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Council DTOC reduction targets ‘counterproductive’ to easing pressure on NHS

15.09.17: Councils leaders have today criticised the government for setting “last minute, unrealistic and unachievable targets” for reducing delayed transfers of care (DTOC). New figures from NHS England for July and August showed that DT...

London council criticised for poor handling of children’s complaint

08.09.17: A London borough council has been sharply criticised by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) after two brothers with learning difficulties saw care and support packages removed without their mother being told why. The Ombudsman’s inve...

Home care in fragile state as some workers lack basic skills and ‘common sense’

24.08.17: Major concerns have been raised today about home care in England, as a report revealed issues with a number of areas in the sector. The report, drawn up by Healthwatch, talked to 3,415 people, families and frontline staff across 52 local ar...

Councils urged to give adults in care greater control over their lives

23.08.17: New guidelines unveiled this week has urged councils to help adults in care have more control over day-to-day tasks like cooking and cleaning. The new measures drawn up by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) say tha...

CCN urges Hunt to drop ‘undeliverable’ social care targets

22.08.17: Counties have urged the government to drop plans to take vital social care funding away from authorities that fail to deliver “undeliverable” delayed transfer of care (DTOC) targets. The County Councils Network (CCN) revealed th...

71,000 extra care home places needed by 2025 to keep up with demand

16.08.17: The UK will need to make room for an additional 71,000 care home places by 2025 to keep up with growing demand, a new study has suggested. Researchers at the University of Newcastle came up with the projection based on studying various figu...

Breaking down silos at Health+Care

16.08.17: PSE’s Luana Salles and Josh Mines report from this year’s Health+Care show, which served to highlight that isolated working is now a thing of the past. The health and care landscape as we know it is radically changing. Rather th...

Underfunding leading to vulnerable children being overlooked

15.08.17: A children’s charity has this week raised concerns that vulnerable children are being overlooked by the current care system. In its report “Revolving door: Are vulnerable children overlooked?” charity Action for Children f...

Strong equal partnership ‘essential’ between councils and NHS trusts

11.08.17: An influential social care director in England has today called on councils to work with NHS trusts and be “equal partners” in order to drive better care outcomes across the country. A blog by David Pearson, director of adult so...

Concern raised as dignity and choice not being preserved in care homes

10.08.17: A major new report has revealed concerns about the state of care homes in England, including issues with poor environments, a lack of activities and not enough care being taken by staff to maintain residents’ dignity. The report, call...

Council apologises after man wrongly banned from visiting care home

09.08.17: A council has been told to apologise and pay compensation after it wrongly banned a man from visiting his partner’s elderly mother while she was in a care home. An investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found...

Councils surpass children’s social care budgets by £605m last year

09.08.17: Councils exceeded their children’s social care budgets by £605m last year, prompting leaders to warn that the sector is currently at a “tipping point”. In analysis from the LGA, it was also found that this overspend...

Sexual health services at ‘tipping point’, warns LGA

03.08.17: Local authorities have today warned that sexual health services are at a “tipping point” as services have been forced to cope with increasing demand and severe budget cuts. In a statement by the Local Government Association (LGA...

Families having to pay extra ‘stealth tax’ for state-funded social care

27.07.17: The families of around one in four care home residents are being forced to pay ‘top-up fees’ even though care for their loved one is supposed to be free. In the latest ‘Behind the headlines’ report by Age UK, it was...

Half of people in care at home have ‘unmet needs’

20.07.17: Over half of older people receiving care at home have unmet needs, a report from a key think tank and a number of social care organisations has today found. Funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research and conducted by Ipsos MORI in p...

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‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20/09/2017‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. ... more >
Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

20/09/2017Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

The government must improve its system for valuing the costs and benefits of its infrastructure to improve the delivery of key projects, experts ... more >
Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

20/09/2017Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

Birmingham City Council’s improvement panel is to stay at the city, despite the authority telling the DCLG that it no longer required its s... more >

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everyt... more > more last word articles >
‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20/09/2017‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. Speaking at the National Housing Federation confe... more >
Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

20/09/2017Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

The government must improve its system for valuing the costs and benefits of its infrastructure to improve the delivery of key projects, experts have today revealed.   In a report calle... more >

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How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

18/09/2017How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

Five years on from the introduction of the Social Value Act, Alison Ramsey, frameworks co-ordinator at Scape Procure, reflects on the key questions that prompted the legislation’s introduction. The Social Value Act was an important la... more >
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Support for councils following Grenfell

04/09/2017Support for councils following Grenfell

Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), discusses the wider lessons of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and what measures and assess... more >
A quiet revolution

04/09/2017A quiet revolution

Dermot Ryan, programme director at NHS Digital for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), talks to PSE about the importance of moving to the ... more >
Effective leadership in uncertain times

04/09/2017Effective leadership in uncertain times

Dr David Beech, lecturer in people management at Salford Business School, argues that continuous renewal and progress is fundamental to effective... more >
Refocusing professional development

04/09/2017Refocusing professional development

Graeme McDonald, managing director of Solace, discusses the importance of taking time out to focus on learning, especially in the ever-changing l... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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