Tag: Social Care

    Threadbare social care system failing those with dementia as A&E admissions rise

    Threadbare social care system failing those with dementia as A&E admissions rise

    An Alzheimer’s Society investigation has discovered tens of thousands of people with dementia each year are being admitted to A&E because inadequate social care is leaving them unprotected from falls and infections. The investigation, which involved FOI requests to NHS Trusts in England and a survey of frontline paramedics, revealed a sharp rise in emergency […]

    17th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    England could learn lessons from Japan to address social care crisis

    England could learn lessons from Japan to address social care crisis

    The Government can learn important lessons from the Japanese social care system in achieving public buy-in, an easy to navigate system and a strong focus on prevention of loneliness and ill health, experts suggest today.   These are the key findings from the Nuffield Trust report, What can England learn from the long-term care system […]

    9th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Efforts by social care teams to cope with winter pressures highlighted by ADASS

    Efforts by social care teams to cope with winter pressures highlighted by ADASS

    “TEAMWORK MAKES THE DIFFERENCE”: ADASS HIGHLIGHTS EFFORTS OF SOCIAL CARE TEAMS TO COPE WITH WINTER PRESSURES  “Whole system” approaches to care, preventative work to keep people out of hospital, and a flu immunisation programme are just some of the measures taken across the country to pre-empt winter pressures affecting Health and Social Care, the Association […]

    30th January 2018 | By | Reply More
    Councils must meet all assessed care needs says Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

    Councils must meet all assessed care needs says Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

    People who need care should not be asked to choose which of their needs, identified through an assessment, their council should meet, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said. An investigation by the Ombudsman found a man was placed in this situation, incurring him more than £17,000 in costs, by Northamptonshire County Council. […]

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    NHS crisis should incentivise government to fully fund our social care system

    NHS crisis should incentivise government to fully fund our social care system

    This year’s winter health crisis should incentivise government to fully fund our social care system, council leaders urged today.   The Local Government Association, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, said there cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable social care system. Urgent new funding to address the annual social care funding […]

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    Lack of social care funding for those with dementia is an embarrassment and a travesty- Budget 2017

    Lack of social care funding for those with dementia is an embarrassment and a travesty- Budget 2017

    Responding to a lack of funding for social care in today’s budget, Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “The extra money for the NHS is hugely needed, but by neglecting social care the Government is just filling up a bucket with holes in it. “They have ducked an opportunity today – to put […]

    22nd November 2017 | By | Reply More
    As winter approaches disappointment reigns at lack of Government support for social care

    As winter approaches disappointment reigns at lack of Government support for social care

    Responding to the exclusion of social care funding from today’s Autumn Budget, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:   “We are extremely disappointed that the Government has not addressed the need for extra funding for adult social care. This means that this winter and throughout next year […]

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    Damian Green announces Green Paper to lay out plans to reform care and support

    Damian Green announces Green Paper to lay out plans to reform care and support

    The First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, has announced today that the Government will publish a Green Paper on care and support for older people by Summer 2018. The Paper will set out plans for how Government proposes to improve care and support for older people and tackle the […]

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    Social care and local authorities face a ‘perfect storm’ in funding

    Social care and local authorities face a ‘perfect storm’ in funding

    ADASS SURVEY: MORE THAN HALF OF COUNCILS TO OVERSPEND ADULT SOCIAL CARE BUDGETS THIS YEAR AND FACE PAYING TOWARDS A £270m BACKPAY BILL More than half of councils expect to overspend their adult social care budgets this year by up to nearly £21 million each, while all local authorities face having to help pay a […]

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    Could the social care issue bring down government?

    Could the social care issue bring down government?

