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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…
The prospect of further cuts in social care budgets is very likely to erode further our capacity to provide vital care and support to disabled and older people; to ensure their safety and wellbeing, and to create conditions to underpin resilient, self-determining communities. This was the message ADASS President David…
The ALLIANCE and Patient Opinion are working in partnership to pilot the Care Opinion website in two local areas; Ayrshire & Arran and Fife. People who use adult social care services in these areas are now able to share their experiences online, with service providers then able to respond and…
The government has recently launched the MyNHS website, which brings together a variety of important health and care system transparency data. Visitors to the site will be able to find links to existing data on patient safety, efficiency, service quality, public health, social care commissioning and hospital food standards, all…
Social investment could play a leading role in alleviating the crisis faced in social care for older people, but urgent action is needed to make this happen, says a new report released today by Age UK and Big Society Capital. The report, ‘Scaling up Solutions to Social Care’, by London…
This Apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles on two pathways: the adult social care pathway and the health care pathway. This could mean working in the NHS, the private sector, local authorities or in the voluntary sectors. Social care is about helping people with a particular need, such…
The Welsh Government has set out how a multi-million pound grant will be used to support the essential training of the social care workforce in Wales ahead of major legislative changes being introduced over the next three years. In April 2016, the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 will…
One of my biggest criticisms of the way social care currently works, and where there is a conflict with the principles of independent living, is its distaste for leisure activities. When social workers seemed focused on the basics of keeping people alive and healthy, leisure is frowned upon as a…
A paper examined the United Kingdom market in care services for older people, ways in which to address market failures in commissioning, and how to reconcile the need of the public sector commissioners to contain costs with the need of providers to earn an adequate return. The paper argued for…
Following the All Wales Nurses Conference held in Llandudno on September 17 a task force has been set up to tackle the issue of nurse shortages in social care settings across Wales. The joint task force will be made up from NHS officials and representatives of the independent care sector…
Carers will be given better support if Labour wins next year with funding for breaks and annual health checks, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has revealed. In a key note address welcomed by a series of warm standing ovations, Mr Burnham detailed his vision for a new combined social care…
New figures released today show that the number of councils no longer providing care to people deemed to have `low’ or `moderate’ needs has risen by 17 per cent in the past five years. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) budget survey figures follow research conducted by…

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