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No-deal Brexit could leave NHS with £2.3BN cost before 2020, report warns

13 November 2018 England

No-deal Brexit could leave NHS with £2.3BN cost before 2020, report warns

A no-deal Brexit could lead to the NHS forking out £2.3 billion by 2020, new analysis suggests.The additional cost could come as a result of increased purchasing of supplies and may have an impact on patient care, according to the Nuffield Trust.A new blog pub...

Fury over 'gagging clause' in contract to test cladding after Grenfell Tower fire

07 November 2018 England

Fury over 'gagging clause' in contract to test cladding after Grenfell Tower fire

Ministers have been accused of "unforgivable cowardice" after it was revealed that experts hired to test cladding 12 days after the Grenfell Tower fire were banned from criticising Theresa May.A contract signed with engineering firm WSP stated that it must not...

CQC raise concerns over viability of major home care provider

06 November 2018 England

CQC raise concerns over viability of major home care provider

There is a "credible risk of service disruption" at one of the biggest home care providers in England, inspectors have warned.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has raised concerns that Allied Healthcare may not be able to continue to operate after November 30....

Five arrested in south London over 'vile' Grenfell effigy video

06 November 2018 England

Five arrested in south London over 'vile' Grenfell effigy video

Five men have been arrested in connection with an investigation into a video showing the burning of an effigy of Grenfell Tower.The Metropolitan Police said the men, who are all from south and south-east London, handed themselves in on Monday night.A Scotland ...

Call to close 'often disgraceful' institutions for people with learning disabilities

05 November 2018 England

Call to close 'often disgraceful' institutions for people with learning disabilities

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has indicated he is ready to consider calls to close all institutions for people with learning difficulties or autism. The call came from Sir Stephen Bubb, who said recommendations for reform of the system in his 2014 report into...

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Woman's rights campaigner 'offered peerage for sex' urges other victims speak out

Woman's rights campaigner 'offered peerage for sex' urges other victims speak out

13 Nov 2018 England

A woman's rights campaigner who says she was promised a peerage in return for sleeping with a senior member of the House of Lords has urged other victims of harassment to speak out.Jasv...

Family of late Welsh minister Carl Sargeant in legal bid to challenge inquiry

Family of late Welsh minister Carl Sargeant in legal bid to challenge inquiry

13 Nov 2018 Wales

The widow of a former Welsh Government minister who was found dead while facing sexual misconduct allegations is to urge the High Court to allow her to challenge the legality of an inqu...

No-deal Brexit could leave NHS with £2.3BN cost before 2020, report warns

No-deal Brexit could leave NHS with £2.3BN cost before 2020, report warns

13 Nov 2018 England

A no-deal Brexit could lead to the NHS forking out £2.3 billion by 2020, new analysis suggests.The additional cost could come as a result of increased purchasing of supplies and may hav...

Heavy workloads and training gaps behind UK's poor maternity care outcomes

Heavy workloads and training gaps behind UK's poor maternity care outcomes

13 Nov 2018 England

Failures to follow guidelines and best practice in hospitals is contributing to incidents of newborn death and brain-damage, a new report claims.The Each Baby Counts study found nearly ...

Olly Murs and Little Mix among stars who surprise Children In Need project workers

Olly Murs and Little Mix among stars who surprise Children In Need project workers

12 Nov 2018 England

Olly Murs, Craig David and Little Mix are among the stars who have surprised project workers funded by BBC Children In Need for the chance to duet with them.Also taking part in the char...

Health department under attack over calls to save community phramacies

Health department under attack over calls to save community phramacies

12 Nov 2018 Northern Ireland

  The head of Community Pharmacy Northern Ireland has criticised the Department of Health for ignoring repeated calls to save the service.Community pharmacists say they have been warne...

Five-minute neck scan could become part of future dementia screening

Five-minute neck scan could become part of future dementia screening

12 Nov 2018 England

A five-minute scan of blood vessels in the neck during mid-life could become part of future dementia screening, researchers have suggested.If confirmed in larger studies, the scan - whi...

Too few public health policies designed to prevent illness, MSPs find

Too few public health policies designed to prevent illness, MSPs find

12 Nov 2018 Scotland

There are not enough public health policies designed to prevent illness, a Holyrood committee has found.MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee found that the health service was over-rel...

Campaign urges Welsh public to act to protect children and adults at risk from abuse

Campaign urges Welsh public to act to protect children and adults at risk from abuse

12 Nov 2018 Wales

People across Wales are being urged by the Welsh Government to act and do more to ensure children and adults are not put at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. To mark the start o...

Hospital Trust placed in special measures amid review of 100 cases of alleged poor care

Hospital Trust placed in special measures amid review of 100 cases of alleged poor care

09 Nov 2018 England

A hospital trust has been placed into special measures after it emerged that more than 100 cases of alleged poor care are to be reviewed.NHS Improvement confirmed on Thursday that Shrew...

Cuts to state support for potential human trafficking victims ruled unlawful

Cuts to state support for potential human trafficking victims ruled unlawful

09 Nov 2018 England

Home Secretary Sajid Javid is considering his response after a High Court judge declared a decision to cut state cash support to potential victims of human trafficking unlawful.Weekly p...

Mental health staff failed to assess danger posed by killer, coroner concludes

Mental health staff failed to assess danger posed by killer, coroner concludes

09 Nov 2018 England

A grandmother would not have been murdered if mental health staff had assessed the danger posed by a mentally ill woman properly, a coroner has concluded.Paranoid schizophrenic Nicola E...

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Woman's rights campaigner 'offered peerage for sex' urges other victims speak out

Woman's rights campaigner 'offered peerage for sex' urges other victims speak out

13 Nov 2018 England

A woman's rights campaigner who says she was promised a peerage in return for sleeping with a senior member of the House of Lords has urged other victims of harassment to speak out.Jasv...

No-deal Brexit could leave NHS with £2.3BN cost before 2020, report warns

No-deal Brexit could leave NHS with £2.3BN cost before 2020, report warns

13 Nov 2018 England

A no-deal Brexit could lead to the NHS forking out £2.3 billion by 2020, new analysis suggests.The additional cost could come as a result of increased purchasing of supplies and may hav...

Heavy workloads and training gaps behind UK's poor maternity care outcomes

Heavy workloads and training gaps behind UK's poor maternity care outcomes

13 Nov 2018 England

Failures to follow guidelines and best practice in hospitals is contributing to incidents of newborn death and brain-damage, a new report claims.The Each Baby Counts study found nearly ...

Olly Murs and Little Mix among stars who surprise Children In Need project workers

Olly Murs and Little Mix among stars who surprise Children In Need project workers

12 Nov 2018 England

Olly Murs, Craig David and Little Mix are among the stars who have surprised project workers funded by BBC Children In Need for the chance to duet with them.Also taking part in the char...

Five-minute neck scan could become part of future dementia screening

Five-minute neck scan could become part of future dementia screening

12 Nov 2018 England

A five-minute scan of blood vessels in the neck during mid-life could become part of future dementia screening, researchers have suggested.If confirmed in larger studies, the scan - whi...

Hospital Trust placed in special measures amid review of 100 cases of alleged poor care

Hospital Trust placed in special measures amid review of 100 cases of alleged poor care

09 Nov 2018 England

A hospital trust has been placed into special measures after it emerged that more than 100 cases of alleged poor care are to be reviewed.NHS Improvement confirmed on Thursday that Shrew...

Cuts to state support for potential human trafficking victims ruled unlawful

Cuts to state support for potential human trafficking victims ruled unlawful

09 Nov 2018 England

Home Secretary Sajid Javid is considering his response after a High Court judge declared a decision to cut state cash support to potential victims of human trafficking unlawful.Weekly p...

Mental health staff failed to assess danger posed by killer, coroner concludes

Mental health staff failed to assess danger posed by killer, coroner concludes

09 Nov 2018 England

A grandmother would not have been murdered if mental health staff had assessed the danger posed by a mentally ill woman properly, a coroner has concluded.Paranoid schizophrenic Nicola E...

Social services bosses criticised over case of mother with learning disabilities

Social services bosses criticised over case of mother with learning disabilities

09 Nov 2018 England

Council social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge who questioned whether guidelines were followed in a case involving a mother of three who has learning disabi...

New £6M pilot scheme aims to prevent rough sleeping among ex-offenders

New £6M pilot scheme aims to prevent rough sleeping among ex-offenders

09 Nov 2018 England

The Justice Secretary has launched a new scheme to help ex-offenders stay off the streets and away from crime.David Gauke announced that Leeds, Pentonville and Bristol prisons will spea...

NHS chief urges more tech use to avoid unnecessary outpatient appointments

NHS chief urges more tech use to avoid unnecessary outpatient appointments

09 Nov 2018 England

England's top doctor has called on the NHS to use more technology and innovation to reduce the thousands of unnecessary outpatient appointments carried out every day.NHS England medical...

