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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 […]

15th November 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

14th November 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

2nd November 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

25th October 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

10th October 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

9th October 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

12th September 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

1st September 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

6th July 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

27th April 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 […]

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 […]

8th March 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 […]

6th March 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 […]

24th January 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 […]

5th December 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 […]

23rd November 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 […]

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