Registered Nursing Home Association


MBE for Frank Ursell in Queen's birthday honours
Frank Ursell, chief executive officer of the RNHA, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours. RNHA national chair Ian Turner described it as a "well deserved recognition of Frank's unstinting efforts on behalf of the nursing home sector over many years". Mr Turner added: "Frank's commitment to driving up standards of care is second to none. He has been and remains a stalwart of common sense, practical solutions to many of the challenges facing nursing home owners and managers. He cares passionately about the health and wellbeing of older people needing 24-hour care in a nursing home environment. This award acknowledges the outstanding contribution Frank has made. I and my colleagues in the RNHA extend our warmest congratulations to him."
RNHA backs National Audit Office call for radical changes to help tackle delayed hospital discharges
Nursing homes can play a key role in helping hospitals discharge older patients as soon as they no longer need acute treatment. Responding to a recent National Audit Office (NAO) report, RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell called on the NHS to work more systematically with the adult social care sector. "By working together in a more coordinated manner than is generally the case right now, the NHS and social care would ensure a smooth, swift and efficient transfer of older people from hospital into more appropriate care environments," he said.
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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