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How three conversations have changed the way we do social work

Using a three-tier model to assess adult social care support means we’re doing better for our service users – and for ourselves, writes Charlotte Kirin

Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, died while a patient at a Southern Health learning disability unit in 2013. His family have called for the trust's chief executive and board to resign.

Southern Health leadership under fire after CQC finds ‘serious’ patient safety concerns

April 29,2016

Regulator finds NHS Trust’s leadership not proactive enough in addressing risks to mental health and learning disability patients

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“There’s no way my granddaughter is going to know me as that ‘old alkie'”

April 27,2016

Loraine Radcliffe speaks to recovery worker Dan Mushens about the way alcohol dependency ‘obliterated’ her life, but how she refuses to let it define her any longer

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The Care Quality Commission's exhibition stand at Community Care Live Birmingham 2015. Photo: Gary Brigden

Record numbers of social workers set to attend Community Care Live Birmingham

May 5,2016

More than 2,600 people involved in adults and children's social work have signed up but there's still time to register for the free-to-attend event, which takes place 10 and 11 May

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Social workers missing targets on care package reviews as backlogs build

May 4,2016

More than 40% of care plan reviews are overdue in some parts of the country despite Care Act's expectation of annual reviews

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Inspiring Images of Social Care 2016: view the shortlist and vote for your favourite

April 29,2016

You can vote for the one you like best via the Community Care Facebook page or by commenting on this article

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Rise in care homes going out of business

April 26,2016

Research by accountancy firm Moore Stephens shows steady increase in number of care home providers entering insolvency

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Dave Hill of Essex County Council is the new president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services. Photo: Nick Strugnell

ADCS president aims to improve public image of care and end ‘formulaic’ social work

April 22,2016

Dave Hill also uses inaugural speech as president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services to promise closer co-operation with adult service directors

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Government rejects service user plea for investigation into ‘Care Act breaches’

April 20,2016

Care minister Alistair Burt dismisses user-group’s request for a CQC probe into Norfolk Council’s adult social care department

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Council to regain control of social work from provider following performance issues

April 19,2016

Performance problems, financial pressures and NHS policy shifts behind Swindon council decision not to renew contract with social enterprise SEQOL

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Sally Percival's son Alex (pictured) has a real passion for the second world war. A personal budget has enabled him to take part in historial re-enactments.

Personal budgets changed my family’s life – but we had to fight hard to get them

April 19,2016

Carer Sally Percival shared her experience of personal budgets with adult social care directors at the ADASS spring seminar

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The human cost of the government’s delay to the Care Act funding reforms

April 19,2016

The cap on care costs had been due to come into force this month but has been delayed until 2020. Clare Evans explains what this means for self-funders like her

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‘Social workers must embrace telecare for service users to realise full benefits’

April 18,2016

Practitioners can help people overcome their resistance to technology by tackling their own lack of confidence in telecare, says Jeremy Porteus

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Your Care Act questions answered on assessment and eligibility

April 18,2016

Legal trainer Belinda Schwehr answers practitioners' more pressing questions on Care Act assessment and eligibility for service users

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Four ways to make providers accountable for service users’ outcomes

April 18,2016

Outcomes-based commissioning could benefit service users and local authorities but requires a clearly thought out approach, says John Bolton

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Government to introduce national AMHP accreditation system

April 15,2016

Department of Health review concludes national oversight and governance of AMHP services should be introduced in April 2018

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New ADASS president Harold Bodmer

ADASS chief warns against social work being lost in ‘rush to integration’

April 14,2016

Harold Bodmer sets out his priorities as president of the Association of Director of Adult Social Services

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People with learning disabilities are biggest users of Shared Lives schemes. Posed by models. Photo: John Birdsall/REX/Shutterstock

NHS to bankroll development of Shared Lives support for adults in England

April 14,2016

NHS England to provide £1.75m to grow Shared Lives schemes, which allows adults needing support to live with or regularly visit carers

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‘Social care has united to speak truth to power on the risk to services’

April 13,2016

Community Care hears from outgoing Association of Directors of Adult Services president Ray James and his successor Harold Bodmer

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