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Archive | December, 2011

Lonely this Christmas – campaign to support isolated elderly

Over a million pensioners are facing Christmas alone, according to Dying Matters, the coalition dedicated to designed to improve attitudes to dying and death. Today it is launching a campaign asking people to look out for and call in on older neighbours and relatives who are on their own, particularly those who have been unwell […]

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Council information and advice services damned again – unpublished CQC findings

Findings of fault with councils’ provision of information and advice on care are nothing new (for example) but charity Independent Age thought it worth highlighting unpublished research from the CQC into authorities’ failing in this area.The 2010 study involved 7,500 mystery shopping calls to assess the quality of information and advice given by English councils. […]

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The case for bringing health and social care under one roof

I don’t know how many times I have heard that integrating health and social care does not require structural change – bringing together the provision or commissioning of both under one organisation – and that it is really about culture, shared outcomes and goals and good leadership.Well for a different perspective, read this blog from […]

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Are the Telegraph and Mail right to say care reform is being delayed until 2025?

Is care funding being delayed until 2025? That’s what the Telegraph and the Mail are reporting today, the latter in quite high-pitched terms (“Families betrayed over care funding reform”).Andrew Dilnot, who produced a report for the government on funding reform earlier this year, said he envisaged his proposals – or something like them – could […]

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When will we get it right for adults with multiple needs?

The Centre for Mental Health has a paper out today on the importance of stable and secure housing for offenders with mental health problems leaving prison.It is a good overview of the current policy, research and service delivery content and worth a look if you have a moment. But I was particularly struck by the […]

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Disabled people ask of ministers: Do they know it’s Christmas?

Forgive the image of Bob Geldof but yesterday I received an email in my inbox entitled “Do they know it’s Christmas?”. Instead of this question being asked of victims of famine in Ethiopia by pop stars, it is being asked of ministers by disabled people on the receiving end of cuts to their benefits.A choir […]

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Code bids to fill regulation gap for disability equipment

If you haven’t already done so, it’s worth anyone working with disabled people checking out the new(ish) code of practice for providers of community equipment.Despite an estimated four million people receiving 12 million pieces of equipment each year, and safety and quality issues being so important for service users, there is no system of regulation […]

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Personalisation’s ‘godfather’ on what other countries can learn from England

Personalisation pioneer Simon Duffy (formerly head of In Control, now boss of think-tank the Centre for Welfare Reform) has just published a paper on what other countries can learn from England’s experience of implementing self-directed support. It seems particularly pertinent for Scotland as it seeks to roll out the approach. His key message appears to […]

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David Cameron provides some respite for the CQC

The troubled (to put it mildly) Care Quality Commission has had some respite from its travails as an MPs’ hearing into its effectiveness, due today, has been postponed, reportedly because of David Cameron’s statement on Europe.Chief executive Cynthia Bower was due to face a grilling from the House of Commons public accounts committee, mainly about […]

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Promoting a less “institutional” model of psychiatric care

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui writes about the work of the Cultural Consultation Service, which is more adapted to local populations than current “institutional” models of psychiatric care. Psychiatric care has long been criticised as being too institutionalised, not sufficiently humane and stigmatised by the public.  The Cultural Consultation Service was established in 2010 on the basis […]

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