Social workers' failings made stressful time worse for parents of dying baby

Social workers' failings made stressful time worse for parents of dying baby

08 Nov 2018 England

The parents of a dying baby suffered a "horrifically stressful" experience after social services failings deprived them of time with their child, an ombudsman has said.City of York Coun...

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Too few public health policies designed to prevent illness, MSPs find

Too few public health policies designed to prevent illness, MSPs find

12 Nov 2018 Scotland

There are not enough public health policies designed to prevent illness, a Holyrood committee has found.MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee found that the health service was ove...

More needs to be done to help million people in Scotland living in poverty

More needs to be done to help million people in Scotland living in poverty

08 Nov 2018 Scotland

Campaigners have called for more action to be taken to help the one million people in Scotland living in poverty.The Poverty Alliance said that 230,000 children are included in the...

Young people’s views sought for inquiry in mental health support in Scotland

Young people’s views sought for inquiry in mental health support in Scotland

07 Nov 2018 Scotland

MSPs on a Scottish Parliament committee say they want to hear people’s views as they launched an inquiry into how youngsters with mental health problems access support.The probe is...

Delayed discharge in Scotland at worst level in two years, new figures show

Delayed discharge in Scotland at worst level in two years, new figures show

07 Nov 2018 Scotland

Also known as bed-blocking, delayed discharge happens when patients are medically fit to return home but unable to leave hospital, frequently due to the lack of a social care packa...

Former Celtic Boys Club coach jailed for historical child abuse

Former Celtic Boys Club coach jailed for historical child abuse

06 Nov 2018 Scotland

A former football coach has been jailed for six years after being convicted of historical child sex offences.James Torbett – who was involved in setting up Celtic Boys Club – abuse...

Medical staff urged to ensure end-of-life carers get full support

Medical staff urged to ensure end-of-life carers get full support

05 Nov 2018 Scotland

Charities have called on medical staff to do more to identify carers of terminally ill people to ensure they are getting the support they need. Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Su...

Struggling health board to shed 1,300 jobs in bid to balance books

Struggling health board to shed 1,300 jobs in bid to balance books

05 Nov 2018 Scotland

A struggling health board has been criticised after an official report revealed it is looking to shed 10% of its workforce. NHS Tayside is aiming to shed around 1,300 members of s...

Child sex abuse victim raises fears of paedophile ring at orphanage

Child sex abuse victim raises fears of paedophile ring at orphanage

05 Nov 2018 Scotland

A man who was sexually abused at a children’s home in the 1970s has spoken of his belief a paedophile ring may have been operating inside the facility. David Whelan, who waived hi...

Paediatric ward closure sees nearly 1,000 children transferred from Livingston to Edinburgh

Paediatric ward closure sees nearly 1,000 children transferred from Livingston to Edinburgh

02 Nov 2018 Scotland

Almost 1,000 children have been transferred from St John’s Hospital (SJH) in Livingston to Edinburgh for treatment due to closures at the children’s ward. The paediatric ward at t...

NHS Scotland to move to single digital system in bid to improve waiting times

NHS Scotland to move to single digital system in bid to improve waiting times

02 Nov 2018 Scotland

NHS Scotland is planning to consolidate its IT systems into one in a move it hopes will cut waiting times and improve patient care. The health service has signed a deal with Micro...

Child at care home force-fed til mouth would bleed, inquiry told

Child at care home force-fed til mouth would bleed, inquiry told

02 Nov 2018 Scotland

A child was force-fed to the point where his mouth would bleed during a time in care that was “hell itself”, an inquiry has heard. A witness also told how he thought he was going ...

Elderly witness tells inquiry of shocking treatment in ‘prison camp’ children’s home

Elderly witness tells inquiry of shocking treatment in ‘prison camp’ children’s home

01 Nov 2018 Scotland

A man who spent two years in hospital after being subjected to cold baths for wetting his bed in a children’s home has described the institution as a “prison camp”. Thomas Hagan, ...

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Family of late Welsh minister Carl Sargeant in legal bid to challenge inquiry

Family of late Welsh minister Carl Sargeant in legal bid to challenge inquiry

13 Nov 2018 Wales

The widow of a former Welsh Government minister who was found dead while facing sexual misconduct allegations is to urge the High Court to allow her to challenge the legality of an inqu...

Campaign urges Welsh public to act to protect children and adults at risk from abuse

Campaign urges Welsh public to act to protect children and adults at risk from abuse

12 Nov 2018 Wales

People across Wales are being urged by the Welsh Government to act and do more to ensure children and adults are not put at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. To mark the start o...

New data shows substantial rise in cocaine-related hospital admissions in Wales

New data shows substantial rise in cocaine-related hospital admissions in Wales

09 Nov 2018 Wales

New data released by Public Health Wales shows that despite an overall decrease in hospital admissions for illicit drugs, the number of cocaine-related hospital admissions has increased...

Care home manager removed from Register over failings at two Pembrokeshire services

Care home manager removed from Register over failings at two Pembrokeshire services

02 Nov 2018 Wales

An adult care home manager has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers in Wales after a hearing found her fitness to practise is currently impaired because of her miscondu...

New tool to improve early years and childcare workers’ skills in Wales

New tool to improve early years and childcare workers’ skills in Wales

25 Oct 2018 Wales

A new induction tool to boost the confidence and skills of early years and childcare workers is been launched by Huw Irranca-Davies AM, the Minister for Children, Older People and Socia...

Cwmtawe project receives £1.7M to develop new models of health and social care

Cwmtawe project receives £1.7M to develop new models of health and social care

25 Oct 2018 Wales

Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £1.7m funding for a Cwmtawe project to develop new models of health and social care.The funding comes from the £100m Transformatio...

Ministers confirm £180M to deliver 'seamless' health and social care in Wales

Ministers confirm £180M to deliver 'seamless' health and social care in Wales

24 Oct 2018 Wales

Plans to deliver a seamless health and social care system, which supports people to live healthy and independent lives, will receive a £180m funding boost next year, Ministers have anno...

Husband and wife swingers jailed for 36 years over sexual abuse of teenage girls

Husband and wife swingers jailed for 36 years over sexual abuse of teenage girls

19 Oct 2018 Wales

A husband and wife described as the "Fred and Rose West of Barry" have been jailed for a total of 36 years for grooming and raping teenage girls.Peter Griffiths, 65, and Avril Griffiths...

Welsh project to better integrate health and social care secures £7m funding

Welsh project to better integrate health and social care secures £7m funding

19 Oct 2018 Wales

Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced the first project to be backed by the £100m Transformation Fund, to develop new models of health and social care. Developed by th...

£5 million announced to relieve winter pressure on critical care in Wales

£5 million announced to relieve winter pressure on critical care in Wales

19 Oct 2018 Wales

Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £5 million will be spent this financial year to help relieve pressure on critical care units across Wales this winter. The £5m is...

Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

17 Oct 2018 Wales

A council must pay a man £2,500 after it destroyed his BMW while he lay in hospital.Flintshire County Council in North Wales removed the man's car after it was left outside his home for...

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

15 Oct 2018 Wales

Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Fina...

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Health department under attack over calls to save community phramacies

Health department under attack over calls to save community phramacies

12 Nov 2018 Northern Ireland

  The head of Community Pharmacy Northern Ireland has criticised the Department of Health for ignoring repeated calls to save the service.Community pharmacists say they have been warne...

Girl was 'removed from classroom to be questioned by police over abortion pills'

Girl was 'removed from classroom to be questioned by police over abortion pills'

06 Nov 2018 Northern Ireland

A Northern Ireland schoolgirl whose mother is facing prosecution for buying her abortion pills was taken from a classroom by police officers and spoken to about the alleged crime withou...

Neurology review sparked by concerns over consultant has cost £1M so far

Neurology review sparked by concerns over consultant has cost £1M so far

31 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

A neurology review sparked by concerns about a consultant's work has cost around £1 million so far, Northern Ireland's department of health said. A total of 3,544 former patients of Dr...

Reports of group dressed as KKK members in Co Down being probed as hate crime

Reports of group dressed as KKK members in Co Down being probed as hate crime

30 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Reports that a group of people dressed as Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members posed outside an Islamic prayer house are being investigated as a hate incident, police said. Images circulating on...

Rugby player cleared of rape 'offered no evidence in bid to recoup legal fees'

Rugby player cleared of rape 'offered no evidence in bid to recoup legal fees'

26 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

A former Ireland and Ulster rugby player trying to recoup his legal fees after being acquitted of rape has offered no evidence to support his claims of financial hardship, a court has h...

