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A new report from the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University highlights how taking a performance management approach can help Councils deliver outcomes and better manage demand in adult social care. The paper, co-authored by Visiting Professor John Bolton (pictured) and IPC Assistant Director Philip Provenzano, provides…
A University of Plymouth graduate has co-designed a new care planning document, known as the ‘Tool’, for empowering care patients and helping carers to better understand their needs. Nicola Wheeler, who recently graduated as a Clinical Psychologist, has developed the ‘Person-centred Wellbeing Care Planning Tool’ alongside Occupational Therapist, Rachael Gardner.…
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…
The website Care Information Scotland for people who access care in Scotland, and their carers, has been upgraded and offers a range of new services. The online and telephone service, which first launched in 2010, has now been expanded to provide accessible, quality-assured information to all carers, those being cared…
This new SCIE report outlines how commissioners and care providers can embed the principles of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) into care and support planning. Care planning is a key mechanism for ensuring that the MCA is implemented in social care. The report contains examples of evidence to illustrate what…
Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has announced plans to restructure its adult care provision, moving services to a council-owned care company from April 2015. The Arms Length Council Owned company (ALEO) will see approximately 800 care staff at the end of March 2015 being transferred into the new organisation on their…
A big survey of a controversial social care policy has shown more than 80% of its users say it has improved the quality of their lives. The poll of people who receive cash direct into their hands so they can decide how best to use it for their own home…
A couple were denied the chance of a stable family life because Royal Borough of Kingston took two years to give them their own personal care budget, a Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) investigation has found. The couple lived in their own flat till March 2010 when the man’s Multiple Sclerosis…
The Care Inspectorate and Citizens Advice Scotland have teamed up to ensure more people know how to access help when things go wrong in care services. The two organisations have developed an e-tool for advisers in citizens advice bureaux. This allows CAB advisors to gain a detailed understanding of how…
Vulnerable patients are to be given control of taxpayers' cash to fund their own treatment in the community under a plan to save money and keep them out of hospitals, the head of the NHS has said. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens told the Guardian that from April the…
For more than two years, Knowsley MBC did not follow proper planning, review and assessment processes for a young man living in supported accommodation, a Local Government Ombudsman investigation has found. The man, who is in his 20s, has autism, severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour and had been living…
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are to undertake a pre-consultation on the redesign of Homecare Services. Homecare services operate across all areas of the Western Isles and provide support to around 600 service users whilst employing more than 300 staff. The service has grown and changed significantly in recent years, with…
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