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  • 'Make care settings fortresses'

    'Make care settings fortresses'

    17.05.20 The Social Care Institute for Excellence’s Chief Executive Kathryn Smith welcomes recent Government reassurances about fighting COVID-19 in care settings and says that we have to keep getting the basics right. She said “We now need to make all care settings fortresses in the fight against Covid-19” and called for an adequate supply of PPE and training, along with careful consideration of discharges back to care homes.

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  • Tests for all care home residents and staff in England by early June

    Tests for all care home residents and staff in England by early June

    15.05.20 Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that all people living or working in care homes in England will be tested for Covid-19. Speaking at Downing Street's press briefing on Friday, Mr Hancock pledged that testing would be made available to every care home resident and member of staff, whether they are symptomatic or not.

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  • Online portal designed to 'make it easy' to arrange test deliveries

    Online portal designed to 'make it easy' to arrange test deliveries

    15.05.20 A new online portal from the government is intended to make it easy for care homes to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits. All care home staff – symptomatic and asymptomatic – are eligible for testing, although there have reports from care homes of difficulties accessing the tests. Health minister Helen Whately said there was now capacity to deliver up to 30,000 tests a day to residents and staff in care homes for older people. Access the portal here

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  • E-Newsletter 15 May 2020

    E-Newsletter 15 May 2020

    We are delighted to bring you our week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. In this Weekly Newsletter, which is part of your subscription to the Journal of Dementia Care, we're taking some of the best stories from our dementia care newsfeed and adding some “Editor’s Picks”. Ideas and contributions always welcome at mark.ivory@nexusgroup.co.uk

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  • E-Newsletter - 11 May 2020

    E-Newsletter - 11 May 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. In this Weekly Newsletter, which is part of your subscription to the Journal of Dementia Care, we are taking some of the best stories from our dementia care newsfeed and adding some of our own “Editor’s Picks”. Ideas and contributions always welcome at mark.ivory@investorpublishing.co.uk

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  • Study to assess impact of service closures

    Study to assess impact of service closures

    16.05.20 The impact on people with dementia of local service closures during the pandemic will be examined in a national study co-funded by Bradford University. Dr Kathryn Lord, a senior research fellow in the Faculty of Health Studies, said the goal was to ensure that these services were not forgotten when the lockdown is eased. She said: “We are looking at the impact of social service closures and how they affect people. This might be things like accessing day centres or having befrienders coming round. We will be speaking to hundreds of people affected by the closures as a result of lockdown. We will be looking at people’s mental health, anxiety, depression, how they are feeling, together with the impact of stopping these services so suddenly. The goal of the study is to help them during this time but also build a case for reopening these services post-lockdown.” The study will be led by Dr Clarissa Giebel from Liverpool University.

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  • LSE international study claims high mortality rates were not 'inevitable'

    LSE international study claims high mortality rates were not 'inevitable'

    15.05.20 Researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE) have suggested that as many as half of all deaths from coronavirus could occur in care homes, even though official figures indicated that the proportion is around a quarter. Many care homes continue to report significant numbers of deaths from covid-19. In an international comparison report from the LSE’s new LTCcovid resource, research fellow Adelina Comas-Herrera said large numbers of care home deaths were “not inevitable” and appropriate measures could be taken to prevent and control infections. “There is also growing evidence of asymptomatic transmission in care homes, which highlights the importance of regular testing in care homes instead of relying on symptoms to identify people with potential covid-19 infections,” Comas-Herreras wrote.

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  • Dedicated workforce app launched for care workers

    Dedicated workforce app launched for care workers

    14.05.20 A dedicated smartphone app has been launched for social care workers by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). The Care Workforce app is designed to act as a digital hub for staff to access the latest updates, guidance and support on coronavirus. The DHSC said mental wellbeing guidance for workers would soon be published and would be signposted on the app, which it claimed would act as a “one-stop shop” to help staff keep themselves well. Care minister Helen Whately commented: “The Care Workforce app is there to help those frontline care workers - from providing the latest news and guidance, to sharing stories to draw inspiration from in challenging times, and as a way of connecting colleagues from Cornwall to Carlisle. I hope it will help unite people working in care across the country.”

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  • Charity Commission finds 'no evidence' that charity broke rules

    Charity Commission finds 'no evidence' that charity broke rules

    13.05.20 An investigation by the Charity Commission has cleared Alzheimer’s Society of mishandling bullying and harassment allegations when its former chief executive Jeremy Hughes was still in post. At the time the Guardian reported allegations that there was a toxic culture and that substantial sums had been paid out to former staff in non-disclosure agreements, both claims denied by the Society. According to the Charity Commission, no evidence was found that “confidentiality clauses used by the charity were designed to or would have had the effect of preventing staff from reporting any whistleblowing, bullying, harassment or discrimination complaint.” Alzheimer’s Society welcomed the findings, although it said the investigation had been an opportunity for reflection.

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  • Tests remain a paramount concern

    Tests remain a paramount concern

    12.05.20 Despite a pledge from the government that coronavirus tests would be fully available to care home staff and residents, a survey by the National Care Forum (NCF) found that only 22% of social care workers had been able to access testing up to 5 May. It came as care home operator Milford Care wrote to the Care Quality Commission and other key influencers to complain about the “apparent lack of ownership of testing in care homes.” Milford Care, which owns six care homes in the north of England, said that a local hospital had refused to follow guidelines by testing patients on discharge to care homes and had acted in a threatening manner when homes had then refused to accept patients back. “Our Managers are getting batted about from pillar to post to try and organise some testing for their staff and residents,” wrote Kara Gratton, a senior manager at Milford Care.

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