MPs voice concerns over 'out-of-date' cancer services in Northern Ireland

MPs voice concerns over 'out-of-date' cancer services in Northern Ireland

26 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

MPs have written to Northern Ireland's health chief to express concerns that cancer services in the region are falling behind the rest of the UK.Members of the Northern Ireland Affairs ...

Campaigners welcome MPs' support for equal rights monitoring in Northern Ireland

Campaigners welcome MPs' support for equal rights monitoring in Northern Ireland

25 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Campaigners pushing for reform of Northern Ireland's abortion and marriage laws have hailed an "historic day" after MPs approved moves to better monitor equal rights compliance.Labour M...

Call for Westminster intervention in Northern Irish health service amid waiting times 'crisis'

Call for Westminster intervention in Northern Irish health service amid waiting times 'crisis'

25 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Westminster needs to take action on some Northern Irish affairs in the absence of an administration, MPs have heard.Secretary of State Karen Bradley (pictured) moved emergency legislati...

Woman who travelled to England for abortion wins right to challenge NI law

Woman who travelled to England for abortion wins right to challenge NI law

25 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

A woman who travelled outside Northern Ireland for an abortion after being told her unborn child could not survive after birth has won the right to challenge the region's laws on termin...

Call to scrap 157-year-old abortion ban in Northern Ireland

Call to scrap 157-year-old abortion ban in Northern Ireland

22 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Westminster must scrap 157-year-old abortion laws to protect the rights of women in Northern Ireland, according to a Labour former minister.Outdated abortion laws must be modernised to ...

Women in Northern Ireland 'still using illegal abortion medication'

Women in Northern Ireland 'still using illegal abortion medication'

19 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Women in Northern Ireland are still using illegal abortion medication even though the procedure is freely available to them in England, a study found.Northern Ireland outlaws terminatio...

Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

18 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Almost two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland want local politicians to make the decisions on the region's abortion laws, a new poll has suggested.The results were released by anti-ab...


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Engage: How can we fix adult social care?

Engage: How can we fix adult social care?

12 Nov 2018 Engage

Most of us want to live interdependently – in lives full of friendship, love, purpose and meaning. We also want some independence – to make choices about our lives, and to be able to un...

Campaign urges Welsh public to act to protect children and adults at risk from abuse

Campaign urges Welsh public to act to protect children and adults at risk from abuse

12 Nov 2018 Wales

People across Wales are being urged by the Welsh Government to act and do more to ensure children and adults are not put at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. To mark the start o...

Mental health staff failed to assess danger posed by killer, coroner concludes

Mental health staff failed to assess danger posed by killer, coroner concludes

09 Nov 2018 England

A grandmother would not have been murdered if mental health staff had assessed the danger posed by a mentally ill woman properly, a coroner has concluded.Paranoid schizophrenic Nicola E...

Social services bosses criticised over case of mother with learning disabilities

Social services bosses criticised over case of mother with learning disabilities

09 Nov 2018 England

Council social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge who questioned whether guidelines were followed in a case involving a mother of three who has learning disabi...

Union raises concern over council's 'means-tested' proposals for family support services

Union raises concern over council's 'means-tested' proposals for family support services

06 Nov 2018 England

Some parents may have to pay for family support services, a union has said.Unite raised concerns that proposals from Cornwall Council could eventually lead to some parents needing to "p...

Labour attacks Government on 'bedlam-like conditions' for people with learning disabilities

Labour attacks Government on 'bedlam-like conditions' for people with learning disabilities

06 Nov 2018 England

Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scanda...

CQC raise concerns over viability of major home care provider

CQC raise concerns over viability of major home care provider

06 Nov 2018 England

There is a "credible risk of service disruption" at one of the biggest home care providers in England, inspectors have warned.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has raised concerns that ...

Engage: New social work regulator to strive for a 'more clear and transparent service'

Engage: New social work regulator to strive for a 'more clear and transparent service'

06 Nov 2018 Engage

Social Work now has a new champion, albeit in the unlikely guise of the new industry regulator. As part of the 2017 Children’s and Social Work Act, the Government introduced a new regu...

MPs call for urgent reassessment of 'pointlessly cruel' benefit sanctions regime

MPs call for urgent reassessment of 'pointlessly cruel' benefit sanctions regime

06 Nov 2018 England

A committee of MPs has called for an urgent reassessment of the Government's benefit sanctions regime, warning that the current system appears to be "pointlessly cruel" to some claimant...

Report warns 1,200 people with learning disabilities dying prematurely every year

Report warns 1,200 people with learning disabilities dying prematurely every year

05 Nov 2018 England

People with learning disabilities will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population, resulting in 1,200 premature deaths every year, a report has warned. The Universit...

Mentally ill woman 'warned she could kill to get admitted to hospital' before murder

Mentally ill woman 'warned she could kill to get admitted to hospital' before murder

02 Nov 2018 England

A mentally ill woman warned she could kill someone to get admitted to hospital hours before she murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) was taken by p...

Care home manager removed from Register over failings at two Pembrokeshire services

Care home manager removed from Register over failings at two Pembrokeshire services

02 Nov 2018 Wales

An adult care home manager has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers in Wales after a hearing found her fitness to practise is currently impaired because of her miscondu...

Emergency aid requests increase by at least 30% in six council areas in Scotland

Emergency aid requests increase by at least 30% in six council areas in Scotland

31 Oct 2018 Scotland

More Scots are being forced to ask for emergency aid to help with the cost of feeding their families and heating their homes, with six council areas across the country seeing applicatio...

Government announce care worker recruitment pilot scheme to inform national campaign

Government announce care worker recruitment pilot scheme to inform national campaign

31 Oct 2018 England

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is launching a month-long pilot communications programme to promote jobs in the adult social care sector. The pilot starts October 31st a...

Care staff failed to act on warning signals ahead of killing, inquest hears

Care staff failed to act on warning signals ahead of killing, inquest hears

30 Oct 2018 England

Care staff failed to act on a host of warning signals in the weeks and months before a psychiatric patient murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) vir...

New £950,000 centre for pre-recording evidence from vulnerable witnesses

New £950,000 centre for pre-recording evidence from vulnerable witnesses

30 Oct 2018 Scotland

Plans have been announced for a new £950,000 centre to enable children and vulnerable adults to give evidence without attending court. The new centre will mean more of these witnesses ...

Extra cash for councils welcomed but 'falls short', say local government chiefs

Extra cash for councils welcomed but 'falls short', say local government chiefs

29 Oct 2018 England

Cash to meet rising social care costs and extra funds to repair potholes were announced by Philip Hammond to ease the pressure on town hall budgets. Local government chiefs have suffer...

Overwhelming majority have made no plans how they will pay for adult social care

Overwhelming majority have made no plans how they will pay for adult social care

26 Oct 2018 England

The overwhelming majority of people have not made any plans for how they will pay for adult social care in old age, a survey has revealed.The Local Government Association (LGA) said jus...

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Olly Murs and Little Mix among stars who surprise Children In Need project workers

Olly Murs and Little Mix among stars who surprise Children In Need project workers

12 Nov 2018 England

Olly Murs, Craig David and Little Mix are among the stars who have surprised project workers funded by BBC Children In Need for the chance to duet with them.Also taking part in the char...

Campaign urges Welsh public to act to protect children and adults at risk from abuse

Campaign urges Welsh public to act to protect children and adults at risk from abuse

12 Nov 2018 Wales

People across Wales are being urged by the Welsh Government to act and do more to ensure children and adults are not put at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. To mark the start o...

Social services bosses criticised over case of mother with learning disabilities

Social services bosses criticised over case of mother with learning disabilities

09 Nov 2018 England

Council social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge who questioned whether guidelines were followed in a case involving a mother of three who has learning disabi...

Social workers' failings made stressful time worse for parents of dying baby

Social workers' failings made stressful time worse for parents of dying baby

08 Nov 2018 England

The parents of a dying baby suffered a "horrifically stressful" experience after social services failings deprived them of time with their child, an ombudsman has said.City of York Coun...

Webwatch: Children's Commissioner calls for transparency on data gathered from children

Webwatch: Children's Commissioner calls for transparency on data gathered from children

08 Nov 2018 Webwatch

A report from the Children's Commissioner for England has called on internet firms and toy companies to be more transparent in what data they are collecting from children.It says manufa...

Judges asked to rule on legality of teenager's 'prolonged solitary confinement' at YOI

Judges asked to rule on legality of teenager's 'prolonged solitary confinement' at YOI

08 Nov 2018 England

Leading judges are being asked to rule that a teenager's "prolonged solitary confinement" in detention amounted to "inhuman and degrading" treatment.Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Lor...

Council under fire after boy was placed with foster carers without grandparents' knowledge

Council under fire after boy was placed with foster carers without grandparents' knowledge

08 Nov 2018 England

Council social services bosses have come under fire from a family court judge after a little boy was placed with foster carers when grandparents who might have offered a home were unawa...

