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Landmark report reveals frontline social care workers should be paid an extra £7000 a year | How One Care Worker’s Dual Role Supports Residents At The Lawn Care Home In Hampshire

This is so true and has been so for many years. For Social Care is the forgotten health care service.

Much has been said about NHS workers, but even then only a restricted few. Not saying nurses don’t deserve a substantial pay rise for they do, but social care workers even more so.

There are so many staff shortages in social care that only limited care can be given and not to all that need care. If recognition is not given then even the limited social care being given currently could be even more reduced. Any reductions in Social Care will have serious effects on health care and the NHS.

The Government need to keep its promises to Social care and deliver all that is required for the consequences of not doing so are so bad and devastating for all concerned.

That is why I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Please you support it also.

 

Source: Landmark report reveals frontline social care workers should be paid an extra £7000 a year | How One Care Worker’s Dual Role Supports Residents At The Lawn Care Home In Hampshire

Guardian Interview With Jo Whiley

There so much wrong with the system, not just the vaccine programme, that I fear is there anything right.

Since 2016 the LeDeR programme as been inforce through Bristol University where all deaths of persons with Learning Disabilities should be reported to and they in there research provide much needed research information on the early deaths of persons with Learning Disability.

This information is reporterd to NHS England so the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, MP should be fully aware of all the apsects of early deaths of persons with Learning Disabilities.

But he ignored all this research evidence when creating the priority lists for the Vaccine Programme and even the assessments for shielding throughout the COVID pandemic.

They have all the evidence, so the only conclusion is the Hancock and the rest of this excuse for a Government purposely ignoring the evidence because they feel people with Learning Disabilities have no equal right to live as others in .

This is abuse, total abuse and the whole Government should be charged with neglect of persons with learning Disabilities, as this is a major safeguarding concern.

This Government have totally disregarded their Duty of Care for all persons with Learning Disabilities, be they Children or adults.

Unfortunately they are not aloner on this for all previous Governments have also been as guilty be they Conservative, Labour, or Coalitions, not one person in any of these Governments have shown any degrees of concern,for a large part of the English population.

It is as though persons with Learning Disabilities are ‘out of sight and out of mind’ can this and previous Governments be seen as the ‘3 Wise Monkeys’.

The general public are also a matter of concern for they also treat persons with Learning Disabilities very similar to the Government as do certain elements of the media.

Social Care is not on anyones radar when it should be the Top Priority.

For as many years as I can remember there has been the promise of a ‘SWhite Paper on Social Care’ which by now has gone completely grey and is now reduced to dust, as is the passage of time.

Funding is and always has been a major concern, or the lack of it has been, and the 10 years of austerity cuts have on ly made it a much more serious concern. With austerity cuts the Government was wanting savings to be mad, but with Social Care there where no opportunities to cuts for these was no slack only a great deal of need, many of which was and is being unmet and the unmet is forever increasing. This then affects the incidences of further and more complexities in the need for health care, so increasing healtyh costs. If there had been proactivity instead of reactivity and in some onstances even no activity, these further draining costs being imposed on health would not have taken placer as the needs would have been met and not lead to health issues because they were unmet.

But this requires forward thinking, commitment and a genuine wish to care, none of which any Government has done for I can see.

Only when deaths occur is action taken by inituation reviews, but are the lessons ever learned from these reviews, well the simple answer is no not ever, for I feel there is a complete unwillingness to do by by all the appropriate authorities.

This is a complete disgrace in any Society and all concerned should be ashamed of themselves, but more than ashamed there should all be prosecuted for their complete lack of Duty of Care.

By supporting the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, would be a start.

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The Guardian have interviewed Jo Whiley on her campaign to change the vaccine priority list and her work as a DJ and presenter.

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Major Bristol inquiry recommends mental health institutions should shut – Bristol Live

This is a concern I have had for a few yearsand I still feel the major problems are as follows

  1. lack of funding throughout the whole of social care, which then filters into health care
  2. lack of knowledge of learning disabilities and more certainly Autism
  3. lack of staff qualified or not, including care staff in social care, due to abymals rates of pay, immigration systems against care workers being allowed into the UK freely, esspecially changes since Brexit affecting EU workers and also others around the world
  4. lack of commitment by the Government to social care, even the now supposed mandatory COVID vaccines
  5. plus many others

The Government need to urgently bring forward the long promised ‘White Paper on Social Care’, immediate reversal and repaying of all the cuts to local authority budgets due to austerity cuts, mandatory training on Autism in every care setting, including the NHS.

