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As debate on the future of the NHS rises up the agenda ahead of the general election in May, the government can take comfort from our report on the British Social Attitudes Survey 2014, which shows public satisfaction with the NHS at its second highest level since the survey began…
The Department of Health has announced the expansion their Integrated Care Pioneers Programme which aims to promote innovative ways of joining up health and social care. The aim is to make health and social care services work together to provide better support at home and earlier treatment in the community…
The National Skills Academy (NSA) for Social Care have announced a March start date for their Front-line Leaders programme. Front-line Leaders consists of 3 modules mapped to the Skills Academy’s Leadership Qualities Framework (LQF), to the latest CQC Essential Standards, and to the Skills for Care Manager Induction Standards (MIS).…
The number of elderly people receiving social care from local authorities in England has fallen by almost a third over the past decade - despite an ageing population - a leading charity has warned. An analysis of official figures by Age UK found that the numbers aged 65 and over…
A further £100 million over three years is to be invested in the NHS to help reduce the numbers of people waiting to be discharged from hospital. This funding will be used to support health boards and local authorities deliver good quality care and support for people at home or…
Labour has called on the Government to convene an emergency summit of health, social care, council and emergency services to find ways to ease the pressures on struggling accident and emergency departments. Several hospital trusts have been forced to activate major incident plans to cope with a surge in demand,…
East Lothian Council and NHS Lothian have launched two consultations on the integration of health and social care in the East Lothian. In April 2015, the new East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership will assume responsibility for the planning and commissioning of health and social care services in the…
Ensuring that the health and wellbeing of Edinburgh’s half a million residents is protected is not a job that we take lightly. Edinburgh Council’s Health and Social Care department this year has a budget of just over £203 million to deliver support for people with learning and physical disabilities, older…
This paper reports findings drawn from a study of good practice in English social care for adults with disability and older people with severe and complex needs. People with severe and complex needs are a relatively small proportion of adult social care service users, but they are growing in numbers…
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) have released a number of statistical publications to update the health and social care sector on the latest available data. Published today are the following: Publication of the September 2014 Northern Ireland Waiting List Statistics ReleasesThe Waiting List Statistics Releases…
Scotland's new First Minister's pledge to crack down on councils over social care charging has been welcomed by motor neurone disease (MND) campaigner Gordon Aikman. During her programme for government, Nicola Sturgeon said "no terminally-ill person in the last six months of life should be charged for care", and vowed…
The latest Comensura Social Care Index – a report analysing the usage of temporary social care workers in local authorities – has revealed that during the period from July to September 2014, versus the same period in 2013, usage of temporary social care workers in local authorities increased by 6.8%.…

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