Children's worker used Manchester United connections to 'buy victims silence', court told

Children's worker used Manchester United connections to 'buy victims silence', court told

06 Nov 2018 England

A children's home worker accused of sexually assaulting boys in his care used his connections with Manchester United to "buy a form of silence" from his victims, a court has heard.Bruce...

Union raises concern over council's 'means-tested' proposals for family support services

Union raises concern over council's 'means-tested' proposals for family support services

06 Nov 2018 England

Some parents may have to pay for family support services, a union has said.Unite raised concerns that proposals from Cornwall Council could eventually lead to some parents needing to "p...

Labour attacks Government on 'bedlam-like conditions' for people with learning disabilities

Labour attacks Government on 'bedlam-like conditions' for people with learning disabilities

06 Nov 2018 England

Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scanda...

Engage: New social work regulator to strive for a 'more clear and transparent service'

Engage: New social work regulator to strive for a 'more clear and transparent service'

06 Nov 2018 Engage

Social Work now has a new champion, albeit in the unlikely guise of the new industry regulator. As part of the 2017 Children’s and Social Work Act, the Government introduced a new regu...

Report warns 1,200 people with learning disabilities dying prematurely every year

Report warns 1,200 people with learning disabilities dying prematurely every year

05 Nov 2018 England

People with learning disabilities will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population, resulting in 1,200 premature deaths every year, a report has warned. The Universit...

Paediatric ward closure sees nearly 1,000 children transferred from Livingston to Edinburgh

Paediatric ward closure sees nearly 1,000 children transferred from Livingston to Edinburgh

02 Nov 2018 Scotland

Almost 1,000 children have been transferred from St John’s Hospital (SJH) in Livingston to Edinburgh for treatment due to closures at the children’s ward. The paediatric ward at the We...

Webwatch: Young more likely to go online for mental health support, poll suggests

Webwatch: Young more likely to go online for mental health support, poll suggests

02 Nov 2018 Webwatch

Young people say they are more likely to turn to online platforms for mental health support than medical professionals, family or friends, according to a survey. A poll found that near...

PC accused of raping girl had 'ambitions of working in vulnerable youngsters unit'

PC accused of raping girl had 'ambitions of working in vulnerable youngsters unit'

02 Nov 2018 England

A police officer accused of the rape of a teenage girl had ambitions of working in a unit dealing with vulnerable youngsters, a court has heard. Cheshire Police constable Ian Naude, 30...

New law giving paid leave to support families who suffer loss of a child

New law giving paid leave to support families who suffer loss of a child

02 Nov 2018 England

New rights giving paid leave to workers suffering the loss of a child have been set out by the Government. Parents in Britain will have the right to two weeks' leave if they lose a chi...

Asthma charity raises concerns over children living in mouldy homes

Asthma charity raises concerns over children living in mouldy homes

01 Nov 2018 England

Children growing up in homes with mould are more likely to suffer respiratory problems, a charity has warned as it called for more action to reduce health inequalities. A new report on...

Two thirds of council nursery places are half-day only, report says

Two thirds of council nursery places are half-day only, report says

01 Nov 2018 Scotland

More than two thirds of three to five-year-olds attending council nurseries have places for just three hours and 10 minutes per day, according to a new report. A study by childcare cam...

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Study finds health services must address multiple conditions in dementia care

Study finds health services must address multiple conditions in dementia care

12 Nov 2018 Education & Training

Most people living with dementia also have at least one other health condition, and health services need to adapt to optimise their health and quality of life, a new study concludes. ...

Five-minute neck scan could become part of future dementia screening

Five-minute neck scan could become part of future dementia screening

12 Nov 2018 England

A five-minute scan of blood vessels in the neck during mid-life could become part of future dementia screening, researchers have suggested.If confirmed in larger studies, the scan - whi...

Dame Judi Dench backs campaign to support elderly with no-one to turn to

Dame Judi Dench backs campaign to support elderly with no-one to turn to

07 Nov 2018 England

Millions of pensioners feel they have no-one to turn to for help and support, a charity has warned.Age UK estimates that 2.65 million people over the age of 65 face their problems alone...

Inspectors cancel registration of care home in north Manchester

Inspectors cancel registration of care home in north Manchester

06 Nov 2018 England

The Care Quality Commission has taken enforcement action to cancel the registration of Viewpark Care Home and are now no longer legally allowed to provide care at their service in Mosto...

Engage: Some care given was 'so bad that it would make you cry', outgoing CQC chief

Engage: Some care given was 'so bad that it would make you cry', outgoing CQC chief

06 Nov 2018 Engage

England's chief care inspector has warned of "shocking" failings over people in care homes.Andrea Sutcliffe, the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) chief inspector of adult social care, sa...

Medical staff urged to ensure end-of-life carers get full support

Medical staff urged to ensure end-of-life carers get full support

05 Nov 2018 Scotland

Charities have called on medical staff to do more to identify carers of terminally ill people to ensure they are getting the support they need. Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Support...

Care home manager removed from Register over failings at two Pembrokeshire services

Care home manager removed from Register over failings at two Pembrokeshire services

02 Nov 2018 Wales

An adult care home manager has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers in Wales after a hearing found her fitness to practise is currently impaired because of her miscondu...

Engage: Millions underestimating cost of care by an average of £12,000 a year - Which?

Engage: Millions underestimating cost of care by an average of £12,000 a year - Which?

31 Oct 2018 Engage

Millions of people are underestimating the cost of paying for a care home by an average of £12,000 a year, a survey suggests. Which? found that 55% of people estimated a figure for the...

Vulnerable people suffering as care workers are pushed to the limit - Unison

Vulnerable people suffering as care workers are pushed to the limit - Unison

26 Oct 2018 England

The crisis in England's care system is escalating - with overworked staff not even having the time to take elderly people to the toilet or give them a wash, according to a new report.Un...

Councils accused of buying homecare services for older people 'on the cheap'

Councils accused of buying homecare services for older people 'on the cheap'

25 Oct 2018 England

Councils in the UK have been accused of "buying homecare services for older people on the cheap".The United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) said its report "exposes the scale of un...

English councils dealing with 5,100 new requests for adult social care every day

English councils dealing with 5,100 new requests for adult social care every day

23 Oct 2018 England

New figures from NHS Digital show that local authorities received 1.8 million new requests for adult social care support in 2017-18, an increase of 1.6 per cent on 2016-17 and equivalen...

Concern over ‘staggering’ 18-year high number of winter deaths in Scotland

Concern over ‘staggering’ 18-year high number of winter deaths in Scotland

17 Oct 2018 Scotland

A charity has described the number of winter deaths in Scotland as “staggering”, with statistics showing an increase to the highest level in 18 years.Figures released today by the Natio...

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

15 Oct 2018 Wales

Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Fina...

Progress review of services for older people in Aberdeen making good progress

Progress review of services for older people in Aberdeen making good progress

10 Oct 2018 Scotland

Good progress has been made on improving services for older people in Aberdeen, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published a progress...

Dame Barbara Windsor calls for a stand against dementia in new video

Dame Barbara Windsor calls for a stand against dementia in new video

08 Oct 2018 England

Dame Barbara Windsor has appeared on video for the first time to speak publicly about dementia - as her husband said that "there is still so much of her there" despite her illness.With ...

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

04 Oct 2018 Wales

More than two years since the Social Services and Wellbeing Act came in to force, the charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru says many people who are deaf or have hearing loss are still n...

Webwatch: Music website launched to help trigger memories in people with dementia

Webwatch: Music website launched to help trigger memories in people with dementia

28 Sep 2018 Webwatch

A website has been launched to trigger memories in people suffering from dementia. BBC Music Memories follows research showing how music benefits those with the condition. The new sit...

Provost special guest as Meallmore officially opens revamped care home in Inverness

Provost special guest as Meallmore officially opens revamped care home in Inverness

26 Sep 2018 Scotland

A recently refurbished care home in Inverness has held an official opening event to give guests a first glimpse of its new facilities and an opportunity to meet its care team. Culduthe...

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No-deal Brexit could leave NHS with £2.3BN cost before 2020, report warns

No-deal Brexit could leave NHS with £2.3BN cost before 2020, report warns

13 Nov 2018 England

A no-deal Brexit could lead to the NHS forking out £2.3 billion by 2020, new analysis suggests.The additional cost could come as a result of increased purchasing of supplies and may hav...

Heavy workloads and training gaps behind UK's poor maternity care outcomes

Heavy workloads and training gaps behind UK's poor maternity care outcomes

13 Nov 2018 England

Failures to follow guidelines and best practice in hospitals is contributing to incidents of newborn death and brain-damage, a new report claims.The Each Baby Counts study found nearly ...

