Department of Health Performance and Capability Review of the CQC

9 March 2012

These are seriously troubled times for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), but when, since its inception in 2010, has the CQC been out of the firing line? The attacks have regularly exceeded the sort of hostility any effective regulator generates, but most of them, sadly, have been fully justified, Jef Smith discusses.

Carbon monoxide safety

7 March 2012

On average about 30 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year, as a result of improperly installed, maintained or poorly ventilated gas appliances and flues. Many more are made ill by the gas. Martin Hodgson explains what care home managers can do to ensure that their service users and staff are safe from what is commonly known as the “silent killer”.

Carbon monoxide safety

7 March 2012

On average about 30 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year, as a result of improperly installed, maintained or poorly ventilated gas appliances and flues. Many more are made ill by the gas. Martin Hodgson explains what domiciliary care managers can do to ensure that their service users and staff are safe from what is commonly known as the “silent killer”.

Doubts over Dilnot

22 February 2012

Jef Smith reviews the still-uncertain prospects for a reform of social care funding.

Theft and respect for service users and property

16 February 2012

Last year saw yet more cases of the theft of valuables and possessions from service users in the care sector, many of the crimes perpetrated by the very staff paid to protect them. Martin Hodgson investigates the situation.

Theft and respect for service users and property

14 February 2012

Last year saw yet more cases of the theft of valuables and possessions from service users in the care sector, many of the crimes perpetrated by the very staff paid to protect them. Martin Hodgson investigates the situation.

First-aid boxes and equipment

1 February 2012

Guidance covering the content of first-aid boxes has recently changed and is applicable from the beginning of 2012. What is the latest guidance and what do employers have to do to comply? Martin Hodgson explains.

First-aid boxes and equipment

1 February 2012

Guidance covering the content of first-aid boxes has recently changed and is applicable from the beginning of 2012. What is the latest guidance and what do employers have to do to comply? Martin Hodgson explains.

Can anyone guarantee a home for life?

18 January 2012

A term recently adopted by the care home industry is “a home for life”, an expression that encapsulates with directness, style and economy exactly what the best care regimes aspire to for their customers. Whether a residential home, a nursing home, a sheltered or very sheltered housing unit, or a domiciliary care agency supporting people in their own residences, everyone seems eager to offer their customers a settled location on that they can depend “for life”. But, wonders Jef Smith, how true can these claims be?

Can anyone guarantee a home for life?

18 January 2012

A term recently adopted by the care home industry is “a home for life”, an expression that encapsulates with directness, style and economy exactly what the best care regimes aspire to for their customers. Whether a residential home, a nursing home, a sheltered or very sheltered housing unit, or a domiciliary care agency supporting people in their own residences, everyone seems eager to offer their customers a settled location on that they can depend “for life”. But, wonders Jef Smith, how true can these claims be?