Adult social care inspections ahead
Whitehall officials are drawing up a controversial adult social care inspections system after the passing of a new law.
Driving towards great social care
Jeremy Cooper says the list of transformational change factors facing directors of adult social services may seem overwhelming, but councils have done a fantastic job at keeping focused on how to deliver great care.
Counting the cost of care in Wiltshire
Wiltshire CC has been considering the potential ‘eye-watering’ cost of implementing the Government’s reforms to adult social care, says Cllr Richard Clewer. It is imperative the council is fully funded to achieve the changes, he adds.
Ministers maintain power over CQC reviews
Ministers have dismissed an attempted challenge from peers to proposed fresh powers over looming reviews of the sector.
Ethnicity data: a vital tool for health
It’s time to take a closer look at how ethnicity is recorded, so that the data can help address the persistent health inequalities experienced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, says Tracey Bignall.
The future of social care remains precarious
The adult social care reform White Paper misses the opportunity to resolve the pressing issues of pay and the funding gap to meet demand, says Amanda Kelly of PA Consulting.
Slough accepts damning SEND report
Watchdogs have demanded action from Slough Council to address ‘significant areas of weakness’ in its services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Making the most from limited funding
Paul Hunt outlines how Bradford City Council’s innovative use of the Government’s pandemic grants has benefitted local care providers – both throughout the pandemic and long-term
SEND children being left behind by council
Children with special educational needs are being left behind by council services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, inspectors have found.
Why choice is crucial
Baroness Claire Fox worries that making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for those working in a Care Quality Commission-registered care home in England is illiberal.
Councils 'broadly support' focus of Health and Care Bill
Councils ‘broadly support’ the focus of the Health and Care Bill introduced into Parliament today on improving the health and wellbeing of the population, says the Local Government Association (LGA).
Lack of ‘clarity’ hampering child protection
Improvements in multi-agency leadership locally and cross-government strategy nationally are required, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have told an inquiry.
Starting from the wrong place?
The first White Paper on NHS reform in nearly a decade confirms England will be covered by statutory integrated care systems. Ann McGauran canvasses local government sector experts on the contents.
Steering care through crisis
The entire care market still faces massive challenges. As part of the National Audit Office investigation into care markets, we brought together some experts to debate the issues. Heather Jameson reports.
Redesign services for a COVID era, says CQC chief
The chief executive of the Care Quality Commission has called for services to be redesigned for a ‘COVID era’ that could last for many years.
Reading refuses to send COVID-19 patients to care homes
Reading Council is to defy a Government order to provide care home places for Covid-19 positive patients.
Advocacy services remain crucial despite COVID pressures
Councils must ensure social care providers understand that the legal obligations to refer to advocacy services remain fully in place during COVID, says Jonathan Senker.
Government prepares care homes for coronavirus surge
Councils will be asked to ‘take strong action’ against care homes that ignore new restrictions on movement as part of the Government’s winter plan for the sector.
A perfect storm for care homes
Councils must now strategically invest in services to help people stay in their own homes and negotiate jointly with their NHS partners to play a bigger role in modern nursing homes, says Iain MacBeath.
Criticised council makes SEND investment
Bristol City Council has pledged to spend £29m on capital works to boost services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).