Financial crisis in social care sector

Nationally, nearly half of social care services inspected by the Care Quality Commission in the past year were found to be failing the frail and vulnerable, in what relatives and experts say is a symptom of the growing financial crisis in the sector.
There is also growing evidence of the crisis having an effect on the health system as in some cases hospital beds were being occupied by patients who could not leave because there was a lack of social care in place to support them.
In Harrow, of the 47 regulated providers inspected by CQC as at November 2015, none had received an outstanding rating overall, 35 received a rating of good, and 10 were rated as requires improvement and 2 received a rating of inadequate – requiring improvement and being inadequate are the failing categories.
Harrow specific number of allegations of abuse of people using social care services has increased, reported by us previously.
Quality of the care has co-relation with how well people in the social care are paid.
From the CQC data, as at December 2015, there were an estimated 150 establishments and 5,500 jobs in adult social care in Harrow, around 3,700 of these jobs were care workers and there were 86 registered managers in post.
As at December 2015, the average hourly rate across Harrow for a care worker was £7.61, including the independent sector average £7.50, which was less than the regional average across the London area (£8.00).
Furthermore, across Harrow, around 89% of care workers were aged 25 or over and 32% of these had an hourly rate less than £7.20.
Across the sector, 12.3% of care worker roles in Harrow were vacant as at December 2015 – equates to an estimated 450 vacancies.
Harrow assistant director of social services Chris Greenway has previously assured, “we have developed a Residential and Nursing Care Quality Charter, which reflects the views of people that have used Care Homes and their families to identify what a Good home should look like”.