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Government extends CQC fee-raising powers

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On the 1 April, care providers are facing increased costs from the Care Quality Commission, the same day as the implementation of the National Living Wage. A consultation on fee-raising powers will significantly raise costs of inspection for... Read more


Putting the squeeze on care provision

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The National Living Wage (NLW) comes into force on Friday 1 April. Starting at £7.20 per hour, for all workers in the UK who are aged 25 and over, it will rise over the next four years to reach £9.00 per hour, or as the Chancellor has requested,... Read more


Care Certificate workbooks updated

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Skills for Care has updated three Care Certificate workbooks to reflect feedback from the sector. The Care Certificate workbook is a free downloadable resource to support the training process and help you and your new workers cover parts of the... Read more


Home Care agency rated outstanding

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A Hampshire home care provider has been rated outstanding by CQC following recent inspection. Bluebird Care (Alton & Alresford) scored three ‘outstandings’ and two ‘goods’ leading to their service being officially rated as ‘overall... Read more


Talking Care – coming soon

Talking Care is a new publication from Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers. The A4 32-page magazine will reflect the many facets of social care around Oxfordshire and will initially be distributed to OX and surrounding postcodes and is in... Read more


Healthwatch to go behind CQC ratings

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Healthwatch Oxfordshire, the watchdog for the people of Oxfordshire on local health and social care services, is looking to understand the reasons behind why some care homes in Oxfordshire have been identified as requiring improvement by the Care... Read more