Access to care services

21 March 2012

Who, in our society, gets a place in a care home or indeed any social care at all? It would be nice to think that the response was simply “those who need it”, but seeking an answer to this apparently straightforward question quickly leads one into a tangle of much more complicated issues, Jef Smith discusses.

Access to care services

21 March 2012

Who, in our society, gets domiciliary care, or indeed any social care at all? It would be nice to think that the response was simply “those who need it”, but seeking an answer to this apparently straightforward question quickly leads one into a tangle of much more complicated issues, Jef Smith discusses.

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 domiciliary care 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 care home 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.