Record £3.7m research grant to ‘transform’ palliative care for dementia

Researchers in London are aspiring to create a “step-change” in dementia care through an innovative study funded by a record-breaking grant. The Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at University College London, and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation at Kings College London, have been awarded £3.7m for the project. It [...] Read More

Care committed to me, a resource from Hospice UK

Commissioners and providers of palliative and end of life care need to take a more proactive approach to tackling inequalities in care to ensure that people of all ages in their diverse local communities receive the support they need according to a new resource published today.    The resource – called ‘Care committed to me’ [...] Read More

Quality improvement resource for adult social care

This resource helps shape high quality adult social care services and improve the well being of adults using social care. Aimed at commissioners, it brings together NICE quality standards and guidelines in an easy to use format, mapped against Care Quality Commission key lines of enquiry*. It may also be useful to provider organisations and people [...] Read More

Outstanding rated service named GSF Care Home of the Year

An Outstanding rated South London nursing home has been named Care Home of the Year by the National Gold Standards Framework Centre for End of Life Care (GSF). Nightingale House, which was the first care home in the UK to install an onsite nursery, was rated Outstanding by the CQC in August (see Care home [...] Read More

Mayor and Mayoress of Kingston officially open Radfield Home Care

On Tuesday, 11th September, the Mayor and Mayoress of Kingston, Councillor Thay Thayalan and Mrs Lata Thayalan, officially declared the new Radfield Home Care office open. The branch, situated in Kingston upon Thames, offers specialist home care services to older people in the communities of Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Thayalan [...] Read More

Care homes are alive with the sound of music

Care homes across England celebrated the last night of the proms in style, with live music, performance and dance. We joined forces with Live Music Now to challenge care homes to take part in the Live Music in Care challenge to help highlight the important role that live music can play, and we were blown [...] Read More

Fifth of care homes 'inadequate' or 'need improvement'

One in every five care homes in England is judged not good enough by watchdogs, BBC analysis has found. Providers say while poor care must be tackled the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating system is “inconsistent”. A poor rating has left some providers unable to get insurance or banking, which can lead to closures. The [...] Read More

3 Questions You Should Ask to Safeguard Your Care Quality Reputation

3 Questions You Should Ask to Safeguard Your Care Quality Reputation   Imagine opening that letter and seeing the words “outstanding” – wouldn’t it feel great?  Imagine how the team would feel, all of you being recognised for the hard work that you put in, not just on the day of the inspection, but for [...] Read More

Updated Key Lines of Enquiry from Autumn 2017

The CQC have published a document detailing new key lines of enquiry, prompts and ratings characteristics for adult social care services – this updated framework will be used from November 2017, and replaces the previous separate versions which were published in 2015. The updated framework has been designed to simplify the process for organisations that [...] Read More