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Reinstate hospital social workers to improve discharge outcomes, PSWs urge Barclay

Community Care

Hospital social workers should be reinstated onto wards to support people to achieve better outcomes on discharge, amid the current severe pressures on the NHS and social care. Risk of ‘poor or potentially illegal’ practice in care home discharge plan, warns ADASS.

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Risk of ‘poor or potentially illegal’ practice in care home discharge plan, warns ADASS

Community Care

Government plans for the NHS to discharge people from hospitals into care homes may result in “poor or potentially illegal” practice, through people being moving into residential care without their informed consent. Criticism of discharge focus.

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40% of people delayed in hospital awaiting social care package

Community Care

Four in ten people whose discharge from hospital is delayed are awaiting a social care package, according to NHS data. Trailing the plan yesterday, Barclay said: “Up to 20% of hospital admissions are avoidable with the right care in place.

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Government reinstates cap on care costs change that cuts benefit to less well-off

Community Care

This would have retained a provision similar to that provided for by schedule 3 of the Care Act 2014, the legal regime for tackling delayed discharges, which the Health and Social Care Bill is due to remove as part of a shift to a discharge-to-assess-approach.

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£200m for NHS to buy short-term care placements to speed up discharge

Community Care

Integrated care boards (ICBs) will be able to use the money to buy beds in care homes or other settings for up to four weeks in order to speed up hospital discharges, freeing up beds to admit people stuck in accident and emergency departments.

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65,000 adults waiting at least six months for assessment as unmet needs mount, warns ADASS

Community Care

The figure, dating from the end of February, is six times that recorded in September last year, and comes with most directors reporting they have had to prioritise assessments for cases of suspected abuse or neglect, hospital discharge or reablement following a temporary residential care stay.

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How Discharge to Assess (D2A) Can Work for Homeless Patients

Health & Social Care Workforce

Senior Research Fellow, Dr Michelle Cornes, has been working with NHS England and Improvement on the new Discharge to Assess (D2A) practice guidance, identifying good practice examples that illustrate how this new hospital discharge policy can work effectively for patients … Continue reading → Homelessness Housing Michelle Cornes

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Government Covid funding for adult social care ends

Community Care

Ensuring that care providers and councils have the staff and capacity to handle hospital discharges is crucial to ensure people get the right care at the right time, and to freeing up NHS time and space. End to discharge funding.

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Hunt announces two-year care cap delay to help councils deliver 200,000 extra care packages

Community Care

Most of this will come via the Better Care Fund – the existing stream designed to support health and social care integration – to finance services to support hospital discharge, with the rest coming through a ring-fenced grant.

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‘Things have never been so bad’ for people needing care, carers and staff, warns ADASS president

Community Care

“It is also adding to the endless pressures we see with ambulances and hospitals, and adding to the pressures we see in our communities, [including] more people requesting help with mental health and domestic abuse, [and] 2.2

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More than 90 care home operators in England declare red alert over staffing

The Guardian

It said that rules meaning homes with Covid cannot accept hospital discharges will cause backlogs in the already struggling NHS.

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‘Thrown to the wolves’: Covid care home ruling is bitter victory for relatives

The Guardian

Just over two years on, the high court ruling that the government’s hospital discharge policy that sent thousands of people untested into care homes was not only illegal but “irrational” comes as bitter proof of what they already knew: something went badly wrong.

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Minimum price of home care to rise by 12% next year, says provider body

Community Care

The minimum price commissioners should pay home care providers will rise by 11.8% next year due to increases in the national living wage and the impact of inflation on services’ costs.

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One in eight councils moved to ‘life and limb care only’ for at least some people over Christmas, warns ADASS

Community Care

More than 50 million PCR and 142 million LFD kits have been delivered to care homes and we have invested a further £478 million to support safe and timely hospital discharges to get patients into the best place for their care and support to continue.”.

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Average care worker earns less than over 80% of wider workforce

Community Care

In response to the report, the government cited its white paper commitments, along with a further £500m allocated to social care this winter to speed up hospital discharge and boost the workforce.

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CQC urges government to fund better pay for care staff to tackle ‘gridlocked’ system

Community Care

This was evidenced in the fact that, according to the NHS Confederation, two in five people are not able to leave hospital when ready, in large part because of a lack of social care.

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Almost all councils lack funding to meet adult care costs this winter, warn directors

Community Care

93% of directors said they backed more government funding for adult social care beyond £500m announced in September to support the workforce and hospital discharges , which is yet to be allocated two months on.

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Social care funding rise ‘should deliver tangible service improvements’, says government

Community Care

These included “discharge delays, social care waiting times, low fee rates, and workforce pressures”, said the DLUHC, after the levelling up secretary, Michael Gove, announced the provisional local government settlement in a parliamentary statement today.

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NHS to get most of £500m winter adult social care funding

Community Care

The NHS will be given the majority of a £500m fund for adult social care, designed to speed up hospital discharge and bolster the care workforce. 13,000 people stuck in hospitals. Adults Social work leaders adult social care funding autumn statement delayed discharges NHS

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Extra £500m for social care a ‘sticking plaster’, warn sector leaders

Community Care

The package, designed to speed up hospital discharges by increasing the availability of social care, and to boost the supply of care staff, was broadly welcomed by councils, providers, think-tanks and charities.

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How to sort out the crisis engulfing dementia care | Letters

The Guardian

Part of this funding is extensions to existing short-term grants, part is extensions to winter funding focused on hospital discharges and part is dependent on council tax rises, which not all local authorities will impose.

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Delay cap on care costs by a year to tackle social work recruitment challenge, councils urge DHSC

Community Care

They also referenced the £500m the DHSC has provided for adult social care this winter to support faster hospital discharges and improved recruitment and retention.

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Omicron infections in wider workforce ‘adding pressure’ to ‘exhausted’ social workers

Community Care

At the same time, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said adult social workers were facing “significant increases in assessment and planning work” due to an “ever-growing” number of people needing care at home and going in and out of hospital.

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Peers overturn cap on care costs change that would hit less well-off

Community Care

” Duty to consult carers before discharge reinserted. The Health and Care Bill, as drafted , would remove this requirement, along with the rest of the existing legal regime for tackling delayed discharges, as part of the shift to the discharge-to-assess model.

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Adult care bereft of cash for current pressures and long-term reforms, warn MPs

Community Care

The committee criticised the government’s decision to end Covid-specific funding to control infection and support hospital discharge, at the end of March. Adult social care is bereft of funding to tackle current pressures and longer-term reforms, MPs warn today.

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Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care Awards: inspirational stories (part one of two)

Social Care

Her clinical experience, gained in specialist hospital coronary and intensive care units, continues to remind her to always consider those affected by sudden serious illness.