Welsh carers to be given £500 sweetener

Social care workers in Wales are to be given a one-off bonus payment of £500 in recognition of their efforts in helping to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

CQC instigates emergency framework amid Covid crisis

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to adopt from 4 May an emergency support framework (ESF) that underpins its regulatory approach during the coronavirus pandemic.

Care industry welcomes temporary zero VAT rate on PPE

The UK government has removed VAT on the purchase by businesses and individuals of personal protective equipment (PPE) for three months amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Care provider survey says ‘we’re worried for future’ amid Covid crisis

Care providers fear for their own organisations’ future survival as they fight to help older and vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by the Independent Care Group (ICG) trade body.

Nottingham home sees all Covid patients make full recovery

A Nottingham care home has successfully managed to contain a Covid outbreak and save lives thanks to the hard work of staff.

Alzheimer’s Society survey quizzes care home Covid challenges

The Alzheimer’s Society is asking care home managers and other workers to complete a short survey to find out the challenges they face in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

Sanders Senior Living gets planning nod for Worcester home

Sanders Senior Living has won planning permission to build a 77-bed care home in Worcester expected to be open for residents by summer 2021.

Inspired moves for 200-bed development site acquisition

Legal & General later living business Inspired Villages has acquired a 12-acre site in Bedfordshire with planning permission for a 200-bed development.

Pan-Northern £3.4m data initiative to monitor care residents

A group of healthcare workers and scientists across the North of England have been awarded £3.4m for a health data programme that will initially focus on improving monitoring of residents in care homes amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Charterpoint gets green light to plot Lincolnshire development

Planning permission has been granted for a care home on a Lincolnshire development that forms part of a wider residential scheme delivered by Charterpoint Group.

Labour letter to Hancock calls for ‘Chief Care Officer’

Labour has called for the UK government to create a ‘Chief Care Officer’ position in a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock that sets out six action points to address the growing Covid-19 crisis faced by social care.

Sirenum launches care home staff management app

Cloud-based software provider Sirenum has built a free app specifically to help care homes manage staff during the Covid-19 crisis.

Care death figures ‘likely to be higher’ as official data reveals grim toll

Care providers warned fresh Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Office for National Statistics data showing the number of deaths in care and nursing homes from Covid-19 could be below the true figure.

National Care Forum calls for greater access to GPs

Care homes urgently need more input from GPs and other community clinical leaders to ensure front line managers can cope during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the National Care Forum (NCF).

Swish deep cleans nursing home for free

Contract cleaners Swish Clean has completed a decontamination programme free of charge for a nursing home in South Gloucestershire amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Care England: Emergency funding ‘only going to providers accepting Covid patients’

Representative body Care England has called for urgent action after receiving member feedback that some local authorities are requiring providers to accept Covid-19 positive individuals to receive emergency government funding.

ICG warns care providers may collapse without more funding

Trade body Independent Care Group (ICG) has warned social care providers may go bust in the coming weeks unless the UK government steps up funding for local authorities to tackle Covid-19.

Beautiful South stars’ carer concert to make October a perfect ten

Beautiful South stars Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are to give a special one-off gig in Sheffield this October only available to care workers.

Surecert wins race for NHSx care volunteering platform grant

Surecert has beaten off competition from 1,600 other projects to be awarded a UK government grant to develop a digital platform to connect people with care job and volunteering opportunities during Covid-19.

Tech team seeks funds for resident hand-held devices

A digital media academic has launched an crowdfunding initiative to provide hand-held digital devices to help residents living in care home isolation communicate with their loved ones.