Social care demand strategies criticised
Poor support and rapid hospital discharge processes for adult social care could be costing councils more in the long-term, according to a new report by the Institute of Public Care (IPC).
The Government must recognise the value of social workers
It is not what is in the Government’s new social work advice note that trouble’s Blair McPherson. It is what is absent from it.
Instilling positivity in staff will drive results
Nicola Bulbeck explains how Teignbridge DC is motivating its staff in a bid to boost outcomes.
Virgin Care sues Surrey CC over ‘flawed’ deal
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care Services is suing Surrey CC over the procurement process of a children’s services contract.
Councils are braced for NHS cash raid
Local government is bracing itself for a NHS cash grab as it battles for influence over how to spend the extra £2bn for social care.
‘Ambitious’ health integration plans look to be ‘scaled back’
The Government has scaled back on achieving full health and social care integration by 2020, it has been claimed.
Ringfenced grant will help bridge gap
Failing to acknowledge deprivation levels and the health of the pop-ulation when devising the business rates redistribution formula will amplify inequalities, the chief executive of the Association of Directors of Public Health has warned.
Collaborative working is the key
In response to an article in The MJ last week calling for councils to take control of the health service, NHS Providers’ Saffron Cordery argues that structural changes are not the answer.
The Budget reaffirms the need for fiscal freedom
Bob Neill examines the details of the chancellor’s Budget and looks at why local government needs more fiscal devolution.
Capital health devo deal delayed
Plans to announce further health devolution to London this week have been pushed back by Number 10, The MJ understands.
Put local government in control of the NHS
It’s time for a big bang approach to solve a health and care system on the brink. George Jones and John Stewart argue the case for handing the NHS to local government.
It's all a bit complicated
Lawrence Conway recounts some recent conversations about the complexity of local government structures.
Give our councils control over the health service
Control of the health service should be wrestled from the NHS and handed to local government to improve its running, a pair of academics has argued.
CCG deal may create conflicts
Council officers taking leadership roles in a pioneering partnership with a clinical commissioning group could be forced to back controversial decisions their own authority opposes.
All roads lead to the devolution solution
Heather Jameson examines a raft of new reports which all point towards one thing.
Radical action is now needed
Local government must be prepared to support radical decisions, including controversial hospital closures, if they are to meet future demands, writes Ed Parker.
An emergency shot in the arm for local health and care
However controversial, reconfiguring hospitals is the right policy direction to resurrect health and social care, writes Robert Pollock. But policy is only credible if backed up by the resources and capability to deliver it.
Ellerby bags new Croydon role
Croydon LBC has announced the appointment of Julian Ellerby to the borough’s new director of strategy and partnerships role.
STP fears as bosses ‘not confident’ about delivery
Fresh concerns about sustainability and transformation plans (STP) have been raised after a survey found senior council figures lacked the confidence they will deliver on social care.
Public service plans raise ‘significant’ concerns
A row has broken out between Lancashire CC and local NHS bodies after ‘significant concerns’ were raised about controversial public service transformation proposals.