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The international expert who authored a report to transform Northern Ireland's health care system has said he is not concerned about the lack of devolved government to drive it. Almost two years ago, Professor Rafael Bengoa made a number of radical recommendations to make the health and social care system…
Adult social care is increasingly fragile and requires more short-term Government funding to tide it over until reform measures are introduced, a report warns. Despite a £2.3 billion boost this year the sector remains at risk from market failures, reduced investment in prevention and the continuing knock-on from the NHS…
Children are being pushed towards violent street gangs by a social care system that focuses money on a small number of the most serious cases, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned. A report commissioned by Anne Longfield found that £4.3 billion - around half of the children's services budget…
Northern Ireland's Chief Social Worker, Sean Holland, has today called on carers to get involved in discussions on the reform of Adult Care. His call was made as the Department of Health announced the start of recruitment of family carers to join an Independent Expert Carers Panel as part of…
Government plans to integrate health and social care in England are in danger of being undermined by public distrust and suspicion, MPs have warned. The Commons Health and Social Care Committee said ministers had failed to set out a "clear and compelling explanation" of what their reforms were intended to…
Staff working in adult residential care and nursing homes in Wales will be eligible for free flu vaccinations through NHS community pharmacies from this winter, Health and Social Services Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced. NHS healthcare staff are already offered flu vaccination by NHS employers as part of occupational health…
Failures across health and social care led to around 1.5 million emergency admissions to hospital that could have been avoided, MPs have said. Nearly a quarter of the urgent admissions in 2016/17 would not have happened if services had been more effective, according to the Public Accounts Committee. It said…
Northern Ireland's Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) have today launched a new Membership Scheme aimed at users of health and social care services, their families and friends. The aim of the scheme is to help RQIA improve its engagement with service users and improve on the design and deliverly…
The Review of Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formulae proposes a new formula to be used with the Local Government Finance Settlement. The Review of Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formulae was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care in 2012. It was produced by the…
The Government is being urged to reform the social security system after a new study revealed that 1.5 million people are "destitute". Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found that people classed as destitute often went without food, heating or lighting in their home and had sometimes slept rough.…
New Government measures aimed at supporting carers have drawn a mixed response. The two-year action plan includes a scheme to boost employment help for carers, and a £500,000 innovations fund to find fresh methods of support. The MS Society expressed concern at a lack of "any real commitment" to increase…
Adult social care employers contribute £38.5 billion to the English economy according to a new report published today. ‘The Economic Value of the Adult Social Care Sector – England’ report was commissioned by Skills for Care and Development who wanted to find out the extent of the economic impact of…
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