Dementia strategy

The forthcoming national dementia strategy will include a major focus on prevention and research, health secretary Sajid Javid told delegates at the annual conference of the Alzheimer’s Society this week (17 May), announcing a 10-year plan he said would be visionary, properly funded and “more ambitious than anything we’ve done before”. Data suggests as much … Read more

Leadership training

A new training programme designed to develop leadership skills among people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds working in social care has been launched by Skills for Care. The Forefront Programme is a new suite of digital modules which is intended to build participants’ confidence in improving equality, diversity and inclusion in their organisation. Find out more … Read more

Webinar: Personal Interventions in Care Homes

The second Margaret Butterworth Care Home Forum of 2022 will have the theme Personal interventions in care homes. MBCHF is a forum for discussion and learning focused on dementia care in communal settings such as nursing homes, care homes and extra care housing. The webinar will be on Wednesday the 22nd of June 2022, from 2.00-4.00 and will … Read more

Vacancy rates increase

Vacancy rates have increased in the adult social care sector from 6.1% in April 2021 to 10.3% in April 2022, according to Skills for Care’s latest workforce tracking data. During the pandemic vacancy rates dropped with fewer jobs being available in other sectors and some care workers reporting they felt they had to help the … Read more

Playtime in the garden

Playtime in the garden: A new scheme to promote intergenerational interaction is being launched as part of a pioneering partnership between Hallmark Care Homes Foundation and the charity London Play.  Hallmark’s newest care home, Midford Manor in Bath, will host what is hoped will be the first of many “play gardens”, offering spaces in which … Read more

Right to end-of-life care

Dying people’s right to health care has been made explicit in law for the first time under new government plans for England.  Alongside the government announcement, end of life charity Marie Curie released figures showing that around 215,000 people miss out on end-of-life care every year.  Baroness Illora Finlay described the change in the law, … Read more

Hallmark Sponsor National Dementia Care Awards

Dementia Publishing (DP) is very pleased to announce that Hallmark Care Homes will be the Main Sponsor of the popular and much respected annual National Dementia Care Awards  which is returning as a live event on the 29th September in the beautiful grounds of Winchester Cathedral after a postponement caused by the Covid pandemic. Chair … Read more

Recovery colleges

An East Anglian study will look at whether NHS mental health Recovery Colleges can help support people living with dementia.  There are already 85 Recovery Colleges across the country for people who use mental health services, but this will be the first opportunity to see whether they have a role in dementia care specifically. The … Read more

Refugee support and employment

Care employers are joining forces to provide employment opportunities and care support for refugees arriving from Ukraine. The National Care Forum (NCF) and Care Provider Alliance have assembled a range of partners across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors who are also looking at how they can help through the Homes for Ukrainians scheme. “Like … Read more

Social care and immigration

A government-commissioned report on the state of the adult social care workforce in England has called for a higher minimum wage and further action to ease immigration requirements for workers coming from abroad. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report – Adult social care and immigration – urges the government to invest an additional £2.1 billion … Read more