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Early self-funder assessments vital to avoid ‘unmanageable’ Care Act burden, says DH

Councils given advice on implementation of funding reforms being introduced under Care Act from April 2016

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Make access to social care at end of life fast and free, experts urge government

February 26,2015

Review calls for £100m annual boost in social care provision for people who are dying in order to boost choice at the end of life

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Staff ‘distressed’ by NHS Trust’s response to death of man with learning disabilities

February 25,2015

Staff at Southern Health tell CQC the trust had not been ‘as open as honest as it could have been’ in handling of Connor Sparrowhawk’s death

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Social work stories: “When I visited several weeks later Mrs H looked fabulous”

March 3,2015

Alison Harris, a social worker in the West Midlands, tells how she made a difference for an elderly woman with severe health problems

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Social work stories: making a difference every single day

March 3,2015

Tell us something you've done that has changed somebody's life or made a real difference to somebody

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The top 83 actions you could take to stand up for social work

March 3,2015

A list of large and small things you can do to stand up for social work whether you're a social worker, manager, politician or member of the public

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Wales announces £14 million in funding to support social care workforce following law reform

February 27,2015

Money intended to ensure workforce readiness and raise public awareness of the changes in the Social Services and Well-being Act

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LGBT housing project will challenge ‘status-quo’ on how care and support is delivered

February 25,2015

Community interest company, Tonic Housing, is hoping to develop residential and domiciliary care services that better reflect the identity of the older LGBT community

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‘Welsh social workers will not be ‘swallowed up’ by health under new law’, says minister

February 25,2015

Mark Drakeford, health and social services minister for the Welsh Government, talks to Community Care about the rationale behind the country’s social care reforms.

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Learning disability survey paints damning picture of coalition’s track record

February 25,2015

Government given score of '2 out of 10' in survey of over 1,500 people with learning disabilities and their families

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Lack of services and support for individuals with early onset dementia

February 24,2015

By Blair McPherson
I was the first specialist dementia social worker in Birmingham. I was part of a social work team for older people, so I was surprised when I received a referral for a woman in her mid to…

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Suspected minimum wage breaches at 100 care firms ‘tip of the iceberg’, says minister

February 24,2015

Care provider owes 184 workers almost £40,000 for non-payment of the minimum wage, reveals government

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Council to commission out child protection in the biggest outsourcing ‘in a generation’

February 24,2015

Northamptonshire County Council will retain 150 of its 4,000 staff members in a £68m budget cut

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Welsh Government unveils law to overhaul regulation and inspection of social care

February 24,2015

The Regulation and Inspection Bill will shift the responsibility for care failings away from the frontline to ensure providers are held accountable

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CQC closes nursing home after finding residents washed in cold water and ignored

February 13,2015

Inspectors said the care at Merok Park in Surrey was ‘simply unacceptable’, with an overpowering smell of urine and severe staff shortages also among the failings

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Open dialogue: A care model that could put mental health social work back on the map?

February 12,2015

This social approach to supporting people experiencing mental health crisis is gaining momentum in the sector but could it be the lever for change social work is looking for? Rachel Carter reports.

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‘No evidence’ to warrant CQC inspection of local authorities, says minister

February 12,2015

Local government minister says councils have been effective in procuring care services, despite concerns over short home care visits

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‘State funding of the voluntary sector needs to change to tackle crisis-driven social care system’

February 11,2015

A review for government is examining how central and local government funding for the voluntary sector should best be deployed. Alex Fox sets out the issues it is considering

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