I have been promoting the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care (https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care), but this petition will prompt the Government into action, all it needs is your support.

This is what you can do, so please sign and then share the petition.

Source: Major Bristol inquiry recommends mental health institutions should shut – Bristol Live

Fix care for all – Public say social care should a top priority | Care Industry News 

Social Care should have been a top priority for many years, but it has not been for neither the Government or the public appreciate how important social care is. Perthaps social care is more important than health, for without social care health would be off the scale. For it is having social care, even though in many instances it is lacking in both quality ans quantity, than saves health for being required even more.

So a fully funded social care would have a tremendous affect on health and the costs of health would be substancially reduced, so the required increase in social care spending, will evenbtually reduce the costs related to health care.

This is why I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

If you, also supported the petition then you would not only being helping those in need of social care and their families, but also helping to reduce the costs of health care. This is a long-term view but is really required, for if not the costs of health care will continue to increase, as will the suffering of people in need of social care.

You or your family may not need social care currently, but your time will come, so look to your future and do now what will help you when you need it.

Currerntly social care needs you, so please sign the petition, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Then it will be there when you eventually require it.

 

Source: Fix care for all – Public say social care should a top priority | Care Industry News Fix care for all – Public say social care should a top priority

How the UK’s four social care systems measure up against each other | Community Care

Even though the article is short in volume on a very important topic, it is very depressing reading.

Social care is extremely important for those who are reliant on it, so a fuller article is required. It is my bet that none of the 4 areas are doing as much as is actually required on the exact need for social care. So while it is good to see what each area is doing, what is more important is full research on what is really required.

I have been saying for many years that this is what should have been happening for without that information, no one will be aware of what the unmet needs are. But I know from my own experience with my own family that some social workers come to the assessment and state very early on that there will not be sufficient funding for all care needs, so in many instances they do not record what they feel will not be met. While this gives the respective recipient of care a more accurate idea of what they may receive, it is not the correct methodology.

We all know that social care is seriously underfunded, much more so than health, and so far as I am aware it has always been underfunded. But with 10 years of austerity cuts and then, so far, a year and a half of increased costs due to COVID, this has resulted in a vast seriously fall in funding from one that was very seriously underfunded to start with.

No one really wishes to rely on social care to live a reasonable life, but circumstances do mean that many have to.

It should not be a fight to receive social care, but it is and many families do provide care for much longer than they should because they do not wish their relatives to go without care, but a time comes to us all when it is inevitable.

The systems need to be seriously looked at and with great urgency, but from what I see that is not occurring.

In 2015 the Cameron Government was reported to be ready to produce such a provision, but for some reason decided to defer to April 2020, but then there was COVID, but would this Government even done something then.

For they had the opportunity to include provision in the Queen’s speech a few days ago, but did not except for a few words. Is anyone really understanding the urgency to sort out the crisis in Social Care.

I fear not, so persons in need of Social Care will continue to suffer from inadequate social care provision.

I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, will you do also?

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

However, under-funding is but one area of the crisis in social care, as there is also a major insufficiency of persons wishing to enter the care profession, the under-funding could be a reason for the pay rates are abysmal, but also are the working conditions.

Hopefully everything will be sorted soon, for hope is all I have and people in need of care have.

 

: How the UK’s four social care systems measure up against each other | Community Care

Boris Johnson faces backlash after failing to honour his pledge to fix Britain’s social care system | Daily Mail Online

Boris Johnson faced a massive backlash this evening after devoting just nine words to social care in the Queen’s Speech.

Yes, he does and it is about time.

But, so it is for the media, for at long last the Media writes about social care and its chronic under-funding, as Social Care has never been sufficiently funded.

I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, please also do so.

For more information, please see, https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazgoEy6ROxeV0abd2mT?e=IeXIaf

Social Care needs your support, so please do so.

Source: Boris Johnson faces backlash after failing to honour his pledge to fix Britain’s social care system | Daily Mail Online

Social care cuts and increased charges causing ‘huge distress’ to disabled people | Community Care

Social Care, why call it Social Care for in many respects it is not social and care is the last thing that is done.

