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Our editorial pages feature top columnists, parliamentary and legal updates, news, people stories, event and exhibition previews, conference coverage, diary dates and business and property news. 
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QCS to launch 'Building a Better Workforce Together' Survey
January 2022 | QCS to launch 'Building a Better Workforce Together' Survey
Resilient, resourceful and resolute are adjectives that best describe the UK's army of care professionals. But these are challenging times for them and their sector. A telling comment from Nuffield Trust on Skills for Care's latest report said the workforce is 'close to being overwhelmed entirely by a toxic combination of pressures'. Over 410,000 care workers left their jobs last year. COVID-19 and Brexit have exacerbated the perennial recruitment and retention hurdles, while government funding to enable care services to increase pay and to support mental wellbeing has failed to materialise. Whilst we know that funding is the key to keeping frontline managers in place, it's just as important to understand the workforce challenges that care settings face. It is only then that we, as a sector, can begin to solve them. With over 130,000 care workers at all levels, across 6,000-plus care providers, who have all chosen Quality Compliance Systems, QCS is in a particularly strong position to take the pulse of the sector. In order to do so, we have created a Building a Better Workforce Together survey.Our aim is to find out what keeps people working in the sector and what pain-points put them at risk of leaving? And for those that choose to stay, what improvements would make their jobs easier? The results, which we plan to widely share before the end of the year, will help us to form an accurate picture. This in turn will ensure that QCS continues to lead the way in supplying the right people with the right tools at the right time, enabling them to provide outstanding care. Thank you for your help.
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Taxi! Dorset care home residents peruse unusual cab for charity
January 2022 | Taxi! Dorset care home residents peruse unusual cab for charity
CARE home residents have enjoyed a hands-on look at Dorset's most eye-catching taxi, helping disadvantaged children in the process. \r\nColten Care homes Bourne View in Poole and Avon Cliff in Bournemouth both welcomed visits by the former London cab on a road trip aimed at raising £100,000 for Variety Wessex.\r\nIn an initiative by charity supporter the BC Club, business people are taking it in turns to spend a week driving the taxi around the conurbation, showing it off as they seek donations. \r\nEach club member who drives the cab has to pay £250 for the privilege and make one addition to the vehicle.\r\nSo far these have included an outboard engine, a surfboard on the roof, fluffy dice on the rear-view mirror, a Dukes of Hazzard-style air horn and even a toilet in place of the passenger seat.
Care home workers: get your second Covid-19 vaccination by 11 November
January 2022 | Care home workers: get your second Covid-19 vaccination by 11 November
THE COVID-19 VACCINE is the best protection against the virus. To work after 11 November, you must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 unless exempt. It's quick and easy to book an appointment or find a walk-in centre.
Boris Johnson visits Westport Care Home ahead of social care announcement
January 2022 | Boris Johnson visits Westport Care Home ahead of social care announcement
EXCELCARE welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to its Westport Care Home ahead of the PM's planned social care reformation announcement in the Houses of Parliament. 
Westport in Stepney Green was highlighted as a London home of excellence by the PM's office for managing the risk of Covid-19 exceptionally well, in addition to the whole team being 100 per cent vaccinated prior to the requirement made in law. 
The Prime Minster, Health Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer met with owner Osman Ertosun and his chief operating office Sam Manning to discuss the impact Covid-19 has had on operations, the importance of an ongoing recognition needed for the dedicated and caring frontline team members, as well as the need to support care homes with the cost of delivering care. 
The Prime Minister and his team then spent time with the home's residents, enjoying arts and crafts, Connect Four and general chats about life.
Guides every care home professional should read
January 2022 | Guides every care home professional should read
BUSINESS COMPANION, a free online resource provided by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) and backed by the Government, has released an indispensable suite of materials for care home owners and managers.  
Wherever they may be in the UK, care homes must ensure they treat residents fairly under consumer law. They must also handle complaints transparently and equitably. And all communications must be clear and easily accessible, regardless of platform.  
The materials are designed for care home professionals looking for quick and clear advice on what their consumer law obligations are. The in-depth guides contain everything you need to get started and get compliance right first time. If you own or manage a care home, these guides are a must-see.  
The guidance delves into four main topics. Topic one explains how all information about your home and services must be communicated, enabling you to phrase and present your details correctly from the outset. The second topic covers how complaints must be dealt with, from having a documented Complaints Handling Procedure in place to handling the procedures themselves. Topic three discusses fair trading - how residents should be treated and getting your contracts right. The final topic guides care home professionals through the process of creating and maintaining a website, so businesses adhere to the consumer laws in both their online and offline communications.  
The guides also include a wealth of checklists and staff training sheets with practical examples, so your staff are fully aware of what they need to do to help care homes meet their obligations.  
To view all Business Companion guides, click here 
Business Companion covers trading standards law for England, Scotland and Wales. For guidance on the law in Northern Ireland, please see
Property News From Caring UK
January 2022 | Guide sees record entries and recognises award winners  
A GLOBAL property adviser has launched the fifth edition of its prestigious annual UK Luxury Care Home Guide. 
Knight Frank's 2021 Luxury Care Home Guide comprises the UK's top 100 luxury care homes and three overall winners of the Luxury Care Home Guide Awards who are each judged on numerous criteria including architecture, interior design and care quality. 
