Registered Nursing Home Association


RNHA Spring 2016 Roadshows
The RNHA is about to embark on its Spring 2016 series of roadshows. Due to take place in Birmingham, Bournemouth, Exeter, Leeds and London between 19th April and 11th May, they will cover a wide range of practical topics. These include: CQC inspections; capitalising on NHS England initiatives to make better use of care homes; NMC revalidation; infection control; the government's campaign to cut out red tape and allow businesses to focus on what really matters; the potential for care apprenticeships in our sector; overseas recruitment and its continuing importance; negotiating with local authorities and clinical commissioning groups...and much, much more. If you want to book a place, contact Irene Hunt at RNHA head office by phoning 0121-451 1088 or by email at info@rnha.co.uk
Junior doctors' strike

With further industrial action planned by junior doctors for 26th and 27th April, including the withdrawal of emergency care, social care providers have been reminded by the Department of Health and NHS England of the important role they play in preventing unnecessary attendance at A&E and supporting safe and timely discharge of patients who no longer need acute hospital care.  They have also asked the sector to consider whether there are any routine, non-urgent, medical appointments or tasks – such as routine GP visits or arranging repeat prescriptions – that can either be completed this week before the strike or delayed.  Click here for more details.

Recommendation for nurses to remain on shortage occupation list
The Migration Advisory Committee has reluctantly called on the government to keep nurses on the shortage occupation list for the time being. It says the current shortage is closely linked to cuts in training places by almost a fifth between 2009 and 2013, poor workforce planning and continued financial pressures on NHS budgets. The MAC recommends a maximum annual cap of 5,000 places, with the limit gradually reducing over the next three years. It also suggests that employers should have to complete a resident labour market test before recruiting from outside the EEA.
Free resource pack for improving medicines management

A free resource pack for helping care home providers to improve medicines management and maintain safe working practices is now available.  This  follows collaboration between several major national bodies, including the RNHA and other members of the Care Providers Alliance, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of GPs, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the RCN.  The final report from this joint project, which has been supported with funding by the Department of Health, is also available.  

Care home residents' experience of care generally exceeds their expectations

Most of the care home residents who took part in a study by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent told researchers that their actual experience of living in a care home had been better than they expected.  Funding for the study was provided by the RNHA and the Department of Health.  Click to download a copy of the full report or a summary version.

PSSRU report PSSRU summary

RNHA slams CQC fees hike
Speaking on behalf of nursing homes across the country, the RNHA has expressed its bitter disappointment that the Care Quality Commission is putting up the fees it charges them to be part of the regulated care market. RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell commented: "The CQC ran a consultation to ask whether we would prefer a fee increase phased in over two or four years - pain sooner rather than later or pain a bit more spread out. We opted for the latter. Instead, the CQC has ignored what we said and imposed a hefty increase straight away. So much for consultation."
Reports and comment about the nursing home sector

Nursing homes provide 24-hour care to nearly 200,000 people across the UK, many with multiple and often complex health problems. In this section of our web site, you can obtain up-to-date information and comment about, or relevant to, the sector from different sources including the RNHA, Counsel and Care, Brunswick’s Health Review and a range of other organisations and individuals.

Broad welcome for 'think tank' report calling for funding switch from bed blocking to better social care
A recently published ResPublica 'think tank' report describes how up to £3.3 billion is likely to have been wasted by 2021 on keeping patients in hospital who, from a medical perspective, no longer need to be there. The report, which calls for the money being spent on 'bed blocking' to be diverted into improved social care, has been broadly welcomed by organisations ranging from the GMB union to many large care providers, as well as by older people's champion Baroness Bakewell and Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee.
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