AUGUST 2017 19 HEALTH & WELFARE Celebrating three decades of raising the profile of care catering The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special afternoon tea reception, hosted by Baroness Howe. Dignitaries, founding members, past and present national and regional officers, NACC ambassadors, premier partners, media partners and industry associations gathered to honour three decades of the association’s outstanding work, achievements and camaraderie. The NACC is the voice for caterers from all areas of the care sector across the UK. Neel Radia, national chair for the NACC, said: “Over its 30 years, the NACC really has made a huge impact on care catering. Through our annual events and campaigns, guidance documents, network and the partnerships that we have formed, we really have improved the sector’s standards and reputation. “For example, care chefs are now rightfully recognised as highly-skilled and knowledgeable professionals, the lack of a dedicated qualification for the sector has been addressed and we have taken the fight to protect Meals on Wheels to MPs and the public.” 2017 Regional Great British Care Awards Nominations Now Open Nominations are now open for this year’s Regional Great British Care Awards. The awards are a series of nine regional awards celebrating excellence across the care sector and aim to promote best practice within social care. Category winners from each of the nine regions will go through to a National Final in spring 2018 at the ICC in Birmingham. Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England said: “The Great British Care Awards looks to redress the lack of recognition that people who work in social care receive, and is recognising and rewarding the very best in the social care workforce, giving them praise and respect for the transformational work that they do every day.” For more information visit www.care-awards. co.uk/nominate. Stark variation in the quality of care homes revealed (20.3% of care The analysis is based on CQC inspections of care homes which rate homes as either ‘Outstanding’, ‘Good’, ‘Requires improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’. Simon Bottery, director of policy at Independent Age, said: “No one should be forced to live in an unsatisfactory care home but our analysis shows this is the grim reality in some parts of the country. “The market is simply not providing a decent choice for older people and their families but there is little indication that local authorities or the government are giving the problem the attention it deserves.” For more information visit www.independentage.org/sites/default/files /2017-04/Regional_care_home_performance_briefing.pdf. “The Great British Care Awards looks to redress the lack of recognition that people who work in social care receive" The North West contains seven of the eight worst performing English local authorit ies on care home qualit y, with one in three care homes across the region performing poorly. Roger Denton, the NACC’s national secretary; Sophie Murray, the NACC’s national deputy chair; Baroness Howe; Neel Radia, the NACC’s national chairman >> A stark variation in the quality of care homes at a regional and local authority level across England has been highlighted by new research. The North West is the worst performing region in England when it comes to the proportion of satisfactory care homes, whilst London is the “The market best performing region. In some areas such as is simply not Stockport or Salford, older people and their providing a decent families face little choice of quality care, with choice for older three in five homes rated not good enough. people and their The analysis by Independent families" Age, the older people’s charity, also found: The North West (33.6% of care homes performing poorly), Yorkshire and The Humber (32.2%) and Sout h East (28.2%) are the worst perf orming regions of England f o r c are home qu alit y. London homes performing poorly), the East of England (20.8%) and the South West (21.1%) are the best performing regions for care home quality.
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