Much is down to funding or the complete lack of it, but it is also down to attitudes of those in authority, for in many instances, if not all, persons who are deemed to be in need of care are told what they can have, instead of being asked what their choices are.

Person-centred care is nowhere near, even though it is quoted in many instances, for most of ot is institutional care even when it is happening within a persons own home and certainly is in many, if not all Care Homes and other settings such as Supported Living, Respite, although Hospices, maybe different.

I am not, in many respects blaming authorities and those that work within the Local Authorities, but they are reacting to the lack of resources.

This also has some bearing on the quality of care being delivered, which again funding has some bearing, but also attitudes of care providers and the carers they employ for some are not there for the correct reasons. here they are there for themselves and not the persons they are supposed to be caring for. I am not saying that this is the case for many, but even one is one too many.

Then there is the lack of persons prepared to come into the caring profession, for they can earn more working in supermarkets the in caring and have many less responsibilities.

For caring, to do it correctly there are many responsibilities, there are the standards, treating people with respect and dignity, maintaining confidentiality and others, but then even these are, in some respects not maintained. Again these are few and far between, but it only takes one to destroy what has been achieved by the majority.

Governments current and many previous have promised to look at Social Care and improve it, but we are all still waiting, as though no one cares about social care, especially this current Government.

For Social Care has never been sufficiently funded, and then we had 10 years of austerity cuts and now over a years of increased costs due to COVID-19, is there any wonder that Social Care is not what it should be.

The £4.6 billion is ‘chicken feed’ compared to what is required, which would be around £12 billion and then this would only bring the funding to 2010 levels, which as mentioned previously was way insufficient.

This Government needs to, urgently, take this on board, for Social Care, in its present state, will have great difficulty to survive, in fact, it is surprising it has managed so far.

We all need to do what we can to hold the Government to account, which is why I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care. Please do what you can to promote it?

Source: Social care cuts and increased charges causing ‘huge distress’ to disabled people | Community Care

Social care cuts left me and my disabled son alone in lockdown | Metro News

As the article states this is far from a ‘one off’ situation, for getting Social Care support has never been easy and funding has always been a major factor. We then had 10 years of austerity cuts and now over a year of COVID-19.

Then in March 2020, what did the Government do, well they brought in the Coronavirus Act 2020, in which there were temporary easements of requirements created in the Care Act 2014 for adults and similar legislation for children was brought in. Even though in September 2020 the easements were withdrawn, they are still there for adults.

This Government have been great in covering many other costs related to COVID-19, but not in respects of Social Care. A ‘White Paper’ on Social Care has been promised by many Governments, but not forthcoming. Johnson in his 2019 election victory speech outside 10 Downing Street even stated that he already had a plan, so where is it?

Nowhere it appears, yet another broken promises, why is it you can always guarantee that promises will be broken, but we still believe when they are made.

There is a petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care,

please sign and then share to show the Government that we care, even if they do not

These non-actions by this Government are creating many Safeguarding issues, for this is causing ‘neglect’ and family carers can’t cover all of the slack, for they do enough already, saving over £130 billion a year on caring costs. To do more will incur family carer breakdown, thus creating many more issues for the NHS in many more health issues.

: Social care cuts left me and my disabled son alone in lockdown | Metro News

Sleep-in care workers not entitled to minimum wage, supreme court rules | Care workers | The Guardian

So with this ruling Care Workers are back to ‘square one’, especially if the sleep-in rate reverts back to being £30 – £35 flat rate. Assuming a person only works ‘sleep-ins, would this be a liveable income, most likely not and could mean carers not wishing to do sleep-ins and this would be detrimental for the persons whose care package includes sleep-ins. This also has a bearing on the whole pay package for care workers, as, is the National Living Wage, currently £8.72 per hour, sufficient for the responsibilities that care workers should be undertaking. For, across the board for most care workers there pay is abysmal and could be a main reason why there is a national shortage of persons willing to undertake care work.

I, personally feel that the daily starting rate should be as declared by the Living Wage Foundation, being the Real Living Wage, currently £9.50 per hour and this could still be low for the responsibilities undertaken by Care Workers.

For being a care worker, is not as many feel ‘just wiping bums and putting food in front of the persons they are providing care for.

