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Social care users from across Northern Ireland are to benefit from the launch of ‘Easy Read’ versions of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council’s (NISCC) Standards of Conduct and Practice for Social Workers and Social Care Workers. The easy read standards have been specifically developed for service users, to enable…
An updated plan to improve respiratory health in Wales has been launched today by the Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. It sets out the Welsh Government’s vision for respiratory services in Wales and identifies the actions the NHS in Wales will take in response. The plan will focus on delivering care…
Half of heart attack survivors are missing out on a potentially life-saving service, a charity has found. New research from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found the average uptake of cardiac rehabilitation was 51%, or 68,500 people, in 2015/16. This means that just under half of patients are missing out…
Wales needs a different system which provides seamless health and care services – that’s the message from the independent review of Health and Social Care, chaired by Dr Ruth Hussey. The new report published makes a number of recommendations on how change to the system can be supported and explains,…
Half of England's large care home providers for the elderly have at least one in four failing homes in their network, a study has found. Analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection results showed some of the 54 providers operating at least 12 homes in England had half or more…
Demands for efficiency savings on the cost of care for some sick and disabled patients could put patient safety at risk, MPs have said. Officials want local health bodies to cut the amount spent on the NHS's Continuing Healthcare funding packages and NHS-funded nursing care by hundreds of millions of…
Growing staff shortages in mental health care are affecting the quality and safety of care, a new report has warned. Meanwhile the funding gap between the amount spent on acute hospitals and mental health trusts has widened in England, the authors claimed. The new report, by health think tank The…
Sir David Behan has announced his intention to step down as Chief Executive of CQC. He will continue in the role until the summer to allow the appointment process for a successor to take place. Sir David said: "After six years at CQC and over 40 years continuous employment in…
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