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.
HEALTH MJ: Patients ready for discharge ‘could be three times higher than NHS figures suggest’
The number of patients unable to be discharged from hospital although medically well could be significantly higher than NHS figures show, according to a study by an independent body.
HEALTH MJ: Better training needed for social care workforce post-Brexit, says report
Training and working standards in the care sector need to be improved if it is to attract more UK workers and avoid labour shortages post-Brexit, says a leading social policy think-tank.
HEALTH MJ: Joint complaints service ‘is a sticking plaster’
Wholesale reform of the way complaints about the health and care sectors are handled is vital if it is to fully reflect integration, says a joint report from the local government and health service ombudsmen.
Council cuts could scupper transformation
Whitehall’s failure to fund local government could scupper ‘ambitious’ NHS plans to transform health and care, according to a new report by The King’s Fund.
West Midlands looking to thrive
The world is watching as the West Midlands Combined Authority paves the way for major mental health strategies. Norman Lamb explains how local leaders can make internationally significant changes.
A successful path
John Jory explains how Reigate & Banstead BC is working with the private sector to improve the health of its residents and generate extra income
NAO warns ‘2020 deadline for integrated care at risk’
The Government’s aim of fully integrated health and social care by 2020 is at ‘significant risk,’ the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
Directors call for £1bn emergency funding
Councils could fail to meet to meet their statutory duties without ‘emergency’ government funding of £1bn, adult social care directors have warned.
EXCLUSIVE: Lack of confidence in adult social care strategy exposed
The true scale of feeling across local government about the escalating social care crisis is revealed by the results of an exclusive survey.
Directors' 'grave concerns' on underfunding
Some 45 former directors of social services have called on the Government to put more resources into the care sector.
Remodelling care for the digital age
Jos Creese makes the case for scaling up local digital care solutions while avoiding a repeat of the mistakes of the past
Time for a new age-related tax to fund social care
The finance settlement did not ward off calls to adequately fund social care. Michael Burton says it is time for the Government to bite the bullet and implement a new tax.
Reimagining health and social care
Prevention, innovation and integration have been touted as the route to relieving social care pressures, but an overhaul of leadership and governance is also vital. Mark Rogers outlines his proposals for transforming the health and care system.
Gill Steward explains how Bexley LBC’s services for older and disabled adults will enable them to feel part of the wider community and not merely patients in the health and social care system
Mental health reforms may be derailed by cuts
Cuts to council-provided support services could pose a barrier to the prime minister’s flagship mental health reforms, according to a leading health think-tank.
‘Beef up wellbeing boards to aid health and care policy’
Powers should be devolved to ‘beefed up’ health and wellbeing boards to bolster and consolidate leadership and governance, the former president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) has argued.
Sturgeon announces transformation cash
Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans to spend an extra £107m to help integrate health and social care services.
Looming elections raise doubts over use of social care precept
A half-a-billion pound ‘black hole’ in adult social care budgets could be created because of looming council elections in May, according to new research.
WLGA chief warns of council mergers
The chief executive of the Welsh Local Government Association has warned that the rising cost of social care could force some councils to merge.