    Outgoing UKHCA chair Mike Padgham signed off from the organisation with a warning that failing to act on the current crisis in social care could bring down a government. In his last speech to the UKHCA’s Annual General Meeting, after nine years as its chair, Mr Padgham said: “Though they might not realise it yet, […]

    10th October 2017 | By | Reply More
    User and community-owned care poorly understood, new research finds

    User and community-owned care poorly understood, new research finds

    The growing desire for user and community-led approaches to social care is being held back by a lack of understanding of how to make them work, says a report described as a ‘wake-up call’, published today. Read here With social care in need of transformation and political parties focused on finding solutions, the new report […]

    27th July 2017 | By | Reply More
    Additional support for social care providers announced by government today

    Additional support for social care providers announced by government today

    The government today announced it has temporarily suspended enforcement activity and is waiving historic financial penalties against employers concerning sleep-in shift pay in the social care sector. Ministers have worked closely with the sector in response to concerns over the combined impact which financial penalties and arrears of wages could have on the stability and […]

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    ADASS responds to Jeremy Hunt’s written statement on Delayed Transfers of Care

    ADASS responds to Jeremy Hunt’s written statement on Delayed Transfers of Care

    Last night Jeremy Hunt speech on delayed transfers of care confirmed how social care and NHS funding to support integration is to be spent.  He said: ‘I would like to update the House about action we are taking to address delayed discharges from hospital in advance of this winter. Last year there were 2.25 million […]

    4th July 2017 | By | Reply More
    Alzheimer’s Society responds to the Queen’s Speech

    Alzheimer’s Society responds to the Queen’s Speech

    Following the Queen’s speech today, Alzheimer’s Society’s Chief Executive, Jeremy Hughes, welcomes the pledge for a consultation on social care – but warns the promise of a consultation cannot be used to delay action. We urgently need workable solutions to the crisis in dementia care. In a YouGov poll carried out on Wednesday 14 June, […]

    21st June 2017 | By | Reply More
    Alzheimer’s Society warns that ‘dementia tax’ policy must be tackled

    Alzheimer’s Society warns that ‘dementia tax’ policy must be tackled

    Ahead of the Queen’s speech tomorrow, the UK’s leading dementia charity is warning Prime Minister Theresa May that the ‘dementia tax’ must be tackled, as public outrage and fear over the state of social care refuses to abate.    In a YouGov poll carried out on Tuesday 14 June (1), social care came out above […]

    20th June 2017 | By | Reply More
    Chronic social care problems run deeper than zero hours contracts

    Chronic social care problems run deeper than zero hours contracts

    Social care providers have blasted the practice of “zero hours commissioning” by local authorities across Wales.   According to Care Forum Wales, the way domiciliary care was procured and the tendering processes that were unfit for purpose meant that zero hours contracts were the only viable option in many cases.     Even so, the […]

    14th June 2017 | By | Reply More
    Continuous lack of planning in social care puts NHS sustainability in jeopardy

    Continuous lack of planning in social care puts NHS sustainability in jeopardy

    The House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has slammed the ‘short-sightedness’ of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care. The long-term future of the NHS is an increasing public concern, with a record 55% of people saying […]

    5th April 2017 | By | Reply More
    Budget 2017 brings an extra £2bn for social care-Comments

    Budget 2017 brings an extra £2bn for social care-Comments

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his first Budget, which the Treasury says will prepare Britain for a “new chapter” in its history after Brexit. The Local Government Association says councils with responsibility for social care are facing a funding gap of £2.6bn by 2020 and the entire system stands on the “brink of collapse” without an […]

    8th March 2017 | By | Reply More
    What does Nickileaks mean for other social care providers and councils?

    What does Nickileaks mean for other social care providers and councils?

    24 hours and we still haven’t heard exactly how Surrey council have been able to cancel a proposed referendum to hike their council tax by 15 per cent. An amount that the council said was needed to cover the impending gap in social care. Up to Tuesday this was nailed on and it didn’t bode […]

    9th February 2017 | By | Reply More
    As Better Care Fund fails to deliver have lessons been learned for the future?

    As Better Care Fund fails to deliver have lessons been learned for the future?

    “Integrating the health and social care sectors is a significant challenge in normal times, let alone times when both sectors are under such severe pressure. So far, benefits have fallen far short of plans, despite much effort. It will be important to learn from the over-optimism of such plans when implementing the much larger NHS […]

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