New appointee as Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care in England

Chief Nurse for Adult Social care England

Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE is set to take up a new role representing social care nurses and providing clinical leadership to the workforce, having been appointed Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care in England.

In her new role, Professor Sturdy will work closely alongside the Minister for Care and the Chief Nursing Officer as an important role in ensuring the provision of high quality, personalised, joined up care.

The Chief Nurse position will also act as an inspiring leader for social care nursing and help develop social care policy and how it relates to the workforce.

Minister for Care Helen Whately said: “I’m delighted to welcome Deborah Sturdy as our first Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care. More details

Care staff can claim immigration health surcharge reimbursement.

Care staff can claim immigration health surcharge reimbursement.

Tens of thousands of international health & care staff who have worked tirelessly to save lives during the   pandemic are now exempt from the immigration health surcharge (IHS) & will no longer have to pay to use NHS services.
Overseas NHS & care workers are now able to claim their reimbursement from the surcharge.
Those eligible can now apply online and access guidance on claiming the reimbursement, which will be paid in 6-month installments.


Fire Safety Bill Published

The Home Office 19th March introducing a new bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales.

The proposed Fire Safety Bill builds on action already taken to ensure that people feel safe in their homes, and a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire never happens again.

The bill will amend the Fire Safety Order 2005 to clarify that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for:

  • the structure and external walls of the building, including cladding, balconies and windows
  • entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts

This clarification will empower fire and rescue services to take enforcement action and hold building owners to account if they are not compliant.

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New Scottish legislation to improve housing rights for disabled people.

New regulation proposals have been launched by the      Scottish government aiming to improve accessibility for those living with a disability in the communal areas around their home.

Under the newly announced proposals, people living with disabilities would be given the right to remove barriers to  access by creating ramps, widening paths and installing handrails in common areas.

These changes are hoped to improve equality for those living with disabilities, though all potential works would only be sanctioned provided they have support of a majority of  neighbours. More


Whirlpool told to recall unsafe tumble dryers.

Whirlpool told to recall unsafe tumble dryers.

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) welcomes news that the government has given Whirlpool notice that it intends to require the company to recall up to 500,000 of its tumble  dryers over fire safety risks.

NFCC has been calling for changes to improve product recalls and manufacturing standards, including the need for a single Government backed register for UK product recalls, for a  number of years.

The dryers affected are the vented and condensing tumble dryers branded Hotpoint, Creda, Indesit, Swan or Proline, that were made between April 2004 and October 2015. More


New Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care (ASC)

Kate Terroni is joining us in May as the new Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care. Kate takes over from Debbie Westhead who has been interim Chief Inspector since Andrea Sutcliffe’s departure in December last year.

Kate, a registered social worker, is currently Director of Social Care at Oxfordshire County Council. Kate is also co-chair of the ADASS workforce network and was previously Deputy Director of Commissioning at Oxfordshire County Council.

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