Health department under attack over calls to save community phramacies

Health department under attack over calls to save community phramacies

12 Nov 2018 Northern Ireland

  The head of Community Pharmacy Northern Ireland has criticised the Department of Health for ignoring repeated calls to save the service.Community pharmacists say they have been warne...

Too few public health policies designed to prevent illness, MSPs find

Too few public health policies designed to prevent illness, MSPs find

12 Nov 2018 Scotland

There are not enough public health policies designed to prevent illness, a Holyrood committee has found.MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee found that the health service was over-rel...

Hospital Trust placed in special measures amid review of 100 cases of alleged poor care

Hospital Trust placed in special measures amid review of 100 cases of alleged poor care

09 Nov 2018 England

A hospital trust has been placed into special measures after it emerged that more than 100 cases of alleged poor care are to be reviewed.NHS Improvement confirmed on Thursday that Shrew...

Mental health staff failed to assess danger posed by killer, coroner concludes

Mental health staff failed to assess danger posed by killer, coroner concludes

09 Nov 2018 England

A grandmother would not have been murdered if mental health staff had assessed the danger posed by a mentally ill woman properly, a coroner has concluded.Paranoid schizophrenic Nicola E...

New data shows substantial rise in cocaine-related hospital admissions in Wales

New data shows substantial rise in cocaine-related hospital admissions in Wales

09 Nov 2018 Wales

New data released by Public Health Wales shows that despite an overall decrease in hospital admissions for illicit drugs, the number of cocaine-related hospital admissions has increased...

NHS chief urges more tech use to avoid unnecessary outpatient appointments

NHS chief urges more tech use to avoid unnecessary outpatient appointments

09 Nov 2018 England

England's top doctor has called on the NHS to use more technology and innovation to reduce the thousands of unnecessary outpatient appointments carried out every day.NHS England medical...

South East Ambulance Trust to remain in special measures despite improvements

South East Ambulance Trust to remain in special measures despite improvements

08 Nov 2018 England

South East Coast Ambulance Service is to remain in special measures despite showing improvements in care, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).A team of inspectors...

Delayed discharge in Scotland at worst level in two years, new figures show

Delayed discharge in Scotland at worst level in two years, new figures show

07 Nov 2018 Scotland

Also known as bed-blocking, delayed discharge happens when patients are medically fit to return home but unable to leave hospital, frequently due to the lack of a social care package.Of...

Mother left traumatised by daughter's difficult birth awarded £75,000 damages

Mother left traumatised by daughter's difficult birth awarded £75,000 damages

06 Nov 2018 England

A mother left traumatised by her disabled daughter's difficult birth has been awarded more than £75,000 in damages by a High Court judge.The woman, who cannot be identified, suffered a ...

Labour attacks Government on 'bedlam-like conditions' for people with learning disabilities

Labour attacks Government on 'bedlam-like conditions' for people with learning disabilities

06 Nov 2018 England

Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scanda...

New review warns NHS could be 51,000 nurses short post-Brexit

New review warns NHS could be 51,000 nurses short post-Brexit

06 Nov 2018 England

Fresh concerns have been raised over a nursing shortfall post-Brexit after a new review found that Britain could be left an additional 10,000 nurses short.In England, the latest nursing...

Struggling health board to shed 1,300 jobs in bid to balance books

Struggling health board to shed 1,300 jobs in bid to balance books

05 Nov 2018 Scotland

A struggling health board has been criticised after an official report revealed it is looking to shed 10% of its workforce. NHS Tayside is aiming to shed around 1,300 members of staff ...

Call to close 'often disgraceful' institutions for people with learning disabilities

Call to close 'often disgraceful' institutions for people with learning disabilities

05 Nov 2018 England

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has indicated he is ready to consider calls to close all institutions for people with learning difficulties or autism. The call came from Sir Stephen Bubb...

Paediatric ward closure sees nearly 1,000 children transferred from Livingston to Edinburgh

Paediatric ward closure sees nearly 1,000 children transferred from Livingston to Edinburgh

02 Nov 2018 Scotland

Almost 1,000 children have been transferred from St John’s Hospital (SJH) in Livingston to Edinburgh for treatment due to closures at the children’s ward. The paediatric ward at the We...

NHS Scotland to move to single digital system in bid to improve waiting times

NHS Scotland to move to single digital system in bid to improve waiting times

02 Nov 2018 Scotland

NHS Scotland is planning to consolidate its IT systems into one in a move it hopes will cut waiting times and improve patient care. The health service has signed a deal with Microsoft ...

Fresh concerns over bullying and harassment in the NHS

Fresh concerns over bullying and harassment in the NHS

01 Nov 2018 England

Almost two in five doctors believe there is a "problem" with bullying in their work place, medics have warned. The British Medical Association (BMA) said that bullying and harassment a...

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Mental health staff failed to assess danger posed by killer, coroner concludes

Mental health staff failed to assess danger posed by killer, coroner concludes

09 Nov 2018 England

A grandmother would not have been murdered if mental health staff had assessed the danger posed by a mentally ill woman properly, a coroner has concluded.Paranoid schizophrenic Nicola E...

Judges asked to rule on legality of teenager's 'prolonged solitary confinement' at YOI

Judges asked to rule on legality of teenager's 'prolonged solitary confinement' at YOI

08 Nov 2018 England

Leading judges are being asked to rule that a teenager's "prolonged solitary confinement" in detention amounted to "inhuman and degrading" treatment.Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Lor...

Young people’s views sought for inquiry in mental health support in Scotland

Young people’s views sought for inquiry in mental health support in Scotland

07 Nov 2018 Scotland

MSPs on a Scottish Parliament committee say they want to hear people’s views as they launched an inquiry into how youngsters with mental health problems access support.The probe is bein...

Webwatch: Young more likely to go online for mental health support, poll suggests

Webwatch: Young more likely to go online for mental health support, poll suggests

02 Nov 2018 Webwatch

Young people say they are more likely to turn to online platforms for mental health support than medical professionals, family or friends, according to a survey. A poll found that near...

Mentally ill woman 'warned she could kill to get admitted to hospital' before murder

Mentally ill woman 'warned she could kill to get admitted to hospital' before murder

02 Nov 2018 England

A mentally ill woman warned she could kill someone to get admitted to hospital hours before she murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) was taken by p...

Universities should work with partners to ensure student mental health support

Universities should work with partners to ensure student mental health support

31 Oct 2018 Education & Training

Universities should ensure they are working effectively with partners to support the mental health and wellbeing of students. The Office for Students (OfS) has said it is treating the ...

Council condemned over vulnerable teen left emaciated after being forced to live in tent

Council condemned over vulnerable teen left emaciated after being forced to live in tent

30 Oct 2018 England

A social worker bought a homeless 17-year-old boy a tent to live in, a watchdog has found. Cornwall Council even provided the "vulnerable" teenager with a replacement tent after the fi...

Care staff failed to act on warning signals ahead of killing, inquest hears

Care staff failed to act on warning signals ahead of killing, inquest hears

30 Oct 2018 England

Care staff failed to act on a host of warning signals in the weeks and months before a psychiatric patient murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) vir...

Chancellor announces funding for comprehensive mental health crisis service

Chancellor announces funding for comprehensive mental health crisis service

29 Oct 2018 England

A cash boost for mental health services will "end the stigma which has forced too many to suffer in silence", the Chancellor said. Philip Hammond said he hoped the extra money would al...

Hammond to loosen Budget purse strings after PM declares austerity in over

Hammond to loosen Budget purse strings after PM declares austerity in over

29 Oct 2018 England

Philip Hammond will announce a £2 billion increase in funding for mental health services as he delivers what is expected to be his final Budget before Britain leaves the EU. After week...

Family of prisoner who killed herself after 'bullying' launch reform campaign

Family of prisoner who killed herself after 'bullying' launch reform campaign

26 Oct 2018 Scotland

The parents of a young woman who killed herself in jail after enduring "horrific experiences" have called for a review of Scotland's prison system.Katie Allan's family said on Thursday ...

Webwatch: Concern of social media impact on rise in self-harm among teenage girls

Webwatch: Concern of social media impact on rise in self-harm among teenage girls

26 Oct 2018 Webwatch

Social media use has contributed to a rise in self-harm among teenage girls, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has suggested.The Cabinet minister also accused digital platforms of doing "ab...

Mental health spending must double by 2030 to gain parity of esteem, IPPR

Mental health spending must double by 2030 to gain parity of esteem, IPPR

25 Oct 2018 England

Mental health spending needs to double by the end of the next decade to put it on par with physical illnesses, new analysis suggests.Ministers and health leaders have pledged that menta...

Charity launch single amid warning on number of children facing neglect this Christmas

Charity launch single amid warning on number of children facing neglect this Christmas

25 Oct 2018 England

Around 200,000 children face emotional neglect this Christmas, a charity has warned.The Children's Society estimates 200,000 people aged 10 to 17 year do not get the support they need o...

