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Too many children and adults are continuing to go into mental health hospitals and stay there unnecessarily despite the Government promising to change this in light of the Winterbourne View scandal, a report by MPs has warned. Six people were jailed after an appalling catalogue of abuse of patients by…
Nearly nine in 10 GPs questioned for a survey said they feared that social care services were not providing sufficient care for patients leading to extra pressure on surgeries and other parts of the health system. The poll found that almost three-quarters (71%) believed care services would worsen over the…
Children, the mentally unwell and other vulnerable people are being locked in cells because police custody is being used as a substitute for social and health care, inspectors have said. The majority of people detained by the police were reasonably well cared for but inconsistency of practices led on occasion…
Adults with learning disabilities in Omagh are being supported to live full lives in a new housing scheme officially opened by the Northern Ireland's Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey. The Omagh Supported Living Service, formerly known as Ashley House, provides high quality accommodation and support services to 16 tenants with…
It’s time to think about how we can accompany someone on their life journey when it comes to safeguarding, in order to make sure they get the best support. But is this really working in practice? The recent raft of reports following up on progress on the Winterbourne View agenda…
A new campaign which encourages Scots to act if they think an adult is being harmed, neglected or exploited launched today. The Scottish Government’s ‘Seen something? Say something’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the issues of adult harm and adults who are at risk of being harmed. The campaign…
An independent Commission to review the provision of inpatient psychiatric care for adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has been launched today. The Commission is chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp (pictured), former Chief Executive of the NHS in England and Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health (2000-2006). The…
Wednesday, 4 Feb, 2015

Webwatch - Great Minders

Great Minders is a new online platform which connects elderly people with DBS cleared local carers for general care and companionship. The service is designed to offer elderly or vulnerable people the option of sourcing a local carer to help with chores around the house, driving to a doctors appointment…
A national study of every NHS mental health service in the UK has found that high turnover of staff and more patient complaints could be linked to suicide risk among patients. Researchers from The University of Manchester’s National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness investigated…
Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells today launched a new community led initiative that aims to support vulnerable adults to live independently in caring and responsive communities. The ‘Creative Local Action Response & Engagement (CLARE Project) in Belfast aims to address social isolation, improve health and well-being and promote independence…
A new registered card scheme to help people with learning disabilities or a mental health condition has been launched in Wales. South Wales Police, Learning Disability Services and Mencap Cymru, have jointly developed a Keep Safe Card Scheme for anyone in the South Wales force area with a Learning Disability,…
Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2014

Webwatch - Community Catalysts

Community Catalysts is a Community Interest Company established in January 2010 by and working in close partnership with the charity Shared Lives Plus, an organisation that promotes the effective provision of accommodation, care and support for vulnerable adults within very small-scale family and community settings. Community Catalysts works to harness…