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August 2016 | Support for care providers to help move beyond compliance and create real improvement
It can be a daunting prospect to think about your responsibilities if you're a care and support provider. Preparing for Care Quality Commission inspections, adherence to the Care Act 2014 and fulfilling other important duties might make you wonder where you need to start.  
A new partnership will support providers in building on their achievements to date and driving improvement across the sector. Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) is teaming up with improvement agency the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).  
Together they can help you to promote and develop good practice in care, meet your compliance obligations, encourage improvement and run your care business as efficiently as possible. New materials will be produced to guide this including developments to the QCS dashboard for subscribers, blogs, webinars and other helpful tools: 
SCIE resources will link with QCS's dashboard for social care providers 
Monthly blogs will give the latest information  
The organisations will collaborate in updating QCS products, policy and procedures 
SCIE will join the QCS care improvement board. 
SCIE's Chief Executive Tony Hunter says: 
'We're keen to support improvement in the quality of adult social care, by offering expert support before and after CQC inspections and by helping providers in their responsibilities under the Care Act. The partnership with QCS will help the sector provide services which improve people's lives.' 
QCS's Managing Director, Mat Whittingham says: 
'We are really excited to be working in partnership with SCIE. Their world class resources will enhance the support we provide our clients and help us to drive quality and innovation across the sector. We believe that collaboration and the wider sharing of resources is key to the delivery of person-centred, diverse and well-led care.'
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Harrogate dementia care home scoops top national award
August 2016 | Harrogate dementia care home scoops top national award
A CARE home company specialising in supporting older people with dementia has won top prize at a national awards ceremony. 
Vida Healthcare, based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, was named winner of winners at the annual Skills for Care Accolades. It was also awarded the prize for the best employer of fewer than 250 staff award at the ceremony in Birmingham. 
The company runs Vida Hall, which offers residential, nursing and specialist care for people experiencing periods of distress. It was recently judged as outstanding by the CQC, making it the first specialist dementia facility to earn the top rating. 
The Vida Healthcare team is pictured with awards presenter, Coronation Street actor Jennie McAlpine (front, centre), the Skills for Care chief executive, Sharon Allen (back row, second left), and chair, Moira Gibb (back, right). Photograph: Martyn Hicks Photography
August 2016 | Group congratulates 'Outstanding' Whitby care home
A REGIONAL care group has sent its congratulations to a North Yorkshire care home which has got top marks from the Government's inspections body. 
Peregrine House in Whitby became the first care home in the country to receive the top mark of outstanding in each of the five categories of the CQC's inspection. 
The Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) says the accolade demonstrates the fantastic care that is being offered in the region.
Home enjoys 'fun in the sun' afternoon
August 2016 | Home enjoys 'fun in the sun' afternoon
Residents, staff and family carers at Malden House Care Home, winner of Sidmouth in Bloom for the last 11 years, enjoyed an afternoon of 'fun in the sun' as they joined together for their first garden party of the year.  
Residents, with the help of their family and friends, came together to plan what their garden would look like before planting up a range of planters ready to put into the home's green house. Malden House has a monthly 'gardening club' on the first Wednesday of every month which has put the residents and their families at the heart of their attempt to win Sidmouth in Bloom again this year. This club is open to residents, friends and family and anybody from the local community that would like to join them.
MP and Mayor open new care home
August 2016 | MP and Mayor open new care home
RANIL Jayawardena MP and Mayor Councillor Gerry Crisp officially opened Willow Gardens, a new residential care home in the grounds of Hampshire Lakes retirement village. 
Guests and Hampshire VIPs mingled at the new home, which is part of Anchor, England's largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people. 
The Mayor and the MP enjoyed a guided tour of the new home with the care team, before raising a glass to Willow Gardens and cutting the ribbon to declare the home officially open. 
They were also joined by Liz Roberts and Hilda Stuckey, the first Willow Gardens residents, and Anchor staff to cut a slice of celebratory cake. 
Ranil Jayawardena MP and Mayor Councillor Gerry Crisp are pictured officially cutting the cake with Anchor colleagues to open Willow Gardens care home.
