been one of the hardest jobs of the year, but we are delighted to announce The Carer's Unsung Hero of the Decade is... Mrs Tina Higginson of Sambrook residential care home in Newport. Tina wins a fantastic luxury two night break for two people in a choice of over 300 hotels nationwide!


Picking a winner has been an almost impossible task. As readers are aware we were celebrating our 10th anniversary and wanted to engage readers by nominating an unsung hero, somebody who goes that extra mile often time and time and time again, and which can sometimes be taken for granted. ...


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Latest News


Auto-Enrolment Plans Considered To Tackle Social Care Crisis

The Department of Health and Social Care is considering a pensions-style opt-out system to tackle Britain’s mounting social care funding crisis, health secretary Matt Hancock has revealed. The Local Government Association warned earlier this year that adult social care services face a £3.5 billion funding shortfall by 2025 just to ...

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Golden Wedding Anniversary For Chester-Le-Street Couple

CHAMPAGNE corks were flying at a Chester-le-Street care home in celebration of a resident’s golden wedding anniversary. Pelton Grange Care Home resident Dennis Fullerton and his wife Margaret were surprised by staff when they returned from an anniversary lunch to banners and flowers. Staff also presented Margaret with a bouquet ...

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Liverpool’s Cutting Edge Care Hubs Plan Breaks Ground

THE SPADEWORK has started on a multi-million pound plan to transform social care for people living with dementia in Liverpool. Earthmovers are in at two sites in the city as part of a £30 million plan to create new living spaces and care hubs. The services will be managed by ...

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Barchester Healthcare Breaks New Ground With Three New Care Home Builds

National care provider, Barchester Healthcare, marked the start of their newest care home builds at three new sites around the country. Adding to their portfolio of over 200 care homes and 6 independent hospitals, the company recently broke ground for the first time at three new sites in Solihull, Eastbourne and Sherborne. ...

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NHS Celebrates 70 Years Of Serving British

This year’s British Food Fortnight shines a light on the NHS and the hospitals who continue to buy and serve British, local and seasonal food.According to the Hospital Caterers Association in excess of £200m is spent annually on food for patients with British food accounting for roughly 75% of the ...

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Care Home Residents Befriend Teens Through Citizenship Scheme

YOUNG people have been welcomed by a Tyneside care home – to help them build social skills and become top citizens. Residents at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, made unlikely friends with the teenage volunteers, aged 15 to 17, as part of Newcastle United Foundation’s National Citizenship Service (NCS.) ...

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Confusion Worsens Crisis In Social Care Staffing, Provider Group Warns

Confusion over the future of EU workers in Britain threatens to deepen the crisis in the social care workforce, a care providers’ group warned today. The Independent Care Group (ICG) fears that free movement from EU countries will end after Brexit and unskilled workers will receive no preferential treatment in ...

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New Study Offers Hope To People Living With Long-Term Pain

New research published 17th September 2018, by Pain Concern offers the prospect of better care for people living with long-term pain. Persistent pain affects 1-in-5 (800,000) people – many of them severely. Pain killers which are commonly used to treat people with long-term pain can sometimes offer only limited relief. ...

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Hill Care Fire Colour Canons For Teesside Hospice Colour Run

COLOUR canons fired by Hill Care Group staff kicked off the third and final Teesside Hospice Colour Run for 2018. The care home group, which operates several homes across Teesside, was one of the sponsors of this year’s event and given the important role of starting the run. Almost 1,200 ...

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Social Care Out In The Cold?

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has expressed concern that once again the social care sector has been left out of new funding for NHS for winter. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says: “Whist we welcome the Government’s announcement ...

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Professional Comment


CCTV In Care Homes

In May this year, former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, called for a legal requirement for every care home in Britain to be fitted with surveillance cameras to protect residents. He suggested that: “Requiring the public parts of care homes to be monitored by CCTV would contribute to reducing the possibility ...

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Wider Issues Around Registration for CQC Regulated Bodies Following Case of Convicted 82-yr-old Able to Register as Care Home Manager

By Laura Hannah, associate solicitor at national law firm Stephensons It was recently reported that an 82-year-old woman was permitted to register as a manager of a 25 bed care home for elderly residents by the Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) in 2010, despite the CQC’s knowledge of her previous conviction ...

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5 Tips On Developing A Recruitment Strategy For Your Care Home Business

It’s no secret that Brexit and the falling pound, making it less advantageous for EU citizens to work in the UK, are having a detrimental effect on staff recruitment within care homes. Recent data1 shows that currently seven per cent (95,000) of the social care workforce in the UK are ...

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Maintaining High Hygiene Standards In Care Homes

By Paul Casson, Technical Field Manager, Rentokil Specialist Hygiene & Dr Peter Barratt, Technical Manager, Initial Washroom Hygiene For both managers and employees in healthcare environments, it’s of paramount importance to maintain the highest possible standards of hygiene. Failure to comply with health and safety regulations can lead to outbreaks ...

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