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Archive | September, 2011

Rubbish priorities: £250m for bins and no more for care

Since introducing its deficit reduction plan the government has been keen to stress that its priority in making cuts was to protect the vulnerable.Judged against this ambition, today’s announcement from communities secretary Eric Pickles of a £250m fund to help councils reintroduce or maintain weekly bin collections (plus some other stuff to promote recycling) seems […]

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Scie video on safeguarding adults in care homes

The Social Care Institute for Excellence has produced a video on safeguarding adults in care homes.It’s worth a look if you have time. It has some good practice from a home in Leeds, where all staff have safeguarding training and supervision sessions on safeguarding, and any issues of concern, such as unexplained bruising, are recorded […]

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Social work role in first mental health tribunal held in public

Albert Haines, a man held in secure hospitals for 25 years has become the first psychiatric patient to have an appeal against his detention heard in public.Currently in Broadmoor high-secure hospital, psychiatrists say he is a danger to the public.What’s not been widely reported is the key role social workers have played in assessing Haines […]

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Bloomin’ lovely as former homeless volunteers win gardening award

A combination of volunteers from homelessness charity St Mungo’s and an area improvement agency are celebrating after winning a London in Bloom award.The Putting Down Roots volunteers (some of whom are pictured left) and Team London Bridge won the Capital Growth category for their work transforming the gardens at Melior Street in Bermondsey. The partnership […]

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Maintaining dignity a matter of “leadership, consistency and common sense”, says Adass

“Insufficient Staff with appropriate qualifications, experience or expertise e.g. chefs/cooks”“Lack of staff training to meet specialist or diverse dietary needs”“Insufficient staffing levels in care homes/hospitals or lack of volunteer schemes to embed hospital ‘Red Tray & Red Jug’ system for assistance with eating/drinking at mealtimes.”These are three reasons that contribute to failure according to the […]

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Mother dies after death of daughter and only carer

There’s a sad story from Oxford about a bed-ridden 94-year-old woman who died after her daughter and only carer had a seizure and died.Neither used social services and both appear from the story to have been well-known within the community so a key message from the local carers group is the need for carers to […]

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Should people have a right to preventive services?

This question is posed in a blog post by Alex Fox, chief executive of small providers body Naaps and the man chosen to help shape the government’s thinking on preventive services as part of its engagement process ahead of next year’s White Paper. He makes the compelling point that people can individually claim an entitlement […]

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Can you find a home for Sharne the dog?

I’ve been contacted via Twitter about Sharne the dog, the fine looking German Shepherd pictured above, whose owner has gone into residential care in the Leeds area. Unfortunately the care home aren’t able to take the dog and so a new adopter is needed before 3rd October or Sharne will be put to sleep. Apparently a local adopter […]

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Help frontline care workers have their say on social care reform

As we all know the Department of Health is not always famed for its use of accessible language and it’s met expectations with its consultation document “Caring for our future“.This is the engagement document launched by the government to inform its future social care white paper, in which it asked for the sector’s views. However […]

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