Property News From Caring UK
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
August 2016 | Bondcare invests in North East care homes
BONDCARE is investing more than £1m in major refurbishments at four of its North East care homes. 
Allan Court in Benwell, Newcastle; Debaliol Care Home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre in Washington and Redworth House in Shildon, Co. Durham, will all benefit from the investment. 
Allan Court will undergo a full refurbishment of its lower ground floor to create a seven-bed learning disability unit. The refurbishment will include a new heating system, new lounge, kitchen and diner and a full re-fit and redecoration of the home's bedrooms.  
Debaliol will also have a new heating system installed and its public areas and some bedrooms refurbished.  
Donwell House will have a new heating system fitted, some of its bedrooms refurbished and improvements made to the car park and the home's gardens. And Redworth House will benefit from general improvements to the public areas in the homes, including new carpets throughout.  
Chris Denton, manager at Allan Court, is pictured with resident Annie Hunter and Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, choosing materials.
Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
August 2016 | Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
Barclays has provided funding to support Peverel Court Ltd's expansion plans at Bartlett's Residential Care Home The loan has helped facilitate a £1.1m expansion project and complete the first phase of a new 14-bed extension at the facility in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone, a short distance from Thame. Bartlett's Residential Care Home, which is owned and traded by Peverel Court Limited, is a Victorian country house built in 1856 and offers residents around the clock personal care including those with the early onset of dementia. The newly completed extension will allow the care home to increase the number of residents to 38 and will create eight new jobs to take the staff teams to 38. 
Barclays relationship director Neil Chandler is pictured with Peverel Court managing director Anil Dhanani.
Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
August 2016 | Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
A NEW retirement living development has been officially opened in Market Harborough by Methodist Homes. 
Rev Alison Tomlin, who lives in the town, cut the ribbon of Welland Place, one of the newest services from MHA. 
Welland Place has 100 one and two bedroom apartments for people over 60, with individualised care and on site support available 24 hours a day and options for sale, rent or shared ownership. Facilities for residents include a gym, spa, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. 
Residents and local supporters were welcomed by MHA Board Member Norman Mann, followed by a thanksgiving service with contributions from residents and the local Methodist Church.  
Manager Richard Haddon said: "We offer privacy and independence with total peace of mind, the best of both worlds, in a community of like-minded friends and neighbours. Several people have already become firm friends and the new community is growing and evolving all the time." 
MHA also offers residential and dementia care at Aigburth care home in Oadby, Leicester.
August 2016 | Home approved despite residents' opposition
PLANS for a new 44-bed care home in a Suffolk town have been approved despite vociferous opposition from local residents. 
Tanner & Tilley Town Planning and Development Consultants were successful in obtaining planning consent for Angel Care to construct the facility after a more ambitious scheme was rejected on appeal in January 2012. 
Angel Care's Sandip Ruparelia said: 'This approval means this scheme can now go ahead, enabling much needed extra care accommodation to be provided for the residents of Woodbridge.' 
Tanner & Tilley operations director John Montgomery told the Development Control Sub-Committee the new application fully addressed the appeal inspector's concerns regarding effect on the amenities of surrounding properties and, in particular, those in Godfreys Wood to the rear.   
The committee heard from local residents who opposed the scheme before granting planning permission, but only on the chairperson's casting vote.
August 2016 | Karim adds Valley Lodge to his portfolio
HEALTHCARE operator Karim Rajan has completed the acquisition of Valley Lodge care home in Chandlers Ford thanks to loan facilities from The Royal Bank of Scotland 
He plans to increase the facilities at the 30-bed specialist dementia facility by extending the existing property as well as undertaking a full refurbishment which will provide a better living environment for its current residents.  
The work on the extension, which will take the registration up to 43, is expected to commence in September and will be carried out sensitively to ensure there is as little disruption as possible. 
Other homes in Karim's portfolio include Grasmere Nursing Home in Worthing, West Sussex and Shangria-la Care Home in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire.
Current & Upcoming Events
05/10/2016 | Caring UK - Care Providers Conference 2016 - Plymouth, Holiday Inn
06/10/2016 | Caring UK - Care Providers Conference 2016 - Cheltenham, Cheltenham Racecourse
11/10/2016 | The Care & Dementia Show 2016, NEC