STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

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Care home abuse allegations increasing under ‘strained’ system. By Nicola Merrifield, Nursing Times

Allegations of abuse in care homes are being made at almost double the rate they were four years ago, with an average of 150 now being reported every day, according to figures from the Care Quality Commission.

In 2011, around 30,000 allegations were reported to the regulator by providers of adult social care. More than 27,000 of those came from care homes. In the first six months of this year, just over 30,000 abuse allegations were already reported to the CQC. Nearly 24,000 occurred in care homes.

The data was released following a Freedom of Information request by The Observer newspaper, which also interviewed the CQC’s chief inspector of adult social care, Andrea Sutcliffe. Ms Sutcliffe told the paper that the figures showing more allegations being reported were indicative of care providers and those using the services being increasingly aware of the need to notify authorities aboutpotential abuse.  But she did say she was concerned by the “kind of increase there has been, the numbers of people directly affected”, and that 125 more CQC inspectors were now being recruited to help tackle the issue. Cuts in funding and a lack of political leadership had helped to create a sector that was now under “stress and strain”, said Ms Sutcliffe.

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Care home abuse allegations increasing under strained system

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Should care home cameras be banned?

One woman strongly opposed to the calls is Irene Rees, whose family used covert filming to help jail an NHS nurse who was abusing her 92-year-old mother-in-law. She joins us this morning alongside Eileen Chubb, founder of the campaign group Compassion in Care.

“You need cameras in care homes. We need them in the rooms. It should be part of a package that’s offered to you when you go to these homes. It’s up to the relatives then to decide… I can’t see any other way of safeguarding these elderly people” – Irene Rees

“Why did I blow the whistle? I saw widespread abuse of people. There was no question about reporting it to management, and we went higher, and higher, and higher” – Eileen Chubb  Compassion in care

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called for relatives to be banned from secretly filming elderly residents they suspect are being abused in care homes. Earlier this year the Care Quality Commission watchdog introduced a new policy allowing families to covertly film relatives in homes as a ‘last resort’. But the RCN yesterday called for the policy to be banned – warning it would deter nurses from working in care homes and drive down care standards

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http://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/should-care-home-hidden-cameras-be-banned

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‘Families too scared to speak out about care home abuse’

A COUNCILLOR has said families are too frightened to speak out about widespread abuse in care homes in case their relatives are evicted.

East Riding Council’s health, care and wellbeing overview and scrutiny sub-committee heard about 100 referrals are made every month regarding physical and financial abuse and neglect of older people in the East Riding. About 70 per cent of the allegations relate to residential homes. Although the sub-committee was told the high number of care home referrals is likely to relate to the scrutiny care homes faced, Councillor Keith Moore said: “There is a huge amount of abuse going on in care homes. “Families are afraid if they report anything, their relative will be evicted or sent somewhere miles away where they can’t visit them.”

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http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Families-scared-speak-care-home-abuse-8211/story-26054409-detail/story.html

Thousands of complaints made about elderly care in England

5 Live investigates

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31557790

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Advice issued on hidden filming in care homes – Download guidance on using hidden camera’s

Click on the link below to download guidance on using hidden camera’s

Download Thinking about using a hidden camera in care homes

The Care Quality Commission has produced a pamphlet that sets out what relatives in England need to consider. It includes advice on gaining permission from the person being cared for and where it can be done. The CQC said opinion was divided about hidden cameras but it was publishing the guidance in recognition of the fact some people were already using them. It also comes after the BBC’s Panorama programme used secret filming to uncover abuse. This includes a programme in 2011 that exposed abuse at Winterbourne View, a care home near Bristol for people with learning disabilities, and last year’s expose of the Old Deanery care home in Essex.

It has taken months of discussion and consultation for this guidance to be produced – the idea was raised in 2013 and agreed last year.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31424424

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