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Social workers and GPs should be ‘in the driving seat’ on health and social care integration

But joint report says more multidisciplinary education and co-location of services is needed to help practitioners understand each other’s roles

Warwickshire's Discharge to Assess team L-R: Joanna Salmon, Georgina Everitt, Osei Fofie and Schola Sjurseth

Social work on an innovative multidisciplinary team: ‘It’s been empowering’

October 29,2014

Community Care spends the day with Warwickshire’s Discharge to Assess team to find out how practitioners are mastering the challenges of health and social care integration while improving the life of service users

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Councils ‘must not underestimate’ impact of Care Act advocacy duties

October 29,2014

A new guide for commissioning advocacy under the Care Act urges councils to consider expanding existing capacity

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Adult services directors want more evidence on the benefits of telecare

October 30,2014

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services survey finds a 'strong appetite' among councils to share best practice on assistive living technologies

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How telecare is cutting hospital admissions and impressing social workers

October 30,2014

Community Care speaks to Havering Council to find out the secrets behind the success of their On Track telecare initiative

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Patchy progress on implementing personalisation ‘best practice’, finds survey

October 28,2014

Third annual personal budget survey finds many users and carers still frustrated with process

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‘The LB Bill: turning social care policymaking on its head’

October 27,2014

Learning disability policy isn't working so we're taking a crowdsourced approach to drafting new legislation, writes George Julian

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‘These eligibility regulation changes undermine one of the Care Act’s key aims’

October 24,2014

Changes to the national eligibility threshold plans could spell bad news for informal carers, argues Belinda Schwehr

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Councils still controlling most personal budget arrangements, survey shows

October 24,2014

Directors say good progress has been made on personalisation but more choice and control needed

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Care Act 2014: Government tightens national minimum threshold plans

October 23,2014

After months of consultation on draft versions, the Department of Health has published its final guidance and regulations on the Act

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Lamb told ‘urgent’ funding for deprivation of liberty cases needed as legal threat looms

October 22,2014

Local authority leaders tell minister that councils are in 'dire need' of funds amid nine-fold rise in deprivation of liberty cases

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A guide to Nice’s new quality standard on medication management in care homes

October 22,2014

The institute is advising care homes to put individuals at 'heart of decisions' on medication and support residents to self-administer wherever possible

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A wider definition of domestic abuse will help social workers safeguard more adult victims

October 21,2014

Social work organisations respond to a Home Office consultation on strengthening the law around domestic abuse

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One in five nursing homes too short-staffed to ensure safe care, finds watchdog

October 16,2014

CQC State of Care report finds standard of social care generally improving but warns of nursing shortage

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Care home’s council contract suspended over failure to support staff

October 16,2014

A Nottingham care home has had its contract with the council suspended after three successive CQC inspections found training and supervision to be lacking

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DH releases £4m Care Act training fund amid concerns over workforce readiness

October 16,2014

Regional grant announced after stocktake exercise revealed council concerns over training capacity and workforce readiness

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Five key stats for social workers from new official adult safeguarding figures

October 15,2014

We pull out some of the key figures from the health and social care information centre's latest data

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Mental health social work with deaf adults: ‘I’ve learnt so much working in this service’

October 15,2014

Community Care hears about life as a social worker in one of England's specialist mental health services for deaf adults

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CQC finds ‘unacceptable’ variation in quality of dementia care

October 13,2014

Nine out of 10 care homes and hospitals had elements of poor or variable care, review by social care regulator finds

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