Police plead guilty to restraint breaches after death of vulnerable man in custody

Police plead guilty to restraint breaches after death of vulnerable man in custody

19 Oct 2018 England

Devon and Cornwall Police has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches in relation to an emergency response belt that was used on a man before he died in custody.Thomas Orchard, 32,...

NHS stress-related absence in Scotland up by 17% in three years

NHS stress-related absence in Scotland up by 17% in three years

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

Stress-led absences in the NHS have risen by just under a fifth, new analysis shows.The number of staff absent due to stress, depression and anxiety has risen 17.6% between 2015/16 and ...

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

18 Oct 2018 England

A third of 15 to 18-year-olds assessed by a charity are suffering from mental health and emotional well-being issues.The research from Action for Children suggests that 33% of the 5,000...

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

17 Oct 2018 England

Around 50,000 vulnerable young children are living in households with a "toxic trio" of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, and mental health problems, a new report has found.The...

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Family of late Welsh minister Carl Sargeant in legal bid to challenge inquiry

Family of late Welsh minister Carl Sargeant in legal bid to challenge inquiry

13 Nov 2018 Wales

The widow of a former Welsh Government minister who was found dead while facing sexual misconduct allegations is to urge the High Court to allow her to challenge the legality of an inqu...

Cuts to state support for potential human trafficking victims ruled unlawful

Cuts to state support for potential human trafficking victims ruled unlawful

09 Nov 2018 England

Home Secretary Sajid Javid is considering his response after a High Court judge declared a decision to cut state cash support to potential victims of human trafficking unlawful.Weekly p...

Social services bosses criticised over case of mother with learning disabilities

Social services bosses criticised over case of mother with learning disabilities

09 Nov 2018 England

Council social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge who questioned whether guidelines were followed in a case involving a mother of three who has learning disabi...

Judges asked to rule on legality of teenager's 'prolonged solitary confinement' at YOI

Judges asked to rule on legality of teenager's 'prolonged solitary confinement' at YOI

08 Nov 2018 England

Leading judges are being asked to rule that a teenager's "prolonged solitary confinement" in detention amounted to "inhuman and degrading" treatment.Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Lor...

Council under fire after boy was placed with foster carers without grandparents' knowledge

Council under fire after boy was placed with foster carers without grandparents' knowledge

08 Nov 2018 England

Council social services bosses have come under fire from a family court judge after a little boy was placed with foster carers when grandparents who might have offered a home were unawa...

Children's worker used Manchester United connections to 'buy victims silence', court told

Children's worker used Manchester United connections to 'buy victims silence', court told

06 Nov 2018 England

A children's home worker accused of sexually assaulting boys in his care used his connections with Manchester United to "buy a form of silence" from his victims, a court has heard.Bruce...

Mother left traumatised by daughter's difficult birth awarded £75,000 damages

Mother left traumatised by daughter's difficult birth awarded £75,000 damages

06 Nov 2018 England

A mother left traumatised by her disabled daughter's difficult birth has been awarded more than £75,000 in damages by a High Court judge.The woman, who cannot be identified, suffered a ...

Girl was 'removed from classroom to be questioned by police over abortion pills'

Girl was 'removed from classroom to be questioned by police over abortion pills'

06 Nov 2018 Northern Ireland

A Northern Ireland schoolgirl whose mother is facing prosecution for buying her abortion pills was taken from a classroom by police officers and spoken to about the alleged crime withou...

Husband jailed for life for murdering wife and stepdaughter in 'selfish rage'

Husband jailed for life for murdering wife and stepdaughter in 'selfish rage'

06 Nov 2018 England

An electrical engineer has been jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 29 years in prison for murdering his wife and 11-year-old stepdaughter in an episode of "wanton savagery".C...

Leonard Cheshire disability wins legal fight after discrimination complaint

Leonard Cheshire disability wins legal fight after discrimination complaint

05 Nov 2018 England

A charity which provides care for disabled people and was founded by Second World War bomber pilot Leonard Cheshire has won a tribunal fight after a dyslexic former manager made a disab...

PC accused of raping girl had 'ambitions of working in vulnerable youngsters unit'

PC accused of raping girl had 'ambitions of working in vulnerable youngsters unit'

02 Nov 2018 England

A police officer accused of the rape of a teenage girl had ambitions of working in a unit dealing with vulnerable youngsters, a court has heard. Cheshire Police constable Ian Naude, 30...

Teenager charged with murder of dementia lecturer in Hampshire

Teenager charged with murder of dementia lecturer in Hampshire

02 Nov 2018 England

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a university lecturer. Police were called to the home of Dr Barry Hounsome in Southcroft Road, Gosport, Hampshire, at 5.30pm on Mo...

Mentally ill woman 'warned she could kill to get admitted to hospital' before murder

Mentally ill woman 'warned she could kill to get admitted to hospital' before murder

02 Nov 2018 England

A mentally ill woman warned she could kill someone to get admitted to hospital hours before she murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) was taken by p...

Prosecutors unable to take on new sexual abuse cases, claims Huddersfield MP

Prosecutors unable to take on new sexual abuse cases, claims Huddersfield MP

02 Nov 2018 England

Men suspected of committing "dreadful offences" against children are not being pursued by prosecutors due to a lack of resources, ministers have been warned. Labour's Barry Sheerman (p...

'Vile and wicked' grooming gang members jailed for sexual abuse in Huddersfield

'Vile and wicked' grooming gang members jailed for sexual abuse in Huddersfield

02 Nov 2018 England

Four men who were members of a gang that groomed and sexually abused vulnerable girls in Huddersfield have been jailed by a judge who told them their abuse "defies understanding". Leed...

Webwatch: Law Commission call for tougher laws to tackle online abuse

Webwatch: Law Commission call for tougher laws to tackle online abuse

01 Nov 2018 Webwatch

Tougher laws are needed to protect victims of online and social media-based abuse, a report by the Law Commission has said. The study, commissioned by the Department for Digital, Cultu...

New CPS chief pledges to 'build public trust' in criminal justice system

New CPS chief pledges to 'build public trust' in criminal justice system

01 Nov 2018 England

High-ranking barrister Max Hill QC has pledged to build public trust in the criminal justice system as he takes over from Alison Saunders as Director of Public Prosecutions on Thursday....

Care staff failed to act on warning signals ahead of killing, inquest hears

Care staff failed to act on warning signals ahead of killing, inquest hears

30 Oct 2018 England

Care staff failed to act on a host of warning signals in the weeks and months before a psychiatric patient murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) vir...


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Engage: How can we fix adult social care?

12 November 2018 Engage

Engage: How can we fix adult social care?

Most of us want to live interdependently – in lives full of friendship, love, purpose and meaning. We also want some independence – to make choices about our lives, and to be able to undertake the basic activities of daily living (dressing, washing, eatin...

Engage: New social work regulator to strive for a 'more clear and transparent service'

06 November 2018 Engage

Engage: New social work regulator to strive for a 'more clear and transparent service'

Social Work now has a new champion, albeit in the unlikely guise of the new industry regulator. As part of the 2017 Children’s and Social Work Act, the Government introduced a new regulatory body in the form of Social Work England (SWE). The new body ha...

Engage: Some care given was 'so bad that it would make you cry', outgoing CQC chief

06 November 2018 Engage

Engage: Some care given was 'so bad that it would make you cry', outgoing CQC chief

England's chief care inspector has warned of "shocking" failings over people in care homes.Andrea Sutcliffe, the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) chief inspector of adult social care, said some care services had put patients at risk of "harm and potentiall...

Engage: Millions underestimating cost of care by an average of £12,000 a year - Which?

31 October 2018 Engage

Engage: Millions underestimating cost of care by an average of £12,000 a year - Which?

Millions of people are underestimating the cost of paying for a care home by an average of £12,000 a year, a survey suggests. Which? found that 55% of people estimated a figure for the cost of a private nursing home place in their area that fell short of...

Engage: 'Unconsiderate' sex with partner can be worse than stranger rape - Germaine Greer

18 September 2018 Engage

Engage: 'Unconsiderate' sex with partner can be worse than stranger rape - Germaine Greer

Constant "unconsiderate" sex with a partner can be worse than rape by a stranger, feminist writer Germaine Greer has suggested. While rape by a stranger is "bloody bad luck", it does not necessarily force a woman to reassess her whole life in the way tha...

Engage: I was complicit in workplace harassment of young women - Trevor Phillips

18 September 2018 Engage

Engage: I was complicit in workplace harassment of young women - Trevor Phillips

Former politician and broadcaster Trevor Phillips has said he was "complicit" in workplace harassment of young women. The former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who has worked for the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, said that such behaviou...

