‘Significant areas of weakness’ found in Stockton’s SEND provision
Watchdogs have criticised the pace of improvements in provision for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in Stockton-on-Tees.
EXCLUSIVE: Call for inspection pause in case of Brexit hit
Council chiefs have urged Whitehall to be ready to ease pressures on the sector for up to six months if Brexit threatens to stretch capacity.
EXCLUSIVE: Government must 'step up' on adult social care
The council ranked the best at delivering most for the money it spends on adult social care has called on the Government to ‘step up’.
Top 10 adult care councils
Building on the ranking tables included in iMPOWER’s report Which Councils Are Best?, Jeremy Cooper reveals the 10 councils achieving most for the money they spend on adult social care.
Public audit will soon need a spring clean
John Tizard and David Walker make the case for a new way of auditing how public money is spent that uses evidence before spending decisions are made - and includes a new office of the '3Es' (efficiency, effectiveness and equity).
CQC appoints new adult care chief
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed Kate Terroni as chief inspector of adult social care.
Collaboration is key in delivering the SEND reforms – a reflection on inspection
Organisations in Milton Keynes were described by Ofsted and the CQC as ‘united in their ambition for children and young people with SEND to achieve the very best outcomes’. Caroline Marriott reflects on the inspection.
Allied Healthcare winds up council contracts
A major care services provider is winding up all its contracts with local authorities after the regulator warned it was about to go bust.
Regulator warning amid care provider concerns
More than 80 councils have been warned that they may have to pick up the pieces if Allied Healthcare goes bust.
Watchdog calls for NHS and care funds to be pooled
Increased social care funding is the only way to relieve pressure on hospitals, local government leaders warned after a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report today found that pressure on A&E departments is increasing due to a lack of integration.
CQC adult care chief leaves to head nursing watchdog
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) chief inspector of adult social care will leave in the New Year.
Brum vows to improve SEND after critical report
Birmingham City Council has vowed to take urgent action to make ‘significant improvements’ after a special educational needs and disabilities inspection (SEND).
Council struggling on SEN and disabilities
Worcestershire CC is struggling to provide a sufficient quality of service to children with special needs and disabilities, according to inspectors.
CQC appoints new chief to replace Behan
The Care Quality Commission has appointed Ian Trenholm as its new chief executive.
Councils plan in case of Allied collapse
Around 150 local authorities are shoring up their contingency plans after homecare provider Allied Healthcare attempted to agree a rescue plan with its creditors.
ADASS: DToC focus has consequences
The focus on delayed transfers of care compromises a strategic approach, a Care Quality Commission (CQC) official has warned.
Behan to step down from CQC
Directors of adult social services have thanked Sir David Behan for his service after he announced he was stepping down from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Social care directors in honours list
Social services directors featured prominently in the New Year’s Honours List.
Social care spending rises by £556m
Spending by councils on social care rose by £556m in 2016/17 to £17.5bn - the first time it has risen in real terms since 2009/10, new figures have shown.
Adult care talks snubbed as tensions grow in sector
A sector offer to help build cross-party consensus on the way forward for adult social care has been snubbed by the two main political parties, The MJ can reveal.