Hancock: Social care reforms ‘absolutely must happen’

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told Parliament that the government needs a more co-ordinated policy between health and social care as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Active Minds app helping families caring during lockdown

An app released by wellbeing company Active Minds is helping carers of those living with dementia to keep minds active during lockdown.

Care home death rate declines 31% as Covid toll tops 10,000

The number of deaths in care homes related to Covid-19 has declined by 31%, according to the latest weekly data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Emergency Covid funds ‘not getting through’ to care sector

Care England has called on the UK government to do more to ensure more £3.2bn of emergency funds for councils to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic gets to the social care front line.

Care groups back additional UK government support for sector

Care providers have backed government promises of extra help for care and nursing homes in the battle against Covid-19.

Scots boost clinical oversight of care homes

Scotland has introduced new arrangements to strengthen the clinical oversight of care homes to help providers deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

Care sector facing ‘devastating’ Covid second wave

A leading care home manager has warned the sector faces a devastating second wave of Covid-19 infections due to the UK government’s response to the virus.

MEDSan maps path to weekly Covid testing

MEDsan UK has launched a Covid-19 testing strategy for businesses wanting to get employees back to work.

Care home residents account for a third of UK Covid deaths

Care home residents account for over a third of all UK deaths related to Covid-19, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

Brum GPs establish virtual care home support service

Birmingham GP organisation South Doc Services (SDS) has pioneered a free-to-use support service for all the care homes in the city by using telephone and video technology.

Webinar to showcase Covid care comms best practice

A care and rehab group is to host a webinar on Friday (15 May) to share its experience of internal operations software used during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barchester pounces on consented Otterbourne site

Barchester Healthcare has acquired a Hampshire development site with planning permission for a 62-bed care home from Newcore Capital Management.

Government pledges extra £600m for care home infection control

The UK government is to spend an extra £600m on infection control in care and nursing homes to help the fight against Covid-19.

Covid-19 kills ‘at least 20,000’ in care homes – report

The outbreak of Covid-19 has led to the death of least 20,000 people in care homes in England and Wales according to an estimate by Reuters based on official data.

Social care ‘most likely’ sector to bounce back in 2021

Social care is the sector most likely to recover in 2021 from a UK economic downturn according to commercial property specialists Instant Offices.

Providers fear care home deaths spike despite downward trend in weekly data

Care providers fear a spike in the number of care and nursing home deaths from coronavirus if lockdown restrictions are lifted too quickly despite a downward trend in weekly data.

DHSC launches Covid testing portal for care homes

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched an online portal for care homes in England to arrange the supply of Covid-19 testing kits.

Miele appoints professional products launch lead

White goods manufacturer Miele GB has appointed Clare Humphrey to lead launches of new products for its professional division.

ONS data shows care workers twice as likely to die from Covid-19

The rate of Covid-19 related deaths among social care workers in England and Wales is twice the national average, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Covid care home guidance ‘will form key part of a public inquiry’

UK guidance on discharging hospital patients to care homes is likely to form a key plank of a future public inquiry into the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to law firm Kingsley Napley.