Innovation keeps the wheels on social care

Innovation keeps the wheels on social care
By Paul Marinko | November 30, 2023

With no prospects of long-term funding solutions, social care teams are having to focus on creative initiatives and partnership working – and the Autumn Statement has added to the pressure. Paul Marinko reports.

  • Progressive planning frontiers

    By Sean Benstead | November 27, 2023

    The origins of the English planning system can be traced to an increased awareness of the role of the built environment in public health outcomes which came to the fore in the 1870s, following decades of cholera epidemics in cities and London’s [..]

  • Fulfilling a crucial role for children

    By Ann McGauran | November 27, 2023

    As directors of children’s services prepare to attend the National Children and Adult Services Conference, Ann McGauran assesses the challenges and rewards of this important role

  • Peer reviews: The heat is on

    November 20, 2023

    Is corporate peer review a robust enough way to predict the risks of a future section 114 or is it just one improvement tool in a system of assurance? Dan Peters examines the evidence.

  • Public services out in the cold

    By Michael Burton | November 27, 2023

    There was little joy for under-pressure public sector budgets including local government from last week’s Autumn Statement as Michael Burton reports.


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