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The dedication and achievement of social workers across Scotland was recognised when Childcare and Early Years Minister Maree Todd MSP presented the SASW Social Work Awards earlier this week. The annual Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) awards were held in Edinburgh on World Social Work Day before an invited…
Norfolk County Council is planning to step up the use of assistive technology in social care, with an emphasis on existing products likely to include devices using Amazon Alexa software. It is reviewing the technologies available and a proposal has gone through its Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee to approve…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has announced the appointment of Paul Martin and its new Chair. Speaking about the appointment, Chief Executive, Colum Conway, said: “I am delighted to welcome Paul Martin as the new Chair of NISCC, at what is both an exciting and challenging time for…
The NHS is working with councils to improve "housing health" to boost the wellbeing of vulnerable residents after a report found poor housing is costing the health service £1.4 billion a year. Home "MOTs", helplines for those who suffer falls, stairlifts and heating systems are some of the schemes being…
Adult social care costs could account for half of the local taxes raised by councils unless ministers rethink their local government funding reforms, a leading economic think tank has warned. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said there was the risk of a growing "funding gap" for adult social care…
More must be done to stop dying people having unnecessary emergency admissions to hospital, a charity has said. Marie Curie said emergency admissions for people in their last year of life can often be avoided if there is appropriate support in the community. The charity found that in 2016 there…
A legal action over payments for "sleep-in" shifts, which could cost the UK care industry billions if judges rule in favour of workers, has reached the Court of Appeal. Leading judges in London will consider two recent conflicting rulings on whether care workers who sleep at their place of work,…
A cap on the "punitive" costs faced by people requiring care is set to be included in the latest Government plan for reform of the system in England, Jeremy Hunt indicated. The Health and Social Care Secretary acknowledged there was an "illness lottery" which left people suffering from conditions such…
A new video ‘You can make a difference’ has been released today, World Social Work Day, to encourage more people to think about becoming a social worker. The short video looks at five common scenarios where social workers working in social care in England made a real difference in the…
Thirteen NHS bodies have been threatened with legal action over policies which "breach the human rights of patients". The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is launching legal action against 13 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England over their policies on NHS Continuing Healthcare. NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is a…
Scottish Care has released a new report which explores recruitment and retention of individuals working in the care sector. The report findings show: Employers have seen an almost 20% increase in those over the age of 45 applying for care vacancies. Providers are operating a wide range of workplace benefits…
By early 2019, clinicians across the North of Scotland will have access to an integrated digital view of a patient’s health and social care data through a new web-based portal provided by Orion Health. Jointly commissioned by four boards in the North of Scotland, the new health and social care…