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15-minute care visits: an indignity that should be banned or a ‘fully justified’ commissioning practice?

Adults’ services directors have today issued a stout defence of at least some 15-minute home care visits ahead of a vote on banning them on the grounds of indignity. As charity Leonard Cheshire Disability stepped up its campaign for a ban and with peers set to discuss putting such a prohibition into law, the Association […]

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Support programme for registered care managers launched

Just to let you know that the National Skills Academy for Social Care’s programme of support for registered managers in adult social care formally launches today. As we reported last month, the programme will include four elements: Funded support to help managers network with each other locally and regionally through events and regular meetings to […]

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Managers challenged to meet new dementia standards

Do you recruit staff on the basis of their values as well as their skills? Are opportunities to develop ongoing and embedded in supervision and appraisal? Do you do life story work with all your clients with dementia? Do you have an effective relationship with the families of people with dementia based on sharing information […]

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Care bill debate: national care threshold likely to be at substantial level

I’ve just been listening to the latest evidence session of the parliamentary committee to scrutinise the Draft Care and Support Bill – which is designed to clarify, codify and modernise the law on adult social care in England in a single statute. So it’s pretty important (and will also apparently save social workers 20 to […]

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Book review: ‘The psychology of ageing: an introduction’

This inspiring and remarkably well structured book will suit practitioners, students and trainees looking to gain a deeper and more detailed insight into the ageing process, writes social worker Brid Joy. ‘The psychology of ageing’ explores both existing research and contemporary practice around the psychology of ageing, allowing the reader to get a real picture […]

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Equality watchdog to quiz councils on care commissioning

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to quiz councils in England on their commissioning of home care, through a survey due to go out this month. The review comes one year after the report of the equality watchdog inquiry into home care, which found widespread human rights breaches, driven in part by commissioning practices that […]

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Figures show big cuts in social work support – but what’s the reality?

Huge changes in service provision need to be interpreted, not just recorded, writes Gordon Carson. The need for better and more appropriate data collection in adult social care was highlighted last week in a progress report from Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care, and in an interview this week by the chair of its board, […]

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Can peer pressure end care-by-the-minute commissioning?

One of the headline pledges from the government’s social care White Paper was to “rule out crude contracting by the minute [of home care] which can undermine dignity and choice” (page 36). But while care providers everywhere hailed the end, they raised significant concerns about the proposed means: not legislation, regulation or guidance, but identifying and spreading […]

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‘Care-by-the-minute culture should be tackled in residential as well as home care’

Government plans to end time-limited home care slots are welcome so long as they are effectively enforced and a similar approach is taken to residential care, says Sheila Scott, chief executive of the National Care Association. It was certainly good news when the government announced in its plans in this summer’s social care White Paper […]

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Balancing reform and continuity in the age of austerity

Perhaps the most difficult task facing councils in their management of local adult social care systems is balancing the need to reform and reshape services, while continuing to serve those in great needs on declining budgets. A sustainable system for the future can only be achieved by doing all you can to keep people who […]

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