The crisis in care home supply

David Oliver

article for the BMJ, 2nd October 2018

Abstract

Care
homes are a neglected area of public policy that we have to get right.
Pressure on care home places is increasing, alongside huge recruitment
and funding problems.

Last year Oxford Brookes
University’s Institute of Public Care (IPC) studied data from the Care
Quality Commission and found that, from April 2012 to April 2017, the
number of care homes in England fell by 8%, from 17 801 to 16 392.1

In
the UK the term “care home” commonly refers both to residential care
homes and nursing homes. While nursing homes employ registered nurses,
care homes now increasingly care for older people with highly complex
needs and significant physical dependence, …

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Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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