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In June 2014, a group of organisations came together to pilot a partnership programme to address the challenges of recruiting social care staff in Fife. ARC Scotland co-ordinated a pilot programme and facilitated meetings between Alzheimer Scotland, Cornerstone, Crossroads Fife Central, Gowrie Care, Quarriers, Real Life Options, Royal National Institute…
People and their families who use a range of different health and social care services could in the future learn more about what the quality of care is like across a whole local area as part of a new pilot project being launched by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) today.…
A new conference will examine the data sharing and data safety challenges faced by NHS Boards and Councils in Scotland as they prepare for the integration of health and social care. The conference will take place in Edinburgh (venue to be confirmed) on October 6 and will feature a keynote…
Age UK North Tyneside has announced the launch of EveryDay – the new name of its professional independent care at home company – an enterprise which helps people keep their independence and stay at home for longer. EveryDay will offer its care and support services to anyone over the age…
A new one-year apprenticeship which integrates health and social care services is being launched in Suffolk in September. The rotational apprenticeship will give apprentices the opportunity to work in different locations and enable them to gain experience of caring for people in different settings. Apprentices will work for four months…
Extra taxes to pay for a social care system that mirrors the National Health Service are being outlined by Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham. The reforms would lead to "difficult financial change" likely to spark unfavourable headlines but would allow people to keep what they have worked for if they…
The NHS in England has announced eight new further ''vanguard'' projects aimed at driving forward more integration between health and social care. The move will see the "transformation" of urgent and emergency care for more than nine million people by changing the way organisations work together to provide care in…
In July 2015, the University of Birmingham released a report ‘Micro-Enterprises: Small enough to care?’ The report summarised the findings of a two year evaluation of micro-enterprises in social care in England. It concluded that SME’s were found to be more dynamic and personalised than larger organisations and one of…
A man who was abusive to a social services manager after his son was placed for adoption has been given a suspended jail term. Kaine Hancock was given a six-month term suspended for 15 months when a judge ruled that he was in contempt of court at a hearing in…
Cornerstone is one of the largest care providers in Scotland, providing services to children and adults in 20 of the country’s 32 local authority areas. With a turnover of almost £36m and a payroll of over 2,500 staff, we are a significant contributor to the delivery of public services. We…
Caroline Sinclair has been appointed as Chief Officer to the new joint board that will deliver integrated health and social care services for the Orkney Islands. Caroline (pictured), has been head of service and chief social work officer with Orkney Health and Care, a partnership arrangement between NHS Orkney and…
Patients have provided "thousands of shocking stories" about being discharged from hospital without the right care and support. Healthwatch England said its report has uncovered a "number of common basic failings" including hospitals not routinely asking patients if they have anywhere to be discharged to, details of new medications not…