Editorial comment: A positive new approach

As you’ve probably guessed by now, this week we unveil a redesigned Community Care. The magazine has gained a fresh new look, and fresh new approach.

Community Care is still going to provide all the latest news, analysis and opinion that you’ve come to expect, but it’s going to offer you a whole lot more.

It doesn’t just look better – we’ve made it a lot easier for you to find relevant information. While we feel it’s important for the magazine to continue representing the whole profession, we will now be running separate sections dedicated to the children’s and adults’ sectors. And they’re colour-coded to make them easier to find when flicking through the magazine.

Following extensive research into your information needs, we’re also striving to offer more practical support for our readers in their working lives. Week-in-week-out our new sections will be packed with practice-based articles offering insight into challenging cases, innovative projects and new ways of working.

Community Care can help you navigate through change in social care. We’ll be forward-looking in our approach – championing good social work, and challenging injustice. And we will facilitate professional debate, let readers raise and share problems – either in the magazine or online – and develop solutions together.

People are also starting to look for their information differently and increasingly going online. The magazine is now better linked with www.communitycare.co.uk, which provides a daily, interactive information service.

Community Care will also campaign for your rights or those of your service users, bringing them to national attention if necessary. On this page, we’ve listed a range of pressing issues facing the profession and we want you to tell us which are the most important for us to campaign on. And on the facing page we tackle bureaucracy.

It’s clear that to, achieve all this, we’re going to need your support. We’ve had a great relationship with you over the years but we need to reinvigorate it.

There’s unprecedented interest in social care at the ­moment. And we’re convinced that there’s a role for ­Community Care in fostering best practice and demonstrating the real value that social care offers. I hope you like the new-look magazine. Let us know – we really value your feedback.

We’re confident that a refreshed Community Care can make a real difference and I hope we can count on your support in delivering it.

  Mike Broad

Tell us what you think of the redesign by e-mailing mike.broad@rbi.co.uk  

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