Tag: VODG

    Awareness and adjustments are key to tackling health inequalities

    Awareness and adjustments are key to tackling health inequalities

    Greater awareness of the health issues experienced by disabled people and the use of reasonable adjustments are vital if individuals are to have better health outcomes. These are among the good practice steps for health and care staff outlined in a new publication released today.   The VODG discussion paper, Tackling Health Inequalities, sets out […]

    15th March 2018 | By | Reply More
    Social care providers must adopt new approaches if they are to survive

    Social care providers must adopt new approaches if they are to survive

    Social care providers must adopt new approaches if they are to survive the challenges of funding cuts and policy changes, according to a new publication released today.   The VODG discussion paper, Challenges can fuel change, outlines what social care providers believe are the future hopes for the sector as well as the barriers that […]

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    Government must focus on how Brexit affects the voluntary social care sector

    Government must focus on how Brexit affects the voluntary social care sector

    Brexit will undermine support for disabled people unless the government shores up the voluntary social care sector, according to a new report.   Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), representing leading not-for-profit disability support providers, has issued Risks and rights: how social care can survive Brexit. The report illustrates the negative consequences for social care once […]

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    Government’s failure to fund social care ignores the devastating effects on those who rely on care

    Government’s failure to fund social care ignores the devastating effects on those who rely on care

    Following today’s Autumn Budget statement Dr Rhidian Hughes, VODG chief executive said:   “Government’s continued failure to fund social care has consequences. It means that’s unmet need is rising with devastating effects on people who rely on care services. It means that local services continue to erode and the workforce will not receive the required […]

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    VODG demands disability provision is not sidelined after Government announces consultation on social care

    VODG demands disability provision is not sidelined after Government announces consultation on social care

    VODG welcomes Government’s step forward in addressing future social care strategy, but demands that disability provision is not sidelined. Government has announced a process for consultation on social care. This is a step forward that VODG welcomes in principle. But with a predominant  focus on addressing older people’s care and support needs VODG demands that […]

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    Sleep in crisis will not be resolved by HMRC’s bullish tactics-VODG comments

    Sleep in crisis will not be resolved by HMRC’s bullish tactics-VODG comments

    The tactics being taken by Government’s revenue agency HMRC is taking a spectacular new turn in dealing with the sleep in crisis says VODG the group that represents disability charities.   Government’s recent announcement of a new Social Care Compliance Scheme raised more questions than answers. The lack of clarity has prompted VODG and other […]

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    Charity calls on government to help social care sector in Autumn Budget

    Charity calls on government to help social care sector in Autumn Budget

    A social care provider is calling on the Government to provide much-needed funding and relief to the sector in the upcoming Autumn Budget.   The appeal comes from health & social care charity Vibrance, which says that services are struggling under the pressure of increased demand and financial strain, making it more difficult for organisations […]

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    Public Health England and VODG launch Health Charter for learning disability care providers

    Public Health England and VODG launch Health Charter for learning disability care providers

    Public Health England and VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), have launched the updated Health Charter for social care providers who support people with a learning disability. The Charter was developed with people with learning disabilities and their families to support providers to improve the overall health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities. Viv Bennett, Chief […]

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    Opportunity to tackle crisis in social care must not be missed

    Opportunity to tackle crisis in social care must not be missed

    This week’s House of Commons debate on adult social care[1] is a much-needed opportunity to focus on shoring up the nation’s fragile care and support system.   Ahead of the opposition day debate on Wednesday 25th October about social care VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group[2], the national body representing leading not-for-profit disability support providers) warns […]

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    CQC report State of Care brings comments from across the care industry

    CQC report State of Care brings comments from across the care industry

    This year’s State of Care shows that, thanks to the efforts of staff and leaders, the quality of health and social care has been maintained despite very real challenges and the majority of people are getting good, safe care. But future quality is precarious as the system struggles with complex new types of demand, access […]

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    Failure to fund social care properly is leaving millions at risk

    Failure to fund social care properly is leaving millions at risk

    Successive governments’ failure to properly fund social care is leaving millions of people at risk of losing vital support, according to a new analysis published today. Ahead of the Autumn Statement, VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), the national body representing leading not-for-profit disability support providers, has published True Costs: Why we cannot ignore the failure […]

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    VODG appoints new Head of Membership and Engagement

    VODG appoints new Head of Membership and Engagement

    VODG appoints Andrea Moulding as new Head of Membership and Engagement. Andrea has extensive experience in social care and the charity sector having been a social worker, probation officer and worked for a large disability organisation. Andrea said: “I am delighted to be joining such a cutting edge organisation. These are challenging times for voluntary […]

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    New resource in the campaign to tackle over-medication

    New resource in the campaign to tackle over-medication

    Today VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) launches a new resource to improve support to people with a learning disability or autism to participate in medication reviews. The resource, called ‘Preparing to visit a doctor’, aims to equip social care staff to plan with an individual for a review of their psychotropic medication. It includes guidance […]

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    Government’s commitment to resolve sleep-in crisis welcomed by industry bodies in social care

    Government’s commitment to resolve sleep-in crisis welcomed by industry bodies in social care

    Today’s announcement that the Government has temporarily suspended its enforcement activity and will waive historical financial penalties against employers concerning sleep in shift pay for care workers has been welcomed by care industry bodies. VODG and Care England have been in active discussions with Government to create an appropriate framework for sleep in payments, in […]

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    Most care is good but still too much ‘poor’ care with some providers failing to improve following CQC inspections

    Most care is good but still too much ‘poor’ care with some providers failing to improve following CQC inspections

    While the majority of services are safe and of a high quality and many are improving, too many people across England are living in care homes and receiving care and support in their own homes that is not good enough. Without a proper recognition of the importance of adult social care and a renewed commitment […]

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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 […]

    8th May 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 […]

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    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 […]

    25th April 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: […]

    18th 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 […]

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