Ray James: My priorities as NHS learning disabilities director
Having been seconded from a London borough to the NHS to become the first national learning disability director, Ray James sets out his priorities.
ADASS: Green paper to 'jump-start' care finance debate
This summer's social care green paper will 'jump-start' the debate on making the sector financially sustainable, minister Caroline Dinenage has pledged.
LGA seeks cash to defend legal claim
The Local Government Association (LGA) is seeking financial support from across the sector as it prepares for a legal fight with NHS trusts over rates relief.
Councils told to be on guard post-Salisbury
Council bosses have been warned to weigh-up risks of fresh attacks from ‘hostile states’ following the Salisbury poisonings.
Devolution warning for boroughs
London boroughs have been warned they have a ‘relatively brief window of opportunity’ to influence health and social care devolution to the capital.
IFS implores action over growing social care funding chasm
The Government will need to scrap its funding reforms, significantly boost top-ups or centralise care if it is to plug the social care funding gap, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned today.
Hunt hints at green paper contents
Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has said a debate with the public is needed about where funding should come from in future.
One Croydon Alliance is showing results
Croydon's One Alliance has transformed the way agencies work to reduce hospital admissions and improve older people's quality of life. Cllr Louisa Woodley explains.
Fears raised over £2bn emergency care fund 'crisis spending'
Most emergency social care cash has been spent on tackling immediate crises, a new study has found.
Multi-disciplinary teams are at the heart of effective integrated care
Ewan King explains the importance of multi-disciplinary teams to effective integration, arguing that without them, organisations are unlikely to deliver better care outcomes.
'Patchy' engagement between health and care sectors, new report finds
The NHS finds it difficult to fully engage with local authorities when trying to integrate health and social care services, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
Councils not held to account for commissioning social care, claims MP
Local authorities are not being held to account for the way they spend Government money on social care, a Public Accounts Committee member has claimed.
Can charities bridge the health divide?
Dan Corry argues that local authorities can collaborate more closelywith the third sector to deliver better health services for their communities
Don't ignore us, councils tell social care review
Senior councillors have criticised a key review of social care and the NHS for failing to take into account their views ahead of the crucial green paper.
Rates relief row comes to court
The dispute between councils and NHS trusts over business rates relief has flared up again after proceedings were issued in the High Court.
£10m for Welsh councils to manage social care pressures
Councils in Wales will be given £10m to manage social care winter pressures, the Welsh Government has confirmed.
Academics highlight recruitment and retention problems
Councils require greater clarity over how their social care market-shaping and commissioning duties should be used to ensure a sustainable workforce, new research has suggested.
Judge's warnings over care proceedings
Councils should ‘think long and hard’ before embarking on care proceedings against ‘otherwise unimpeachable’ parents disputing care packages for gravely ill children, a judge has warned.
Health funding wasted on short-term bailouts, watchdog warns
Extra health and social care funding is being used to tackle short-term pressures rather than long-term transformation, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
Council leaders welcome decrease in delayed transfers
Council leaders have welcomed a reduction in the number of days patients who are ready to be discharged are left in hospital due to a lack of suitable care.