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Archive | July, 2011

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GSCC registration, the benefits of conduct hearings and judicial interstitial articulation,

by Allan Norman, Principal Social Worker & Solicitor at Celtic Knot (, an independent law firm and social work practice. The Administrative Appeals Chamber (which hears appeals from the Care Standards Tribunal) has just given judgement in its first case involving the General Social Care Council. We brought it. We lost. Why does it matter? […]

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Housing has a vital role to play in social care

by Lord Richard Best, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on housing and care for older people The message to social care professionals from the parliamentary inquiry Living Well at Home is simple: “When you think about social care, think about housing.”  Although the Dilnot Commission has focused the nation’s attention on our ageing society […]

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Sorry guys, your holiday is cancelled: a cautionary social work tale

If councils can sack all their staff and only take them back if they accept a pay cut, then surely they can get away with anything? Former director of community services Blair McPherson imagines a possible future scenario Managers had been highlighting the problem since April but they had cried wolf too many times before for […]

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Dilnot is not perfect but ministers should get on with implementing it

By Melanie Henwood, independent health and social care consultantIt was never likely that the government would accept outright the recommendations of the Dilnot report on funding care and support, but Andrew Lansley’s cautious response in the House of Commons on 4 July gives grounds for concern.  While welcoming the report, the health secretary stated that […]

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Question marks surround Dilnot commission proposals

By Peter Beresford, chair of user-led organisation Shaping Our Lives, and professor of social policy at Brunel University. Much has happened in social care since the Dilnot commission on its future funding, which reports today, was established. We have had the scandals of Southern Cross and Winterbourne View Hospital, damning Equalities and Human Rights Commission […]

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