News - Opinion

The care sector is absent from party conferences

Becky Moles, Senior Account Executive at PLMR (19-Oct-16)

Conference season is always an exciting time for those of us who class ourselves as political nerds. If we can’t attend in person, we’ll be eagerly following the announcements on Twitter, TV or online. But now it’s over and it’s back.....

Theresa May has vowed to create a fairer country for all - social care is a good starting point

Jonathan Millman, Senior Research and Monitoring Executive at PLMR (19-Sep-16)

Standing on the steps of Downing Street, after her expected appointment as Leader of the Conservative Party and Britain’s second female Prime Minister, Theresa May vowed to make Britain a fairer country for all. Where better to start.....

Respite care can offer way forward in social care stalemate

Rosemarie Pardington, Acting Chief Executive, Leonard Cheshire Disability (04-Jul-16)

The pressures on health and social care mean we need to use innovation and flexibility to deliver better services to patients. At the moment, too many people are being admitted to the busy and stressful environment of an acute hospital.....

Why are some care home providers still not paying care workers the National Minimum Wage?

Des Kelly, Executive Director, National Care Forum (27-May-16)

The care sector has been branded ‘high risk’ by the Low Pay Commission for failing to pay their employees the National Minimum Wage. I believe the National Living Wage is the least that care workers should.....

Devolved Elections: Health and Social Care Decisions

Francesca Dobson, Senior Account Manager at PLMR (04-May-16)

On Thursday 5th May 2016 voters across the UK will be heading to the polling stations for the numerous elections that are taking place, from elections for Mayor of London and the London Assembly, to the elections for the Scottish.....

National Living Wage, the care sector, and a crisis to dwarf the steel industry's problems

Nathan Hollow, Account Manager at PLMR (01-Apr-16)

In a post-election Budget on 8 July 2015, Chancellor George Osborne announced the introduction of a compulsory National Living Wage (NLW). Low paid workers celebrated; employers analysed their bottom line; and an already underfunded.....

Can we tax our way out of the health and social care crisis?

Stefanie Lehmann, Account Executive at PLMR (01-Apr-16)

Taxes have always had a severe image problem. This is understandable: who really wants to be forced to give a lump of their money to a distant Government, based only on the vague insistence that it is for the benefit of all? On.....

Learning disability care: The move towards a community-based service

Ella Stanbrook, Account Executive at PLMR (20-Nov-15)

In February 2015 NHS England publicly committed to a programme of closing some inpatient facilities in a bid to establish stronger support in the community for those with a learning disability and/or autism, promising further details.....

The burgeoning workforce troubles of the health and social care sector

Sarah Clarke, Account Executive at PLMR (26-Oct-15)

The Home Office announced in October that temporarily nurses would be added to the Shortage Occupations List. This marked a U-turn on their previous position, which came after significant pressure from leading industry bodies. The.....

Challenge on Dementia – can we reduce unnecessary hospital admissions?

Sara Ghaffari, Account Executive At PLMR (25-Sep-15)

Earlier this month, Jane Ellison MP, the Minister for Public Health, confirmed that an estimated 25 per cent of hospital beds in England are occupied by people living with dementia. With pressures on overstretched.....

National Living Wage - the straw that breaks the camel's back?

David Madden, Account Director and Head of Planning at PLMR (21-Aug-15)

In the post-election Budget on 8th July this year the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, made an announcement that has sent shockwaves throughout the social care sector: an announcement that many commentators are saying.....

Care Cap in crisis?

Poppy Terry, Account Executive at PLMR (30-Jul-15)

Earlier this month, the Government announced it will be delaying its flagship care policy of introducing a cap on the cost of care until 2020, amid concerns it will cost £6 billion over the next five years. The Government has stated.....

With the General Election around the corner, what are different parties offering on health and social care?

Antonio Dorileo, Senior Account Executive at PLMR (17-Mar-15)

The upcoming Election looks to be one of the tightest in history. What looks to be certain is there will be a new Coalition Government, and each party will be thinking how they can work with others, and where they can compromise......

Integrated care - an unexpected solution to the A&E crisis

Zoe White, Account Executive at PLMR (30-Jan-15)

It was not the best start to 2015 as the word 'crisis' flashed up on our TV screens and headlines revealed our NHS cracking under pressure. Hospitals up and down the country were experiencing crises in.....

NHS One, Social Care Nil

Anokhi Madhavji, Account Manager at PLMR (04-Dec-14)

As part of the Autumn Statement yesterday, the Chancellor George Osborne announced that there will be an extra £2 billion every year until 2020 for the NHS. A positive step forward of course, but we all.....

The future of residential care - a mix of better policy and better PR?

Natalia Marczewska, Digital Executive at PLMR (29-Sep-14)

In the past month, several reports were published with specific recommendations for care homes and the care sector whilst the Government announced a new inspection regime for rating care homes. All in the aim of improving care for.....

Are special measures really what the care sector needs?

Rhiannon Evans-Young, Account Executive at PLMR (04-Aug-14)

It was announced recently that care homes will soon be subject to the same failure regime as hospitals. Following a decision by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, care homes will see a system of special measures introduced for those.....

National Care Home Open Day: A chance for politicians to celebrate the best of care

Nick Albrow, Account Manager at PLMR (26-Jun-14)

On 20th June, Members of Parliament carried out their constituency duties as they would on any other Friday. But the date of course marked a hugely important day for the care sector as homes across the country celebrated National.....

Information sharing and technology vital for achieving integrated health and social care system

Francesca Dobson, Senior Account Executive at PLMR (03-Apr-14)

The Independent Commission on Whole Person Care was tasked by the Labour Party to examine not only whether an integrated healthcare and social care system was the best way forward for the UK, but also, how this system might be implemented......

The Care Bill's 'Epic Changes'

Jonathan Senior, Public Affairs and Media Relations Intern at PLMR (06-Feb-14)

As many of you will be aware, the Care Bill is currently making its way through parliament, and is likely to have a significant impact on the sector. There are a number of issues which have been highlighted regarding the legislation,.....