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1 December 2017 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

CMA calls for urgent action in the care sector – are your care contracts compliant?

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Funding reform

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), the consumer watchdog, published the final report of its care home market study on 30 November 2017. Two of the key themes in the report are the urgent need for funding reform and concerns about care providers using unfair contract terms.

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30 November 2017 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Sleep-in pay crisis: should you join HMRC’s new Social Care Compliance Scheme?

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The Government’s latest response to the sleep-in pay crisis is the introduction of a new Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS).

Under the scheme, providers who have not paid sleep-in shifts in compliance with the National Minimum Wage can self assess their non-compliance and repay workers with protection against HMRC enforcement action.

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23 August 2017 0 Comments Posted in Events

HR & employment law forum for care providers: managing misuse of social media

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Royds Withy King and First City Nursing are delighted to invite you to our the first in our series of HR forums for care providers. We will also be running this session in Cheltenham. For more information on our Cheltenham …

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8 August 2017 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Care home providers watch out: consumer watchdog raises concerns

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unfair contracts

At the end of last year, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) began a formal market study into care homes for the elderly, to review how well the market works and if people are treated fairly. The study is focused on four key areas: choice of home, regulation of the sector, competition between providers and consumer protection issues.

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9 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Challenging CQC reports: a guide to success

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Challenging CQC reports

Since the introduction of the Fundamental Standards and Ratings System in April 2015, it is clear that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is taking a firmer approach to inspections and regulation. Unsurprisingly we have seen a corresponding increase in the number of enquiries received from providers who wish to challenge the contents of their report. Here are my top tips on how to succeed with a challenge.

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11 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

More sleepless nights for care providers? The implications of the Mencap case on sleep-in shifts

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The recent case of Royal Mencap Society v Mrs Tomlinson-Blake (‘the Mencap case’) confirmed that sleep-in shifts in a care setting were ‘working time’ and subject to the National Minimum Wage/Living Wage.

The ruling is consistent with earlier judgments and was not unexpected. However, it was not the outcome care providers hoped for and the implications will cause significant concern to those who have not treated sleep-in shifts as working time.

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20 April 2017 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Social care bulletin | April 2017

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Welcome to the April edition of the monthly bulletins from our Social Care team.

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27 March 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Factsheets

Gender pay gap reporting: are you ready?

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23 March 2017 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

BBC’s Panorama highlights homecare crisis, or does it?

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Homecare funding crisis

It is well known that the social care sector is in the midst of a funding crisis due to punishing budget cuts and stagnant fee rates. CQC has publicly stated that the sector is “at tipping point”.

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2 March 2017 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Crack-down on service user contracts?

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The CMA (formerly the Office of Fair Trading) recently announced its intention to carry out a 12 month market study into care homes across the UK.

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Fees & funding in the care sector – could the crisis be averted?

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After six years of punishing budget cuts and stagnant or below inflation increases in local authority fee rates, the care sector is, as CQC states, “at tipping point”. If you are a provider who relies on local authority contracts, you could feel that you are at the sharp end of the funding crisis. 

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Does self-employed status pose a risk to social care providers?

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We are increasingly seeing domiciliary care and supported living providers engage workers on a ‘self-employed’ basis or via service or umbrella companies. What are the risks involved?

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