Nursing shortages are costing care homes

Nurse shortages, and the cost of plugging gaps in staff rotas, have leapt to public attention recently. But it may be surprising to find that the shortages are worst in care homes. Almost 60,000 registered nurses, approaching one in 10, … Continue reading

Care home treated as a new build for tax purposes

The Upper Tribunal has confirmed a decision to treat a construction project as a zero-rated ‘new build’, even though the new structure incorporated an existing building. The case regarded the incorporation of part of an old church in a ‘new’ … Continue reading

Underfunding is forcing closure of smaller care homes

Smaller care homes are being forced to close because of “years of neglect and underfunding of the market”. Major research finds two care homes are being closed for every one that opens, as ‘factory-style’ institutions – where greater profits can … Continue reading

New quality standards for managing medicines in care homes

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have issued new quality standards on managing medicines in care homes, aimed at improving the quality of care for older people. With 350,000 people in England and Wales living in a … Continue reading

CQC raises fees by 9 per cent

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has confirmed that it will increase its fees to providers by nine per cent for 2015-16. It announced the rise, which it had recommended in a consultation last year, on 23 March, saying that the … Continue reading