Julian Evans, head of healthcare at Knight Frank, said: 'We are pleased to have launched our 2021 edition of The Luxury Care Home Guide, which has cemented itself as the ultimate recognition for luxury care homes in the UK as evidenced by the record number of submissions totalling an extraordinary £5billion of assets that we received this year.  
'This year's top 100 luxury care homes showcases the top-of-the-range facilities, the vast majority of which are able to efficiently manage Covid-19 due to their future proof design, throughout the UK with the three award winners embodying the very best of the sector.' 
This year's winners were: 
· Luxury Care Home Award 2021, which recognises the highest quality hospitality and care services in a prestigious setting: Graysford Hall (Sanders Senior Living). 
· Care Home Design Award 2021, which recognises innovation, design, sustainability and the environment: Cavendish Park (Majesticare). 
· Refurbishment and Renovation Award 2021 which recognises heritage, redesign and repositioning: The Chocolate Works Care Village (Springfield Healthcare) 
This year, owing to Covid-19, the Knight Frank 2021 Luxury Care Home Guide award winners were selected via virtual inspections of each of the finalist's facilities by the judging panel. 
New owners for West Sussex care home
January 2022 | New owners for West Sussex care home
CORPORATE lawyers at regional law firm Lodders have supported the owners of a 20-bed residential care home on its sale. 
The retiring owners of the CQC-registered, 20-bed Cornelius House in Fishbourne, West Sussex, have sold 100 per cent of the business to Alchemy Care Holdings Limited in the deal brokered by Lodders - the firm they used when they purchased the home in 2005. 
John Kellas and his wife were each 50 per cent shareholders of Cornelius House, which provides full time and respite care to up to 20 residents.  
Head of Lodders' corporate and commercial team in Stratford upon Avon, Kim Klahn, acted for Mr and Mrs Kellas, with support from associate Leanne Lawrence, and Victor Matts, former head of the team who acted for the couple on the home's purchase in 2005. 
Kim said: 'Mr and Mrs Kellas took the decision to sell Cornelius House as part of their retirement plans. 
'Having made the decision, the aim was to find a buyer and complete the sale as quickly as possible. John turned to Lodders for legal advice and support on this important transaction, being familiar with the firm's capabilities and expertise in this area, especially in share capital transactions, from when he purchased the home 15 years earlier.  
'The timing of the sale was significant for Mr and Mrs Kellas for personal reasons, and we succeeded in progressing to completion quickly.'
New HQ investment to support group growth
January 2022 | New HQ investment to support group growth
RANDOLPH Hill Nursing Homes Group has relocated to a new, larger head office as part of its ongoing expansion.  
The company, which operates nursing homes across central and east Scotland, has moved to a new 4,000 square foot group headquarters in the Redheughs Rigg Business Park in Edinburgh's South Gyle. 
The move to the new premises follows a number of key appointments within the group to support its ongoing expansion. They include the recruitment of a care standards manager, recruitment manager, facilities manager and marketing manager. 
Managing director Peter McCormick said: 'The new head office will enable us to enhance the support we provide and give us room for further growth across the group.  
'Over recent years we have been investing in both new and existing sites to ensure we retain the highest care standards for our residents. 
'Despite the current challenges in managing Covid-19 across all our homes, we remain fully committed to maintaining that investment and keeping our growth plans on track going forward.' 
Randolph Hill is nearing completion of a new, £9m home in Livingston, which is due to open early next year. The 60 bedroom site will become the group's seventh home and will create up to 80 new jobs.
Work begins on new Purley care home
January 2022 | Work begins on new Purley care home
BARCHESTER Healthcare marked the start of its newest care home build in Purley, which is under construction by McGoff Construction Ltd. 
The 72-bed care home is set to open in Spring 2022. The home will provide residential care services, as well as dedicated dementia care in Barchester's unique Memory Lane communities. 
Barchester's senior property development manager Andy Williams said: "We are thrilled to see the start of work on site here in Purley, and are excited to bring a high quality care provision to the local area. 
'Our care home will offer luxury surroundings for residents, and with 25 years' experience will bring Barchester's high quality care and expertise in caring for residents.  
'The luxury care home in Purley will provide residents with a home set in beautiful grounds, and will deliver personalised residential care, as well as dementia care within an interactive multi-sensory environment. 
'Our new home will also provide employment opportunities in the local community.' 
To officiate the start of the construction, Andy was joined by head of marketing Mandy Macara, who met with McGoff Construction project manager Drew Campbell, alongside McGoff's Construction contracts manager Craig Clancy and Holden and Lee project manager Michael Hilton to take a tour of the site. 
Silverline Care expands portfolio with the acquisition of Victorguard Care  
January 2022 | Silverline Care expands portfolio with the acquisition of Victorguard Care  
SILVERLINE Care is operating an additional three care homes in Bradford following the successful acquisition of Victorguard Care.  
The care homes (The Beeches, Willow Bank and Laurel Bank) are leased from Impact Healthcare, they are all purpose-built and offer 182 beds in total, with strong transport links, gardens and en-suite bathrooms. 
The acquisition, which took place in March, takes the number of homes under Silverline Care management to 12 in total, of which six are in Scotland and six in Yorkshire.  
Danny Wulwick, director of acquisitions at Silverline Care, said: 'We are delighted to welcome the residents, families and staff at Victorguard into the Silverline Care family.  
"Our vision at Silverline is to be the leading care provider in each of the local communities we serve.  
"We believe these three homes have great potential and we have ensured that there is a strong budget to support and reposition the homes, safeguarding their future."
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