For these responsibilities include

Emotional support as and when needed

putting the person being cared for at the centre and providing care as directed by that person

ensuring the person in receipt of care is being kept safe, especially so if that person has some lack of capacity

these are some of the responsibilities, but there are many other.

providing care should never be on a ‘one fits all basis’ for, even though caring may be necessary they are still individuals, just as we all are, and not object to be treated the same. We would not want it so, neither should people who require some form of care.

Also, the working conditions for care workers is far from good and in many instances, especially in respect of home care, the timing of visits, both in view of the time of the visit, the length of the visit and others is also well insufficient.

Unfortunately when caring is mentioned, people usually assume this is in respect of care homes, but the areas of care include many others, some being, home care, supported living, respite, hospices, etc. and includes children as well as adults.

Also a person in need of care could have many health and mental conditions, for while dementia could be a major area in care homes, a person could have one condition, but more likely a mixture of conditions, including mental health, learning disabilities, autism and many others.

So, a one fits all approach is never the correct approach as care needs to be adjusted to the needs, feelings and choice of each person and these adjustments could well need to be altered on a daily basis, if not, even shorter time periods.

Just because a person is in receipt of care does not mean their rights are diminished and their right have to be respected. It should go without question that a persons dignity be upheld, but I fear, that in m any instances it is not.

Care is essential and therefore Social Care should not be looked at as being less  essential than health care, for they should be seen as, at least equal, if not social care being more essential than health care.

But Social Care has been well underfunded for many years, if not for ever, and this needs to change urgently. With the 10 years of austerity cuts and now COVID-19 the underfunding is now greatly increased.

Lessons should have been learnt during the current COVID pandemic but will they be, well we should all see that they are.

There have been many Government promises to look at Social Care by this and many previous Governments, in fact when Boris Johnson gave his 2019 Election victory speech he implied that he had a plan and would urgently implement such plan. Well it is now 2021, some one and a half years since his speech and Social Care and those in need of Social Care are still waiting. This has to be dealt with, like today, but should have been yesterday and certainly not tomorrow.

The promised White Paper needs to be released immediately without any further delays.

I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

I, therefore ask for you to support this petition, so without any further delay, please use the above link to the petition, and show your support by signing it and then sharing it widely.

Thank you

Source: Sleep-in care workers not entitled to minimum wage, supreme court rules | Care workers | The Guardian

Social Care Leaders Warn Of Funding ‘Cliff Edge’

This is exactly what I have been saying for well over a year, even before COVID-19. Now others have catch up with the sense of crisis in all aspects of Social Care, be it for the elderly, adults and even children.

I therefore support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Please sign and share so even more can be put before this Government.

As well as the petition, here is more which I have been saying when promoting the petition.

‘The issues raised in the petition were mentioned on Boxing Day in a Sky News report, Social Care – The Other Health Crisis., https://news.sky.com/video/social-care-the-other-health-crisis-12172633, regarding an investigation they have done into the crisis in social care.

They highlighted many of these issues and called on the Government to abide by the promise made by Boris Johnson in 2019 in his election winning speech outside 10 Downing Street, one promise that is still outstanding.

Other perspectives were mentioned in the Community Care article, ADASS urges emergency workforce plan as NHS pressures and staff gaps risk ‘overwhelming social care’,

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2021/01/08/adass-urges-emergency-workforce-plan-nhs-pressures-staff-gaps-risk-overwhelming-social-care/?utm_content=News%20of%20the%20day%20image&utm_campaign=CC%20daily%2011%2F01%2F2021&utm_source=Community%20Care&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.communitycare.co.uk%2F2021%2F01%2F08%2Fadass-urges-emergency-workforce-plan-nhs-pressures-staff-gaps-risk-overwhelming-social-care%2F

So, please sign the petition to add your voice.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

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Leading care organisations in England are warning of a “cliff edge” when emergency funding to support infection control and visits during the pandemic runs out in two weeks.

Some providers fear the financial pressure could force them to close.

They say the budget was a missed chance to tackle the short- and long-term funding crisis in adult social care.

In 2019, on his first day as prime minister, Boris Johnson committed to ‘fix the crisis in social care‘.

Ministers say they will bring forward proposals this year.

The emergency funds are to help care homes and home care services with additional Covid costs, including infection control, visiting measures and extra staffing.

Testing costs

The Victory Care home in Chatham, Kent, which normally cares for 60 people, has used some of its emergency money on staff to organise visits and testing.

“Everything from extra newsletters, Zoom calls, the telephone…

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