Health and Care Integration
Councils call for procurement freedom
Removal of red tape during the COVID-19 pandemic has shown what can be done, officers have told the House of Lords' Public Services Committee.
Connecting up for care and wellbeing
New remote monitoring approaches in London should enable care home residents and those living with long-term conditions in their own housing to get the healthcare they need, says Fay Sibley.
Call for council powers over school exclusions
Relations between schools and councils dominated an evidence-gathering session of the House of Lords' Public Services Committee.
Call for tax hike to fund social care
A commission led by The Lancet and London School of Economics has argued for a 1p increase to income tax, National Insurance and VAT to enable annual funding increases of 4%.
'Health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs'
Lord Nigel Crisp says coalitions of local interest have a vital role when it comes to improving lives. Councils as guardians of places will always have a key part to play, ‘whatever the future arrangements for managing health and social care’.
Social care ‘unfinished business’ for Tories
Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said reform of the adult social care system is regarded as ‘unfinished business’ by the current government.
Welcome to ‘the Age of Intermediate Care’
An additional £1.3bn in COVID emergency funding last March ‘jump-started’ Intermediate Care, say Iain MacBeath and Ralph Cook. If this focus continues the results would be game-changing, they add.
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.
Whole-system commissioning during the pandemic
Ewan King and Naheed Chaudhry look at how discharge to assess has placed strain on relationships between councils and hospitals during COVID-19 – and at how to rebuild a health partnership with the NHS.
Social care at the crossroads ...again
The integration White Paper leaves questions unanswered on how the duty of councils and the NHS to collaborate would work in practice, says CIPFA’s health and social care policy manager Eleanor Roy.
Fears over public health 'fragmentation'
The Government’s overhaul of public health has raised fears of a ‘fragmentation’ of the system among councils.
HMJ: Place-based working is here to stay
Ewan King considers whether the Health and Care White Paper will really be the key to unleashing greater integration and collaboration between local government and the NHS.
Will COVID be the catalyst for change?
Simon Bottery argues there is overwhelming evidence to show that people ‘want a better, fairer social care system – and COVID-19 has brutally exposed the failings of the current one’. Will this tip the balance towards reform?
Public health professionals warn against ‘top-down domination’
The Government’s new approach to public health must be locally-led, experts have said.
The White Paper recognises coterminosity makes a strategic difference
Abdool Kara asks if the lessons of Lansley will be learned, 'especially the making-redundant-then-rehiring of health professionals strategy that cost the public purse dearly in 2011?'
Future Forum North: New Integrated Care Systems must 'put places first'
Proposals for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) must ensure money flows are owned in local areas, a local government chief executive has said.
Leaders voice fears over White Paper
Council leaders have expressed concern over the role local government will have under health and care White Paper proposals.
Local scrutiny should stay embedded in the local community
Local scrutiny can and must play an ongoing and supportive role relating to the Secretary of State’s new powers as outlined in the recent white paper for NHS and social care reform, says Ed Hammond.
Health and care White Paper sends 'wrong message'
Further regulation and intervention will not improve social care, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Post pandemic public purse propositions
Mike Bennett and Tim Byles outline a holistic and strategic approach on post pandemic public spending in order to navigate the dangers ahead.