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Mental Capacity Act failings prominent at most ‘inadequate’-rated care providers

Analysis of CQC reports finds concerns over deprivation of liberty safeguards and MCA regularly raised

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Council faces bill of over £100,000 for unlawfully depriving 90-year-old of liberty

January 22,2015

Judge attacks “reprehensible conduct” of authority in breaching man’s human rights and Mental Capacity Act principles

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Charity’s social care scorecard outlines “calamitous” cuts to older people’s care

January 21,2015

Age UK has pulled together figures from 22 pieces of research to demonstrate the problems facing social care for elderly people

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‘Person-centred care is ingrained in all of us’

January 23,2015

David Wilson, chief executive of Robert Owen Communities, reflects on receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating from the CQC

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First graduate in dementia studies shares her expertise

January 21,2015

Iffat Mazoor is the first person to complete the pioneering new degree programme in dementia studies, while continuing to work as a care assistant

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‘Getting angry with government over care cuts would undermine our influence’ – Adass chief

January 21,2015

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services president David Pearson responds to criticism that he should be using broadcast interviews to attack the government over care cuts

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£25m for councils to tackle delayed discharges is ‘tribute to work of social workers’, says Adass chief

January 20,2015

But social care leaders warn that government funding is insufficient and may reward areas with poor records on tackling hospital pressures

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Panels to approve support plans should be exception not norm, says guidance on Care Act

January 20,2015

Limiting use of approval panels will reduce anxiety and paperwork says sector coalition Think Local Act Personal

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Chief social worker to ‘strengthen’ skills statement’s focus on Mental Capacity Act

January 19,2015

Lyn Romeo to give more prominent role to capacity laws in forthcoming knowledge and skills statement

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Registered care home managers: An undervalued workforce?

January 19,2015

After new research highlights the lack of knowledge surrounding the care home manager role, Rachel Carter investigates the skills, experiences and challenges of this section of the social care workforce

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How our home care service achieved an ‘outstanding’ CQC rating

January 19,2015

Compassion and empathy are what make for outstanding care standards on a day-to-day basis, writes Gail Godson, director of Home Instead Senior Care West Lancashire and Chorley

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Social workers given guidance on applying deprivation of liberty ‘acid test’ to end-of-life care

January 16,2015

Government issues advice note in bid to ensure system does not put ‘paperwork before people’ in applying Cheshire West judgement to end-of-life care

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Planning ahead provides peace of mind for end-of-life care

January 15,2015

Most people don't want to think about the end of their life, but planning in advance gives them the final say in their treatment, not the professionals, says Usha Grieve

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Lamb praises ‘remarkable’ response from social care staff to NHS pressures

January 15,2015

Care and support minister says it is 'remarkable' that days lost to delayed discharges due to social care reasons are at same level as 2010

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Person-centred commissioning will improve services for frail older people, says guidance

January 15,2015

Fit for Frailty guidance also recommends series of health and care pathways to prevent avoidable hospital admissions and delayed discharges

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College calls for specialist ‘older people’s’ option in social work training

January 14,2015

Proposals outlined in white paper designed to start debate on what constitutes 'excellent' social work with older people

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Unique medical social work role improves outcomes for older surgical patients

January 14,2015

Social workers in the NHS need to be viewed as a valued and necessary component in multi-disciplinary working, says Paul McKie, who wants to see his role become commonplace

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‘If you put your head above the parapet, you’re likely to get shot’

January 14,2015

Social work whistle-blowers describe a ‘culture of fear’ around raising practice concerns

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Whistle-blowing social workers disillusioned as concerns about abusive or dangerous practice are ignored

January 14,2015

Two Community Care surveys find social workers now turning a blind eye because of the price paid for raising concerns

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