Dilnot in hypothecated tax warning
The solution to the social care funding crisis should emerge from general taxation and means-testing reforms instead of hypothecated taxes, Sir Andrew Dilnot has warned.
Burnham plans 'as bold as NHS creation'
Greater Manchester’s mayor has heralded a series of health reforms that he claims will be ‘equally as bold as the creation of the NHS’.
Care cash treats the symptoms not the cause of the crisis
Following Matt Hancock's announcement of extra care cash for care, Dr Jonathan Carr-West says the money is not enough to halt the collapse of the system
Health and care inspection regime leaves ‘room for improvement’
The new health and care inspection regime is a ‘significant improvement’ on the previous system, but there is room for improvement, concludes landmark report.
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So the number crunchers have suddenly discovered that our life expectancy has stopped improving for the first time since 1982.
Let’s hear it for ‘good help’
Christina Cornwell argues that budget allocations, delivery targets and outcome measures seldom reflect what is important to people. Prioritising system goals and productivity is what is needed
Integration progress 'slower than anticipated'
Progress on health and social care integration has been ‘much slower than anticipated,’ senior councillors have heard.
Jo Loughran explains how local authorities across England are helping to end mental health stigma, while Tom Riordan discusses why he is so passionate about changing perceptions of mental ill health
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Nothing much happens news-wise in the summer, even Brexit, which is why the papers are so desperate.
Rise of the robots
Recent years have seen an increase in the use of robotics in public services. David Rees outlines some of the latest developments and discusses how they can be deployed ethically and effectively.
A billion ways to help
Shropshire Council is leading the way in the West Midlands in helping solve the health and social care crisis with technology. Andy Begley looks at how ‘the Broseley project’ has helped older residents in particular to improve their lives.
Balancing demand is both a science and an art
Management of demand rejects the idea of cuts to achieve short-term aims, says Donna Hall.
Care worth talking about
An initiative creating new community hubs in York has been an early success, easing the pressure on adult social care services and bringing residents closer together. Martin Farran explains
Council and health board to foot bill for partnership overspend
Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian have shared the burden of a £3.4m overspend on health and care services.
Whiteman urges STPs to set own agenda
Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) should seize the initiative to push forward with their own agenda, a senior sector figure has urged.
A green paper for change
The delay in providing a strategy for social care and wellbeing is impacting not just the care sector, but other key services around the country. To promote discussion the LGA has produced its own green paper looking beyond social care, as Izzi Seccombe explains.
ACOs’ need local flavour
Accountable Care Organisations could help deliver health and social care integration, but if they are to be successful, local government cannot be excluded from the conversation, argues Nathan East.
Better Care Fund stand-off continues
The stand-off between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Better Care Fund (BCF) officials will continue after Smith Square refused to endorse the latest guidance.
Council demands Government funding to complete hospital
Government funding has been demanded to jumpstart a project to build a hospital that stalled after the collapse of Carillion.
Simon Stevens outlines 'opportunity to review' Better Care Fund
The social care green paper and NHS’ 10-year plan provides an ‘opportunity to review’ the Better Care Fund (BCF), NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested.