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The number of days lost through so-called "bed blocking" in England is at its highest monthly level on record. Patients taking up beds when they no longer required hospital care took up 184,188 days in July compared to the 147,376 days in the same period last year, according to NHS…
Dr Robin Miller, Senior Fellow and Director of Evidence at the Health Services Management Centre of the University of Birmingham has produced a podcast with Ockham Healthcare reflecting on the relationship between general practice and adult social work. Based on University of Birmingham research and developmental work, Robin considers what…
The number of older people in Ireland looks set to almost double over the next 15 years, according to new research. By 2031, there will be nearly one million people aged 65 or over - a rise of 86.4%, a policy briefing from Social Justice Ireland has found. During the…
During the summer the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) worked in partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust to facilitate a Social Worker for a Day event for members of the Northern Ireland Assembly Health Committee. The day was part of a series of events which…
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) have fined Herefordshire Council over delays in finding suitable care home accomodation for a vulnerable man. Details published today by the LGO reveal that the man was left for 11 months in an unsuitable care home because busy social workers delayed finding him the appropriate…
Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, has praised a rehabilitation project in Flintshire which helps people stay independent and saves the NHS money. Step-Up, Step-Down provides short stay beds to support people coming out of hospital who are medically fit, but not yet ready to go home,…
An online tool containing the most current and accurate data on the health of the people of Wales has been launched by the Health Intelligence division. The new tool contains data to support the 40 key indicators outlined in the recently launched Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF), a new set…
Homeless people are too often given "ineffectual and meaningless" advice by councils which treat them badly, according to MPs. A report by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee blames an increase in homelessness on a shortage of social housing and the prohibitive cost of renting in the private sector.…
A county council has been fined £100,000 after files containing highly sensitive personal details of more than 100 people were discovered in a disused building. Social care files were found along with 45 bags of confidential waste at Town End House in Havant, Hampshire, by the new owners of the…
Home carers in Scotland are being "stretched to the limit", according to a new report. The survey of home carers by the Unison Scotland union found four out of five respondents believe services have been affected by budget cuts or privatisation, with the emphasis now on "quantity rather than quality".…
The number of days patients are spending in hospitals due to so-called "bed blocking" is at its second-highest figure on record. New data for England has revealed that people occupying beds when they no longer needed care took up a total of 171,298 days in June. It marks a considerable…
Glasgow City Council, working alongside Alzheimer Scotland, has announced the development of a framework to support high quality dementia services and help create a dementia friendly Glasgow. The so-called 'Glasgow City Dementia Strategy' aims to support approximately 8,000 people are living with dementia in city and 340 people are living…