New care workers will have to earn a training certificate within 12 weeks of starting a job.The scheme comes in from March 2015 in England for staff including assistants in hospitals, care homes and those who look after people in their own homes.
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Two care workers have been jailed for physically and verbally abusing a man left paralysed after a road accident.
Six more staff have been sacked at an Essex care home after a BBC Panorama programme about alleged abuse there.
A Lancashire care provider has collapsed with the loss of 152 jobs.
Letter to The Guardian, Wednesday 30 April 2014We represent organisations and individuals involved on a daily basis in the provision of residential care for older people (Report, 28 April). We are horrified at the revelations in the BBC Panorama programme of the abusive behaviour shown by staff at the Old Deanery towards the older residents in their charge. There is never any excuse for abuse or poor practice and it is a wake-up call for all those involved in delivering care, from commissioners to regulators to providers, to work together to ensure services are of a consistently high quality.
Large quantities of anti-psychotic drugs are being given to people with learning disabilities who are resident in hospitals or specialist units.