Author Archives: Sam Pearce

Will There Be Anyone Left to Work in Social Care Post Brexit?

  The number of non-British EU nationals working in the UK’s social care system has increased by over 40% in the last three years. Government data shows an increase from 65,000 in December 2013 to 92,000 in September 2016.  Raising … Continue reading

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Successful Self Publisher Swimming Against the Tide

Joanna Penn has been something of a poster girl for the self-publishing community in the UK and has surprised many by announcing that she has moved into physical book publishing. Her publishing company, Curl Up Press, is an independent small … Continue reading

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CQC Rates Ealing GP Practice As Inadequate

The CQC has rated Dr Naz Asghar’s practice in Ealing, west London, as Inadequate. The practice was rated as Inadequate for being safe, effective and well-led. It was rated Requires Improvement for caring and Good for being responsive. Some of the … Continue reading

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Innovate UK Looking to Recruit 2017 Graduates

Innovate UK, the government sponsored innovation agency, is currently looking for graduates to fill 16 cross-disciplinary roles across its directorates. This includes the sector teams, development directorate, operations and information technology and business change. Innovate was set up to work … Continue reading

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Health and Social Care Reforms Are Not Delivering

The National Audit Office has issued a damning report on the progress of the government’s plans to integrate health and social care. The report concluded that work has been slow, with expected benefits reduced or simply non-existent for patients, the … Continue reading

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Applicants for Higher Education in the UK Down for 2017

UCAS has published its analysis of full-time undergraduate applications made by the 15 January deadline – the first reliable indicator of demand for UK higher education for the 2017 cycle. Overall, UK applicant figures have decreased by 5% to a … Continue reading

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Using Your Voice to Log into Your HMRC Account

HMRC is making it faster and simpler for customers to confirm their identity to access its services however they choose to do it. Customers using the HMRC mobile app can already use their fingerprint to access their information. Now HMRC is introducing technology that will … Continue reading

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Adult Social Care CQC Inspections to be Fast-tracked

In the latest set of CQC board papers, the Chief Executive, David Behan, has said that his organisation is working on rapidly re-inspecting care homes which have restrictions on admission, in order to reopen bed capacity and help ease intense NHS winter … Continue reading

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Creative Writing Competition: BBC National Short Story Award

The prestigious BBC National Short Story Award, which has a first prize of £15,000, will open for entries on the 26th January. The award, for short stories up to 8,000 words, is open to any writer with a history of … Continue reading

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CQC to Work Closer With Charities & Patient Groups

The CQC has launched a number of new partnerships with national charities to ensure that the views and experiences of people who use services are heard. They will be working with Carers UK, Disability Rights UK, Mind, The National Autistic … Continue reading

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