25 Mar 2024

News in brief w/e 28 March 2024

Pay in the adult social care sector

Skills for Care has published their annual Social Care Pay report, which provides an overview of the pay rates in the sector from 2023.  The report found that 69% of care workers were paid under the next National Living Wage of £11.44, which comes into effect from 1 April 2014.

One-off payment for 27,000 health workers.

Community nurses, sexual health workers, speech-and-language therapists, physiotherapists, and other frontlines are set to receive the payments (up to £3,000) in the next few months. This announcement is part of the NHS pay deal and looks to recognise the support and dedication made by staff. More information is available here.

Review into Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has asked the Care Quality Commission to conduct an assessment of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, in response to concerns of the mental health services at Highbury and Rampton hospitals. Strand 1 of the review is due to be published by June 2024.

Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has launched a new selection of digital assets in support of their campaign, which encourages people to support those who are feeling lonely. The assets are available to download from the Gov Campaign Resource Centre.