The year that was and will be
As 2017 draws to a close we’re taking a look back at the key highlights of the year, and sharing details about what’s to come next year.
Donald Trump became USA’s 45th president, the UK triggered Brexit to leave the EU, Mayweather took on McGregor which saw boxing meet MMA in the ring, and won, and Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle with a much-anticipated wedding due next May, but what happened in the social care sector?
Round up of 2017
There have been many positive developments at NHG this year.
- It marked our 30th anniversary. We’ve gone from operating out of a lounge with one van, to employing 91 staff at our 40,000 square feet premise in Horsham.
- In July we became an official supplier member for Care England, the leading representative body for independent care services in England. This means that we’ll be able to help more care organisations with our healthcare supply consumables.
- In October we announced our merger with Clinicare Supplies, a company that is recognised for its customer service and essential care and nursing consumables.
In addition, there have been significant movements in the care industry.
- A three year study by seven UK universities and funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) called on the NHS and care homes to work together to provide better care for the half million people in residential care.
- A study that was released in July by Alzheimer’s Research UK found that dementia cases are set to soar to 1.2 million in England and Wales by 2040.
- In November the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its annual State of Care Report for 2016/2017 and described the future of the health and social care sector in England as the “greatest unresolved public policy issue of our time”.
What’s to come in 2018
We have a few exciting announcements and launches to come next year.
- We’ll be developing and implementing our new strategy moving forward with Clinicare Supplies.
- In the first quarter of 2018 we’ll be launching a report that looks at the impact of Brexit on the retention and recruitment of the social care workforce. It’ll cover details from a roundtable that we held in London in October with Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, Sharon Allen, Chief Executive of Skills for Care and National Skills Academy for Social Care, Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum and Neil Eastwood, Founder of Sticky People and Author of Saving Social Care.
- In October our team will be returning to The Care Show. Keep your eyes peeled for our exciting updates on the build up to this event.
There are also care industry developments on the horizon for 2018.
- In summer 2018 the government will be launching a social care Green Paper that will look at the long-term challenges faced by users and providers of care services.
- Local authorities look set to train around 600 social workers through apprenticeships from September 2018, the government has said.
- The Local Government Association (LGA) has said there are to be central government funding cuts for care of the elderly over the next two years.
If you’d like to learn how we can help your care home, get in touch with us on 01403 firstname.lastname@example.org.