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‘Good supervision key to making integrated health and social care teams work’

Effective supervision and freedom from bureaucracy will help professionals in new integrated teams in deliver joined-up care for service users in Staffordshire, says Stuart Poynor On 1 July, 28 integrated local teams of district nurses, community matrons and social care staff went live in Staffordshire. This was the culmination of a journey to providing joined-up […]

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Safe staffing and ending the blame culture – can Obama adviser’s proposals for NHS work in social care?

Another day, another government-commissioned review into improving quality and safety in the NHS. Following in the footsteps of Robert Francis (February 2013), Camilla Cavendish (July 2013) and Bruce Keogh (July 2013) comes former Obama healthcare adviser Don Berwick’s report today on improving patient safety. (Please excuse the gratuitous picture of the President). Oh for a similar level […]

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Are all learning disabled people in Winterbourne-style hospitals being supported to leave them?

Under the government’s Winterbourne View concordat, councils and NHS commissioners pledged to identify people with learning disabilities or autism and ‘challenging behaviour’ placed in hospital settings, review their needs and support them to move back into the community by June 2014. However, two reports published in the past few weeks have created confusion over how […]

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‘The NHS must end culture of self-regulation and stop evading adult safeguarding’

Safeguarding board chair Pete Morgan responds to a post earlier this month on whether adult safeguarding practitioners are too soft on the NHS. He argues that this is the wrong question; rather, we must ask how some parts of the NHS manage to circumvent adult safeguarding procedures. As an adult safeguarding practitioner, I don’t think […]

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Are adult safeguarding practitioners too soft on the NHS?

  We seem to be talking more and more about the risks of poor care, bordering on neglect or even abuse, of vulnerable adults in the NHS, following the Francis inquiry report into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. But adult safeguarding interventions are conspicuous by their absence in mainstream discussions about how you prevent or address […]

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Making sense of what’s going on with personal health budgets

This post is, more than anything, to help me make sense of what’s going on with personal health budgets (PHBs) at the moment, hence the photo. Not only is it an area that I’m pretty ignorant about but there has been a torrent of publications on the topic in recent days so I thought it […]

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Jeremy Hunt speech leaves social care in the shadow of NHS

I’ve just listened to Jeremy Hunt’s speech to the National Children and Adult Services Conference – his first big social care speech since becoming health secretary. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t offer social care a pot of gold or announce any grand shifts in thinking (the one announcement – £50m to make care homes and hospitals more […]

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Practice lessons for social workers from Winterbourne View

So the verdict on what happened at Winterbourne View has been delivered through the serious case review (SCR) published on Tuesday, alongside separate reviews on the roles of NHS commissioners and the Care Quality Commission. But what were the chief practice lessons for social workers? Where was the social work? Social workers performed two key roles in […]

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Why we want to place social workers in GP surgeries

Placing social workers in GP surgeries has the potential to reduce bureaucracy and improve care, says Surrey Council’s strategic director for adult social care, Sarah Mitchell. That’s why the authority plans  to do this. There is much talk about integrating health and social care and sometimes there is an implication that this will cure all […]

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NHS can save money by ensuring a safe discharge for homeless

It’s in the NHS’s interest to ensure homeless hospital patients are discharged into suitable accommodation, a task in which hospital social workers can play a key part, says Helen Mathie, policy manager at Homeless Link. It’s 9pm on a Friday night. There’s a man in the bed at the end of the ward. He’s been […]

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