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Mental Capacity Act

‘How proposals to reform deprivation of liberty have been pared back to cut costs’

As the Law Commission publishes an interim statement on its reform proposals, Ben Troke and Rebecca Fitzpatrick set out how its initial plans have stripped back

"This picture was taken at our daughter Carol's wedding. Without the help of Hertfordshire social services, we could not have gone." 
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The difference the Care Act can make to carers – and why too few benefit

May 26,2016

As the government prepares a new national carers strategy, Rachel Carter speaks to one carer about the realities of the role and what needs to change

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Best interests assessor role could be axed to cut costs of deprivation of liberty system

May 25,2016

Law Commission rolls back on pledge to make BIA role “central” to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards replacement

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Frustrated by media portrayals of social work, I invited a journalist to see what we do…

May 31,2016

Natasha Sloman invited a national newspaper to shadow her on a day on approved mental health professional duty. Here's how it went...

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‘Lots of social work happens outside children’s services. Why’s it being ignored?’

May 31,2016

With social work reforms almost entirely led by the Department for Education, it’s as if social work outside of children’s services doesn’t matter

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Council becomes sole shareholder for ‘staff-led’ social work company

May 26,2016

People2People, developed under the government’s social work practice pilot scheme, is being brought under the ownership of Shropshire Council

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Top tips to help social workers and GPs work better together

May 25,2016

Robin Miller and Catherine Mangan share their tips following the launch of exclusive training materials on Community Care Inform Adults

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Council repays £12,000 after errors in financial support for woman lacking capacity

May 24,2016

The Local Government Ombudsman found that Halton council had not properly managed the finances of the disabled woman as her appointee

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Social care providers are being forced to deliver care at loss, writes Jane Townson
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‘Lack of funding for national living wage means poorer people will miss out on care’

May 20,2016

Unfunded cost pressures leave providers no choice but to rely on self-funders to avoid care home closures and job losses, writes Jane Townson

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How one area’s mental health teams are tackling the ‘scandal’ of out-of-area care

May 20,2016

Agencies in Bradford have joined forces to cut the number of adults in crisis being sent long distances for beds. Andy McNicoll reports.

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Winners of the Inspiring Images of Social Care 2016 competition announced

May 17,2016

The 12 winning images will feature in a 2017 charity calendar

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Your continuing healthcare questions answered

May 13,2016

Legal trainer Belinda Schwehr answers practitioners' key questions on NHS continuing healthcare

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Cuts making it more difficult to achieve health and social care integration, warns research

May 13,2016

Pilots to test new ways of integrating care report struggle to engage frontline professionals as they "firefight" to keep services running

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Help at hand for practitioners trying to engage with adults who hoard

May 12,2016

Tune in to our latest webinar which deals with the complex issue of working with adults who hoard and pick up some tips and tools

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How well is the Mental Capacity Act being used in care homes?

May 11,2016

Our survey of care home managers revealed common barriers to MCA implementation, and creative ways to tackle them, writes Care England's Saskia Goldman

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Social worker and service user

Social workers ‘face tension between promoting choice and independence’

May 11,2016

Achieving service users' preferred outcomes may not be best measure of success because of low aspirations, says social care finance expert

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Coming face-to-face with the impact of social care cuts you’ve made: a director’s story

May 11,2016

Liverpool Council’s adult social care director Samih Kalakeche talks to Community Care about the reality of delivering care in austerity

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Care Act

Government sets out Care Act funding allocations for 2016-17

May 9,2016

The Department of Health will provide £433 million to help local authorities meet new Care Act requirements in 2016/17

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CQC to start assessing adult social care’s contribution to equal end-of-life care

May 9,2016

Adult social care to be examined on end-of-life care after CQC review highlights inequality in care people receive in their final days

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