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Social care joins together to tackle over-medication

Social care joins together to tackle over-medication

The social care sector is joining together to stop the over-medication of people with a learning disability or autism who use care services in England. The campaign, supported by NHS England, is today encouraging all learning disability providers to sign up to a new pledge called STOMP (or STopping the Over-Medication of People with a […]

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Political parties must make a commitment to social care and the people it supports

Political parties must make a commitment to social care and the people it supports

With six weeks to go before the general election on 8 June, VODG is calling on political parties to put human rights, social care funding and the workforce at the heart of their manifesto commitments.   Election campaigns must also be accessible to disabled people, argues VODG – the national charity that represents leading not-for-profit […]

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to measure the Brexit-related risks and opportunities facing social care providers

How to measure the Brexit-related risks and opportunities facing social care providers

With Brexit set to dominate the snap general election, VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) is today launching a new resource to help social care providers assess the risks and opportunities facing the sector.             Brexit: risk register and mitigation plan for social care providers, has been developed with VODG […]

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Care providers must involve people they support in designing new digital solutions

Care providers must involve people they support in designing new digital solutions

Care providers must involve people they support in designing new digital solutions   A new report outlines how health and social care providers must collaborate with users of services when designing apps, websites and other digital technologies.   The publication from VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) in partnership with the National Care Forum, Co-producing technology: […]

April 18, 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 […]

March 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Failure to invest in social care will leave many without support

Failure to invest in social care will leave many without support

Put social care funding back on track says leading voluntary group   Professor Rhidian Hughes chief executive of VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) said:   “An estimated 1.9 million people use adult social care services in England alone. We urge the Chancellor to take heed of the report from the Communities and Local Government […]

March 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
New report sets out why dementia and learning disabilities needs better representation in policy, practice and research

New report sets out why dementia and learning disabilities needs better representation in policy, practice and research

People with learning disabilities are five times more likely than those in the general population to develop dementia*. Today a partnership of voluntary sector organisations launch a new report calling for the needs of people with learning disabilities and dementia to be better addressed.   Dementia has never had such a high profile. The Prime […]

January 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
New report sets out ways to reduce the disability employment gap

New report sets out ways to reduce the disability employment gap

A new report published calls for more practical solutions to close the disability employment gap.   Closing the disability and employment gap is published by VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), and outlines successful employment and training schemes delivered by specialist disability organisations. It includes recommendations for government, employers and care providers to boost employment […]

December 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Final Autumn Statement met with dismay by those organisations who support elderly, vulnerable and disabled

Final Autumn Statement met with dismay by those organisations who support elderly, vulnerable and disabled

Disability charity Enham Trust which supports people in their transition towards living lives of choice, control and independence commented following the Autumn Statement 2016 “We appreciate the difficult financial position of the chancellor and his efforts to provide an efficient National Health Service and effective social care and we recognise that however much money he […]

November 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
CQC’s State of Care report shows underfunding is bringing care to tipping point-comments

CQC’s State of Care report shows underfunding is bringing care to tipping point-comments

Elderly and vulnerable people are having difficulty accessing high-quality care as local authorities slash funding and raise the eligibility criteria and social care and care home operator fees increasing, the strain is now palpable. Today’s CQC annual report State of Care confirms to many organisations involved in care that entire care sector including the NHS is […]

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
New resource launched today supports the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities

New resource launched today supports the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities

VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) and NDTI (National Development Team for Inclusion) have today published the second edition of a guide which explains how the health charter can be used by social care providers[1]. This practical new resource supports the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and aims to reduce inequalities in healthcare which were […]

September 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Social care providers call for voluntary sector to have central role amid NHS cuts and uncertainty

Social care providers call for voluntary sector to have central role amid NHS cuts and uncertainty

Social care providers today call for the voluntary sector to be recognised as central to the NHS and health system. The message is outlined in a new publication from VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) that describes the reasons for closer partnership.   In today’s paper – What can the voluntary sector do to encourage greater […]

August 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Government policies on disability care funding put social care in crisis

Government policies on disability care funding put social care in crisis

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) represents leading not for profit disability providers has Responded to the House of Commons Health Committee report on the impact of the spending review on health and social care, VODG chief executive Dr Rhidian Hughes said:   “Demand for provision is rising whilst Government’s policies are leaving fewer disabled […]

July 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Disability Group focuses on the future following Brexit

Disability Group focuses on the future following Brexit

A focus on the future: leading voluntary sector group reports on the impact of Brexit VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) represents leading not for profit disability organisations who together provide care and support to over one million disabled people. Immediately after the EU referendum result the group has consulted its membership to identify post-Brexit issues […]

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
voluntary disability group argues for improved commissioning to seize the benefits of technology in care

voluntary disability group argues for improved commissioning to seize the benefits of technology in care

Today the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) launches a new report on how social care providers are embracing technology to improve services. The group argues that commissioning practices must keep pace with technological change to support quality improvement.   The report coincides with the Department for Communities and Local Government social care inquiry which is […]

July 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
VODG welcomes the launch of Learning Disability England

VODG welcomes the launch of Learning Disability England

Speaking about the launch of Learning Disability England (LDE), chief executive of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) Rhidian Hughes said: “Learning Disability England will play a unique and pivotal role in putting the voices of people with learning disabilities at centre stage. We are delighted the organisation has arrived and look forward to working […]

June 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Voluntary sector partnership launch resource to help build volunteer capability and capacity

Voluntary sector partnership launch resource to help build volunteer capability and capacity

Volunteers make a unique contribution to the care and support sector by offering time, expertise and friendship. To mark this year’s volunteer week the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and National Care Forum (NCF) have produced a toolkit to help social care organisations build volunteer capability and capacity in local services.   The toolkit supports […]

June 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Sign up to Social Care Employee Engagement Survey

Sign up to Social Care Employee Engagement Survey

The two leading organisations representing not for-profit providers, the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group and the National Care Forum, have joined forces with Agenda Consulting to tackle social care workforce challenges.   In an environment of tight financial constraints, the social care sector is managing significant recruitment and retention issues. The turnover of staff is adding […]

April 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Leading voluntary sector group welcomes first round of investors

Leading voluntary sector group welcomes first round of investors

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) representing leading not for profit disability organisations has announced the first round of companies joining its investors’ programme. The investors’ programme is designed to enable industry experts to actively support VODG and its members in the pursuit of progressive, high quality care and sustainable services for disabled people. The […]

April 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
CQC consultation a complete farce says head of VODG

CQC consultation a complete farce says head of VODG

Following the announcement by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of a significant fee increase to providers, the regulator has released supporting statutory documents: Commenting on these documents, VODG chief executive Rhidian Hughes said: “CQC’s consultation on its fees has been a complete farce. VODG, and our members, have wasted considerable time and resources engaging with the regulator […]

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