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This Health and Social Care Information Centre summary provides information about the money spent on adult social care by the social services departments of Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England. It contains information taken from CASSR administrative systems used to record personal social services expenditure and income.…
Skills for Health has launched a consultation to gather further views on the Code of Conduct for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England. Published in March 2013, the Code of Conduct was developed by Skills for Health and Skills for Care. The organisations were originally asked…
The first two reports have been published following a pioneering new approach to inspecting health and social care services for older people in Scotland. Joint inspection teams from Scotland’s social care scrutiny and improvement body, the Care Inspectorate, and the scrutiny and improvement body for healthcare providers, Healthcare Improvement Scotland,…
A report provided findings of the independent evaluation of the Social Work Practice with Adults (SWPwA) pilots. SWPwA's were organizations independent of local authorities that were contracted to support adults in the community, carrying out functions that were previously the duty of local authorities. Chapter topics included the setting up…
NHS Highland has a new director of adult social care. She is 46-year-old Joanna Macdonald who takes over from Brian Robertson who has retired. Ms Macdonald has vast experience in social work, having started her career as a relief general assistant at Invernevis care home in Fort William – a…
People using adult social care services in Scotland will have the opportunity to share and compare their experiences when a new website, Care Opinion, launches this autumn. The one-year pilot will enable social care users, and their families, to give public feedback on their care and share their stories with…
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has published its review of local government complaints for 2013/14. For the first time the report provides complaint statistics for each English local authority, all in one place. The LGO provides this information to councils each year in a set of annual letters. The report…
Health workers should take advantage of significant life events among the middle-aged to get them to be healthier, new NHS guidance suggests. People whose children are leaving the nest, those who are going through the menopause, or taking retirement should be targeted to be encouraged to be fitter and to…
Fourteen charities which provide services in Cornwall will have funding stopped in July affecting hundreds of vulnerable adults across the county. Some of the providers affected include Cornwall Stroke Support, Headway Cornwall and the Red Cross Home from Hospital Service. Cornwall Council said the groups had been given short-term funding…
Baroness Kingsmill’s independent report for the Labour Party paints a disturbing picture of working conditions in the adult care sector. Her findings highlight underlying issues that have not been fully addressed in the wider debate about the pressures on social care services. They remind us that, whatever the future pressures,…
A survey of over 100,000 people has found that the majority of GP patients and social care users report a positive experience of their care. However, an overarching finding was that respondents were slightly less positive about GP and out of hours services than in the previous survey in 2011/12.…
Complaints to the local government ombudsman about adult social care in England have more than doubled over the last four years, it has been revealed. Local government ombudsman Jane Martin said the body received 2,456 complaints and inquiries about adult social care last year, a 13.8% increase since 2012 and…