Care Sector News Review: March 2018

Get up to speed with all the latest care sector news from March 2018, including new dementia research initiatives, charity events and care sector developments.

Welcome to Care Sector News Review, March 2018 edition.

Here, we’ll provide you with a selection of the most compelling care sector news stories to hit the headlines during the last month.

Read on to find out what’s been happening across the care sector in March 2018:

Care services

  • Hundreds of pharmacists have been mobilised to check every UK care home amid fears elderly residents are being over-medicated. With prescriptions for certain drugs doubling within a decade, NHS chief Simon Stevens believes this is impacting quality of life and increasing hospital admissions.
  • Almost 1,000 elderly people each day are expected to be taken into hospital following a fall within the coming year, according to new research. The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for additional investment into effective fall prevention programmes.
  • 40% of national care home bed capacity has been rated as ‘inadequate’ or ‘in need of improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In Manchester – which just became the ‘first age-friendly city region’ – this rate was 43%, putting the authority among the 20 worst performers.
  • 85% of the public is concerned about the frequency of negative stories regarding care homes in the national media. 76% of respondents to the Care Protect study didn’t believe care homes were doing enough to ensure the safety and welfare of residents.

Medical research

Awareness initiatives

Join us again in the last week of April for the next edition of Care Sector News Review.

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