03 Jul 2024
by Policy, Practice and Innovation Team

Covid-19 case data prompts press speculation

UKHSA data showing a rise in Covid-19 cases has prompted press speculation about a possible summer wave of infections. Current guidance on PPE usage and guidance on managing staff who are unwell with Covid-19 is at: Infection prevention and control in adult social care: acute respiratory infection, PPE requirements and Infection prevention and control in adult social care settings.

Focus on integration this month

Skills for Care is focusing on ‘Making integration happen’ during July, and looking at how we can better understand and promote integrated care systems (ICS). More from: https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/news-and-events/Spotlight-on/Integrated-care.aspx.

Insights into recent case law

Anthony Collins Solicitors have published their views on recent case law: ‘On-call and standby shifts – working time or not?’, Katherine Sinclair, Libby Hubbard and ’Are you paying for travel time? Key insights from a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment’, Anna Dabek.

Judicial review of care home fee uplifts

Anthony Collins have also published a briefing on judicial review of care fee uplifts which considers Care Northeast Northumberland's request for a review of Northumberland County Council’s decisions on care home fees. The briefing concludesjudicial review is a blunt instrument and difficult to pursue. Although judicial review still has a place when considering how best to challenge poor commissioning practice the position offered by an analysis of a contractual argument is almost always preferable.’

Better careers for better care - grants agreed

The Rayne Foundation has shared details of four new grants agreed as part of a strategic and collaborative grant-making programme into adult social care. The successful grantee organisations of the Better Careers for Better Care programme, who join North London Councils, are: Integrated Neighbourhood Care - Leeds, Enhanced Roles in Social Care - North East London, The Care Workers' Charity - Care Worker Champion Project and ADASS - Changing the story or adult social care.

RCN analysis shows registered nurse shortage

Recent analysis by the Royal College of Nursing has shown that only a third of shifts have enough nurses. The RCN survey of more than 11,000 members found that 1 in 3 hospital shifts were missing at least a quarter of the registered nurses they needed, while in the community almost 4 in 10 shifts were missing up to half of the planned number of registered nurses.   

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