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Safeguarding Adults in Care Homes

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has responded to a consultation document on safeguarding adults in care homes from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:

“Care England welcomes this guidance, but has taken the opportunity to suggest some areas that need further emphasis. The relationship between empowering the ethos of the Human Rights Act and the Mental Capacity Act needs to be explored and is especially pertinent given the challenges around guidance concerning visiting care homes during the pandemic”.

NICE is expected to publish the guidance in February 2021 https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-ng10107 Safeguarding adults in care homes is of paramount importance.

Martin Green continues:

“We also urge NICE to delve into the interrelationship between the adult safeguarding teams and the adult social care commissioning practice, to ensure providers have a consistent framework to work within”.

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Notes to editors:

  1. Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
  2. Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care. Care England analysis indicates that where known around one in five councils (20%) did not increase their base rates for either residential or nursing home placements in 2018/19, despite rising inflation and increased workforce costs.
  3. For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email acorby@careengland.org.uk 
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