Call for greater focus on culture change in integration drive
Huge cultural and behavioural differences between health and care need more consideration, consultancy Impower has urged.
Councils in fresh NHS warning
The Local Government Association (LGA) has issued a fresh warning that the NHS must not forget councils as it embarks on its Long Term Plan.
Don’t play the hokey-cokey with health
Local government has turned public health around despite funding cuts. Now it not the time to think about returning the service to the NHS, argues Nathan Elvery.
Social care precept 'avoided catastrophe'
The introduction of the social care precept ‘avoided catastrophe’ but the sector still faces a funding gap of at least £15bn, a senior figure told The MJ’s Future Forum today.
If empowered, councils can achieve much more on public health
Rather than seeking to downgrade the role of public health within local authorities we should be seeking to enhance it, says Nathan Elvery.
Prevention in its own right
Jim McManus lays out an analysis and narrative that puts councils at the core of the preventative vision.
Government must redesign immigration policy to fill care vacancies - think-tanks
The Government should ‘go back to the drawing board’ to redesign a visa system that encourages overseas workers to fill the 110,000 social care vacancies, a report today has urged.
NHS organisations label social care funding a 'national disgrace'
The state of social care has been branded a 'national scandal and disgrace’ by a coalition of medics.
Hold on to public health
Shifting public health functions to councils has led to ‘clear progress and tangible success,’ says Cllr David Williams - and he warns it would be a retrograde step if NHS England took back some elements of commissioning.
Where are we on health?
One big shift in the NHS Long Term Plan, even if not generously funded, is the full-on embracing of social prescribing, says Dan Corry. He believes it has the potential to have a big impact on people’s health.
Counties in NHS grab warning
Councils have warned the NHS not to grab back responsibility for key public health services.
Don't ignore the work of the districts on social prescribing
When announcing new social prescribers the Government ignored the progress being made in district councils and has created a parallel competing bureaucracy, says Cllr John Fuller.
Devolution is the key to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan
Now is the time for local government, combined authorities and mayors to work with the NHS, says Phil Hope - to go beyond the ambition in the long-term plan and build a fully devolved integrated community-based health and social care system.
NHS sustainability 'very difficult' without a long-term social care settlement
A series of significant National Audit Office reports on local services have emerged so far this year - and it is the most recent one on NHS financial sustainability that might have the greatest impact on local government, says Abdool Kara
Council cuts threaten NHS plan
Cuts in council social care and public health budgets threaten the viability of the ambitious NHS Long Term Plan, care chiefs have warned.
Ministers accused of 'irrational policy-making'
Ministers have been accused of irrational policy-making by funding prevention in the NHS while forcing councils to focus on acute statutory services.
London's adult social care services need a long term solution too
Making a success of the NHS Long Term Plan and providing high-quality care to Londoners all depends on the resilience of adult social care over the next decade, according to Ray Puddifoot
Where do councils fit into the NHS plan?
Last week’s publication of the NHS Long Term Plan signals a fundamental shift towards community-based services and a focus on reducing health inequalities. Michael Burton looks at its implications for local government
NHS long term plan only offers part of the solution
Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board Ian Hudspeth says until social care is fully funded and public health budget cuts reversed, pumping funding into the NHS continues to be the same as 'pouring water into a sink with no plug in it'.
Early intervention’s not enough without funding
There will never be enough money for the behemoth that is the NHS - and the real under-funding is in the local government services it so covets, according to Heather Jameson