COVID-19: Hertfordshire’s support for care sector provides confidence for the future
Iain MacBeath explains how Hertfordshire CC has stepped in to offer certainty and support to the care sector during COVID-19 – ‘doing the right thing by our care workers’.
Lack of vital worker protection ‘shameful’
Local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, has demanded that local government workers get access to crucial personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the coronavirus crisis.
Keeping care going in a pandemic
We must use the adult social care sector’s 'magnificent' response to the coronavirus pandemic as categorical evidence as to how our future should be modelled and funded, says Dr Carol Tozer.
Care sector unprepared for coronavirus ‘struggle’
Emergency measures have not gone far enough to ready the social care sector for the impact of coronavirus, experts have warned.
Inspectors loosen their policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have put mandatory routine inspections on hold in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 15 strongest performing councils in adult social care have been highlighted in IMPOWER’s latest productivity INDEX. Ralph Cook looks at the results.
EXCLUSIVE: Rutland named strongest performer in adult social care index
Rutland CC has been named the strongest performer in adult social care using refined productivity metrics.
Making the case for a bigger cake
Darryl Eyers explains why four local professional associations have come together alongside the LGA to make a collective case to Government for the right long-term resources
Councils under ministerial pressure over winter care funding
Ministers have piled pressure on councils to maintain winter funding for home care packages, hours of care and care home placements as bed blocking increases.
Better reform for better lives
Social care is being addressed as a priority in Number 10. President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Julie Ogley talks to Ann McGauran about what she hopes will emerge.
Clear leadership from the government is needed on public health
Wellbeing should be built into the fabric of Government decision-making when it comes to both policy-making and funding allocation - and it is time for a multi-year funding settlement for public health, says Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy.
‘We cannot keep relying on one-off emergency funding’
Those of us who rely on social care, care for family members who do, or will need care and support in the future, need three things from the new Government, says ADASS president Julie Ogley.
Social care needs funding solutions ‘for the short, medium and long-term’
Solace spokesperson for wellbeing Paul Najsarek responds to the findings of the ADASS autumn survey that revealed 90% of respondents had ‘some concerns about, or insufficient capacity to manage’, winter pressures.
Nine in 10 care directors concerned at winter pressures
More than 90% of adult care directors are concerned at their ability to cope with winter pressures or provider failure, a survey has found.
We are forced to 'eke out too little to too many people' says social care chief
Too many social workers, managers and councillors 'are having to make invidious decisions to eke out too little to too many people whose needs are increasing' says social care chief Julie Ogley.
York’s rural champions
North Yorkshire CC has launched an independent rural commission, believed to be the first of its kind, to give a fresh perspective on the challenges faced by its deeply rural communities. Heather Jameson takes a look.
Providing a clear picture of care
By bringing financial and care quality data together to be accessed in one place in real-time, 11 councils are reaping the benefits of a regional collaboration. Iain MacBeath explains.
Let’s make a collective effort
Julie Ogley argues that we need to take a wider view that puts the focus on the integration of adult social care with all other key public services.
A journey starts with a single step
Places like North Yorkshire have never been well funded by governments, according to Richard Webb. He says we will need to see the final departmental settlement detail of the spending round announcements, but at first look the news is very welcome.
Preventing the EU’s workforce exodus
What could the implications of a no-deal Brexit - if it happens - be for the already beleaguered adult social care system? Ann McGauran talks to Julie Ogley, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, about the key risks.