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Dr Peter Wallis

Social work on film: Bringing the older people’s care ‘crisis’ to the small screen

Social workers and health professionals wrestle with the challenges of supporting frail older people on BBC documentary Protecting Our Parents, which starts this evening

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Providers should make many more applications to authorise deprivations of liberty, says CQC

April 14,2014

Regulator issues advice to care providers on responding to landmark Supreme Court Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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10 ways councils are targeting savings from adult social care in 2014-15

April 9,2014

Local authorities are turning to rationing, reductions in care packages and innovation to cut the costs of care

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What the Children and Families Act 2014 means for social work and social workers

April 16,2014

The Act includes reforms for adoption, special educational needs, children in care – and starts the process of change for children’s homes

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How providers can boost support for people with learning disabilities as they grow older

April 14,2014

Christine Towers explains how a new toolkit aims to help providers and staff improve care

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Replay our discussion of BBC documentary on social work with older people

April 13,2014

Two years after Protecting Our Children laid bare the realities of child protection, Protecting Our Parents aims to do the same on older people’s care

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Top-rated services to go up to two years without inspection under CQC reform plans

April 11,2014

Regulator to move away from inspecting each service location at least once a year and to get tougher on poorer performers

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Early intervention on psychosis would save millions says charity report

April 10,2014

Rethink Mental Illness report says more than £50m a year could be saved in next five years by spending more on early help now

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Councils must ensure care providers treat staff properly, says new directors’ chief

April 10,2014

David Pearson succeeds Sandie Keene as president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

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Deeper cuts to adult social care packages planned as council budgets drop by 4%

April 9,2014

Service users face reductions to support and extra charges for services under council savings plans for 2014-15, finds Community Care

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The reality of being a councillor tasked with saving £65m from your social care budget

April 9,2014

Clare Neill, Derbyshire’s cabinet member for adult social care, explains why she is under pressure to save £65m from her budget in coming years

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Assessment and funding delays preventing hospital discharge for people with learning disabilities, finds study

April 8,2014

NHS study finds half of delayed discharges of learning disabled people due to unfinished assessments

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Social work with older people must be revived to meet ageing challenge, says College report

April 8,2014

Gerontological social work vital to improving quality of life for older people and saving public funding yet at risk of being lost, warns academics

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Safeguarding timescales should be revised to enable person-centred social work, report councils

April 7,2014

Social work practice improved by outcome-focused approach to protecting adults, says report on Making Safeguarding Personal approach

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Skills for Care and National Skills Academy announce merger

April 7,2014

Government welcomes England’s adult social care workforce development bodies’ decision to fuse

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Court of Protection adds weight to social worker evidence in mental capacity assessments

April 4,2014

Court of Protection recognises social workers in revised COP3 form

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Councils should think of ditching low paying care providers says chief civil servant

April 3,2014

DCLG boss tells MPs that local authorities should challenge providers that pay less than the minimum wage

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‘State-funded navigators are needed to help older people choose the best care’

April 3,2014

Dr Chai Patel of Demos’s Commission on Residential Care says higher pay and care navigators are key to meeting the challenge of an ageing population

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‘Unfit’ health and social care systems must be fully integrated and better funded, finds inquiry

April 3,2014

Single ring-fenced budget must be created to resolve systemic failings in services for disabled and older people, says interim report from King’s Fund commission

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