Raising Standards in Care Homes
During the last seven years a staggering total of 380 care homes in the UK have been declared insolvent. In 2016 the Department of Communities and Local Government introduced the social care precept which permits councils in England that provide social care to adults to raise council tax by 3% in 2017/18 and 3% in 2018/19, allowing some degree of relief for the care system under pressure.
Worryingly, in 2014 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that 522 care providers responsible for 318 residential and nursing homes, and 210 home-care services had failed to meet the most basic legal standards for staffing. In December 2014, the previous Government pledged a number of new measures, including introducing a new care certificate scheme for all care workers; “fit and proper person” test for directors of care homes and the power to prosecute directors of care homes that fall short of standards “in a serious way” and that lead to suffering of their residents.
With the aging population growing, this timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for key stakeholders to consider ways to meet the emerging challenges in the social care sector and improve the care provision in these times of austerity.