A leading think-tank has warned that the future of adult social care looks "bleak" as not enough money is being spent on the sector.Read the full story ›
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Care for older and vulnerable people needs to be protected in the face of £1.1 billion budget cuts, a report is warning.Read the full story ›
The daughter of a woman who suffered poor care from her nursing home said she was "not convinced" changes to inspections the industry watchdog are introducing will help.
Mandy Mugford secretly filmed her mother as she was cared for in a nursing home and found she was left for five hours in a wet nightie by nurses.
She told Good Morning Britain initially welcome the Care Quality Commissions to "move things forward" but said she "was not convinced" and said the industry needed to be "watched very vigorously".
Families, residents and the public must be "very clear" about what they expect from care homes for the elderly, an industry watchdog chief told Good Morning Britain.
The Care Quality Commissions Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care for England, Andrea Sutcliffe, said the watchdog needed to be "very clear" about the judgements and reasoning.
"From October this year we will be rating all services, saying whether they are good or outstanding, because there is some great care out there - but also whether they require improvement, or whether they are inadequate."
Complaints about adult social care have risen by 130% over the last five years, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has revealed.
In the last year alone, there has been a 14% increase in the number of complaints and enquiries received about adult social care, the LGO said.
In 2013 the LGO received 2,456 complaints and enquiries about adult social care.
There are a total 1.3 million users of adult social care across the whole of England.
Complaints have risen since the LGO took on responsibility for registered private care providers back in 2009.
Ed Miliband has said people with long-term conditions such as dementia or diabetes should be given "whole-person care", instead of services focusing on only one part of the body.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the Labour Leader said patients would benefit from a single, co-ordinated care team rather than being passed between different services.
Patients should have their own tailored care plan and be given access to "a personal care co-ordinator who is on their side and watching their back", Mr Miliband wrote.
It comes as a new report commissioned by Labour calls for the current system to be replaced with one that views a person's health and social care needs together.
The child protection system is "beyond breaking point" and social workers are facing increasing pressure, according to a report by the British Association of Social Workers.
The report for a group of MPs makes the following recommendations:
- An end to unpaid overtime
- Separation of social worker's electronic records and data collection
- Exploration of improved caseload management strategies
- A restoration of local authority car allowances
- Ending the "hot desking" culture
- Protection of role for social workers
- Exploration of how to record social worker's input and achievements
- Consideration should be given to proper recognition of restrictive working conditions
- Guidance to encourage social work involvement in NHS patient management
- The employer health check should be reviewed and more rigorous
- Government should liaise with the Association of Chief Police Officers on taking action against those behind websites inciting hatred towards social workers