Engage: Some frontline staff wrongly believe flu jab can make them ill, nursing chief

12 September 2018 Engage

Engage: Some frontline staff wrongly believe flu jab can make them ill, nursing chief

Some NHS staff choose not to get the flu vaccine because they wrongly believe it could make them ill, England's top nurse has said. Professor Jane Cummings, chief nurse for England, said some "myths" persist around the vaccine, including among NHS worker...

Engage: Dame Kelly Homes describes 'heartbreak' at mother's death from blood cancer

04 September 2018 Engage

Engage: Dame Kelly Homes describes 'heartbreak' at mother's death from blood cancer

Olympic athlete Dame Kelly Holmes has described the "heartbreaking" experience of losing her mother to blood cancer as she campaigns to raise awareness of the disease. The double gold medal winner spoke out as it emerged that more than half of British ad...

Engage: Actress Michaela Coel talks about 'therapeutic' writing following sexual assault

23 August 2018 Engage

Engage: Actress Michaela Coel talks about 'therapeutic' writing following sexual assault

Actress Michaela Coel has claimed she was sexually assaulted by strangers, but said that writing about it for a new TV show has been "therapeutic". Coel, who wrote and starred in Bafta-winning E4 comedy series Chewing Gum, told the Edinburgh TV Festival ...

Engage: Is the 3.4% spending increase enough to ‘save’ the NHS?

21 June 2018 Engage

Engage: Is the 3.4% spending increase enough to ‘save’ the NHS?

The good news is that the NHS has received a 70th “birthday gift” in the form of a 3.4% per year increase in real spending over the next five years. The bad news is that, although this may be enough to fight the current battle, it may not be enough to win...

Engage: The social care sector is a precious resource and contributes billions to Welsh economy

21 June 2018 Engage

Engage: The social care sector is a precious resource and contributes billions to Welsh economy

Most people who rely on social care workers to safeguard or support them will know the valuable contribution they make every day. The sector works in every part of Wales, providing care and support through a range of independent, voluntary and statutory ...

Engage: People with depression use language differently – here’s how to spot it

19 June 2018 Engage

Engage: People with depression use language differently – here’s how to spot it

From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful ...

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Webwatch: Children's Commissioner calls for transparency on data gathered from children

08 November 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Children's Commissioner calls for transparency on data gathered from children

A report from the Children's Commissioner for England has called on internet firms and toy companies to be more transparent in what ...

Webwatch: Young more likely to go online for mental health support, poll suggests

02 November 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Young more likely to go online for mental health support, poll suggests

Young people say they are more likely to turn to online platforms for mental health support than medical professionals, family or fr...

Webwatch: Law Commission call for tougher laws to tackle online abuse

01 November 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Law Commission call for tougher laws to tackle online abuse

Tougher laws are needed to protect victims of online and social media-based abuse, a report by the Law Commission has said. The stu...

Webwatch: Concern over online availability of 'lethal combination' prescription drugs

31 October 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Concern over online availability of 'lethal combination' prescription drugs

Anyone with a credit card can buy a "lethal combination" of drugs online, health inspectors have said as they called for the public ...

Webwatch: Concern of social media impact on rise in self-harm among teenage girls

26 October 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Concern of social media impact on rise in self-harm among teenage girls

Social media use has contributed to a rise in self-harm among teenage girls, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has suggested.The Cabinet...

Webwatch: New Apps launched on Understanding Child Development for NI workforce

19 October 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: New Apps launched on Understanding Child Development for NI workforce

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council in partnership with Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast and the Departments of He...

Webwatch: Facebook announces new tools to tackle bullying and harassment

03 October 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Facebook announces new tools to tackle bullying and harassment

Facebook has announced new tools it says will help users combat bullying and harassment on the social media site. The tools will al...

Webwatch: Government orders social media safety guidelines over child mental health fears

01 October 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Government orders social media safety guidelines over child mental health fears

Medical experts have been instructed to draw up official guidelines for social media use amid fears over its impact on child mental ...

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Study finds health services must address multiple conditions in dementia care

12 November 2018

Study finds health services must address multiple conditions in dementia care

Most people living with dementia also have at least one other health condition, and health services need to adapt to optimise their health and quality of life, a new study concludes. In a study led by the University of Exeter, most peo...

Universities should work with partners to ensure student mental health support

31 October 2018

Universities should work with partners to ensure student mental health support

Universities should ensure they are working effectively with partners to support the mental health and wellbeing of students. The Office for Students (OfS) has said it is treating the issue as a priority as it is important to students. On...

University launches probe into sex worker support group's freshers' fair stall

01 October 2018

University launches probe into sex worker support group's freshers' fair stall

A university is launching an investigation after a sex workers' support group ran a stall offering help for students at its freshers' fairs. The decision to allow the Sex Workers' Outreach Project Sussex (Swop) to attend the University of ...

Queen's academic receives first US-UK Fulbright Scholarship in Social Work for over 50 years

13 September 2018

Queen's academic receives first US-UK Fulbright Scholarship in Social Work for over 50 years

An academic from Queen's University Belfast has been awarded the first UK Fulbright Scholarship award in the discipline of Social Work for over 50 years. Dr Joe Duffy, a Senior Lecturer in Social Work from the School of Social Sciences, Ed...

Universities issue new practical guidance in bid to prevent student suicide

07 September 2018

Universities issue new practical guidance in bid to prevent student suicide

New guidance has been issued to universities dedicated to the prevention of student suicide. It was launched in Sheffield at the Universities UK (UUK) annual conference where it was also announced that new guidance is being worked on for t...

Applications for 2019 Addictions Counselling degree open this week

06 September 2018

Applications for 2019 Addictions Counselling degree open this week

Applications to study the highly regarded Foundation degree (FdSc) in Addictions Counselling in September 2019 are now open. The degree is a franchised programme of the University of Bath, delivered by Action on Addiction for Addictions Tr...

University of the West of Scotland’s £110 million Lanarkshire campus opens to students

03 September 2018

University of the West of Scotland’s £110 million Lanarkshire campus opens to students

The University of the West of Scotland’s (UWS) new £110 million Lanarkshire campus has opened to students. The site has been completed in a two-year project and includes cutting-edge research facilities, an environmental chamber and virtua...

Quarter of student nurses dropping out of degrees before graduating

03 September 2018

Quarter of student nurses dropping out of degrees before graduating

One in four student nurses are dropping out of their degrees before graduation, figures show. Data obtained by nursing journal Nursing Standard and the charity the Health Foundation indicates that of 16,544 UK nursing students who began th...

Children's attitudes to supporting autistic peers improves through collaborative music

30 August 2018

Children's attitudes to supporting autistic peers improves through collaborative music

Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Led by Anna Cook, PhD student at the University of Surrey, researchers found that the intera...

Global study suggests alcohol leading risk factor for death with no safe level of consumption

24 August 2018

Global study suggests alcohol leading risk factor for death with no safe level of consumption

Alcohol is a leading risk factor for death and disease worldwide, and is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths in people aged 15-49 years old, according to a new study involving researchers from the University of Sheffield. The Global Bu...

Therapy that helps people with dementia maintain lifestyles rolled out

24 August 2018

Therapy that helps people with dementia maintain lifestyles rolled out

A technique that helps people with dementia see satisfying progress in achieving everyday goals that help them live their lives is now being rolled out. The University of Exeter is leading a programme to train carers in goal-orientated cog...

Study exploring myths surrounding dementia successful in changing misconceptions

24 August 2018

Study exploring myths surrounding dementia successful in changing misconceptions

A pioneering workshop to educate university students on dementia awareness has been successful in changing misconceptions. The Dementia Detectives workshop was created by Dr Sahdia Parveen from the University of Bradford and was initially ...

University presents paper on digital storytelling in care homes at Las Vagas conference

16 August 2018

University presents paper on digital storytelling in care homes at Las Vagas conference

Professor David Frohlich, Director of the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey presented a paper from the Time Matters project, at the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference. The paper entitled ‘Mo...

Interactive research event seeks to develop services for trafficked children

15 August 2018

Interactive research event seeks to develop services for trafficked children

Dr Alinka Gearon from the University of Bath has secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to run a seminar showcasing her research on child trafficking services. Dr Gearon (pictured) from the Department of...

Survey finds few students feel £9,000 university fees are good value for money

15 August 2018

Survey finds few students feel £9,000 university fees are good value for money

Few students at English and Welsh universities feel that their fees of £9,000 a year are good value for money, a survey has found. Just 13% of students questioned agreed that "the standard of education and the increased wages graduates ear...

Medical school apologises after systematic manipulation of exam results to exclude women

08 August 2018

Medical school apologises after systematic manipulation of exam results to exclude women

A Tokyo medical school has apologised after an internal investigation confirmed it systematically altered entrance exam scores to limit the number of female students. Tokyo Medical University manipulated all entrance exam results starting ...

University of Chichester to host conference exploring death, bereavement and learning disability

13 July 2018

University of Chichester to host conference exploring death, bereavement and learning disability

The loss of a loved one is a devastating life experience for anyone but for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability it is additionally bewildering, frightening, and upsetting. It is important that the wide range o...

Education partnership in Bradford aims to develop high-quality social work training

06 July 2018

Education partnership in Bradford aims to develop high-quality social work training

A new partnership has been launched to develop social work education in Bradford. The Bradford Teaching Partnership will see a collaboration between Bradford College, Bradford Council and the University of Bradford to provide high-quality ...

Stirling academic to help World Health Organisation promote personalised elderly care

05 July 2018

Stirling academic to help World Health Organisation promote personalised elderly care

A University of Stirling academic has been called upon to help the World Health Organisation (WHO) promote personalised care for older people in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor of Global Ageing Ian Philp (pictured) was one of t...

University of Wolverhampton signs new five-year courses partnership with care provider

28 June 2018

University of Wolverhampton signs new five-year courses partnership with care provider

A partnership offering specialist courses to healthcare staff has been signed between the University of Wolverhampton and Compton Care. The courses provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to further develop their knowledge and s...

New university-developed tool to help police identify victims of coercive control

28 June 2018

New university-developed tool to help police identify victims of coercive control

Merseyside Police is piloting a new learning tool developed by University of Liverpool that should help officers provide an improved service for victims of the complex new coercive control law. The tool could be used as a face-to-face tr...

Minister urges university leaders ensure student mental health is top priority

28 June 2018

Minister urges university leaders ensure student mental health is top priority

Universities should take the place of parents and ensure they offer good mental health support to students to stop them becoming overwhelmed and "falling between the cracks", a minister has said. Sam Gyimah has called on universities to do...

Concerns as new data shows rising levels of suicide among university students

25 June 2018

Concerns as new data shows rising levels of suicide among university students

Concerns have been raised about suicide among university students as new figures show rates are higher than they were a decade ago. Data released for the first time by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also indicates significantly h...

Dumfries & Galloway social worker wins highest performing graduate award

20 June 2018

Dumfries & Galloway social worker wins highest performing graduate award

Laura McHarrie, a social worker with Dumfries and Galloway Council, has won the Andrew Cornwell Memorial Award for the highest performing graduate in The Open University’s social work programme in Scotland.  Laura (pictured, left) was ...

Universities study finds marriage could give protection against heart disease or strokes

19 June 2018

Universities study finds marriage could give protection against heart disease or strokes

Marriage may help to protect people against developing heart disease or having a stroke, according to research. Single, divorced, and widowed people are at a heightened risk of developing the health problems, a study involving universities...

Ground-breaking research to investigate benefits of music therapy on cognitive function

12 June 2018

Ground-breaking research to investigate benefits of music therapy on cognitive function

Researchers at Middlesex University (MDX) need healthy adults to participate in crucial research aiming to develop a novel test, which will be used in a study investigating whether music therapy sessions have beneficial effects in adults wh...

Survey finds students are shunning drugs and worry more about binge drinking

12 June 2018

Survey finds students are shunning drugs and worry more about binge drinking

Most students have not used drugs during their time at university and more think excessive alcohol consumption is a bigger issue, a new study suggests. The survey also found that a high proportion - 88% - believe drug use can cause long-te...

Edinburgh social work academics recognised in knowledge exchange competiton

07 June 2018

Edinburgh social work academics recognised in knowledge exchange competiton

University of Edinburgh social work PhD graduate, Dr Mary Mitchell and current PhD student, Ariane Critchley, have achieved success in the 2018 Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition; awarded by the Scottish Graduate School of S...

Stories to help children cope with mental health issues published by educational psychologist

07 June 2018

Stories to help children cope with mental health issues published by educational psychologist

An educational psychologist has created stories to help children deal with issues such as anxiety and depression. The Wellbeing Stories feature ten characters representing different types of thinking – including the Worry Wart, the Sprite ...

Funding awarded for research projects exploring children’s rights in family actions

06 June 2018

Funding awarded for research projects exploring children’s rights in family actions

The Scottish Government is providing funding for two projects, to be led by researchers from Glasgow and Stirling universities. Guided by an expert group of young people, researchers will identify the challenges and explore the implication...

New learning resources to support early learning and childcare workforce in Scotland

23 May 2018

New learning resources to support early learning and childcare workforce in Scotland

The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has launched new learning resources to support early learning and childcare workers at a Scottish Government event in Glasgow. The free digital resources will support the workforce at a time of m...

Six times as many London students starting health degress than North East

22 May 2018

Six times as many London students starting health degress than North East

More than six times as many students from London took up places to study medicine and dentistry last year, compared to those from north-east England, Press Association analysis shows. The figures come amid a push by government and the prof...

Most deprived far more likely to develop dementia according to new research

17 May 2018

Most deprived far more likely to develop dementia according to new research

Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL and University of Exeter research. Researchers analysed data from over 6,000 adults born between 1902 and 1943 and found that ...

Programme for Newly Qualified Social Worker conference in Edinburgh announced

17 May 2018

Programme for Newly Qualified Social Worker conference in Edinburgh announced

The School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh has announced details of their 2018 conference for Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW). The theme of the NQSW Conference this year is Building the future: Shaping ...

New SQA awards aim to improve young people's understanding of Mental Health

17 May 2018

New SQA awards aim to improve young people's understanding of Mental Health

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has announced that it is developing new awards that will aim to improve young people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing. New National Progression Awards in Mental Health and Wellbeing...

Flexible learning initiative offers care workers chance to develop new skills in South West

14 May 2018

Flexible learning initiative offers care workers chance to develop new skills in South West

Devon County Council is to give health and social care workers and job seekers wishing to enter the profession the chance to learn new maths, English, care and IT skills. Varied shift patterns and irregular hours can make it difficult for h...

Reports & Resources

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Report: Still Waiting - Review of Children & Young People Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland

27 September 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Still Waiting - Review of Children & Young People Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland

A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns...

Report: Going To University From Care - Beyond The Headlines (CELCIS)

13 September 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Going To University From Care - Beyond The Headlines (CELCIS)

CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) has published a new briefing going behind the common headlines that indicate ...

Report: Adverse childhood experiences and sources of childhood resilience

07 September 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Adverse childhood experiences and sources of childhood resilience

As the next school year begins, a new study has identified the impact that early trauma has on a child’s education and prospects for good future healt...

Report: Extended Child Practice Review – Elsie Scully-Hicks

03 August 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Extended Child Practice Review – Elsie Scully-Hicks

The Cardiff and The Vale Regional Safeguarding Board (CVRSCB) has published an extended Child Practice review into the circumstances around the tragic...

New To Care

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South Wales mum becomes tutor after taking course to manage chronic pain condition

19 September 2018 New To Care

South Wales mum becomes tutor after taking course to manage chronic pain condition

A mum from Neath who went on a course to learn how to cope with chronic pain is now helping others - by becoming a tutor on the very same course. Angela F...

Care experienced student follows her dream to become a social worker

24 August 2018 New To Care

Care experienced student follows her dream to become a social worker

Inspirational Cheryl Thompson credits her time as a student at the University of Chester with changing her life – and now she plans to use her new-found co...

New BBC series will explore whether volunteers can take burden off NHS staff

30 July 2018 New To Care

New BBC series will explore whether volunteers can take burden off NHS staff

A new BBC Two show will follow young people volunteering in a hospital to find out if they can make a real change in the NHS. The four-part series - which...

New project helping people into work in the childcare sector in Wales

22 May 2018 New To Care

New project helping people into work in the childcare sector in Wales

A Welsh Government-funded project that gives people out of work the experience they need to start a career in the childcare sector has been praised by Chil...

Career Advice

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Revealed: Top signs you might be for the chop and how to get back on track

12 November 2018 Career Advice

Revealed: Top signs you might be for the chop and how to get back on track

While being sacked is a real fear for many, over one in 10 (11.1%) care professionals admit that they’ve been fired from a previous role, with almost ...

Two thirds of care professionals believe their colleagues don’t work hard enough

18 September 2018 Career Advice

Two thirds of care professionals believe their colleagues don’t work hard enough

According to the latest research from leading job board, CV-Library, almost two thirds (63.9%) of care professionals believe their colleagues don’t wo...

Care professionals reveal job satisfaction far more important than salary

30 August 2018 Career Advice

Care professionals reveal job satisfaction far more important than salary

Over three times as many care professionals believe that enjoying their jobs (87.9%) is a better measure of career success, than having a high salary ...

Data deficit hampering careers of ethnic minority and disabled employees

30 August 2018 Career Advice

Data deficit hampering careers of ethnic minority and disabled employees

Most employers are failing to collect information on how many disabled or ethnic minority workers they employ, which is putting their careers at risk,...