Adult social care
NCASC: Sector 'slow in making strong case to Treasury for social care cash'
The sector has been slow in making a robust case for social care funding from the Treasury, says president of ADASS Beverley Tarka.
Social care’s new dawn
There are signs Whitehall is now starting to ‘get’ prevention and how to support people to stay out of hospital and residential care, says Beverley Tarka.
Council directors call for ministers to ditch 'senseless' immigration crackdown
An influential group of experts – including council directors – has urged ministers to ditch ‘senseless’ plans to tighten visa requirements for social care and health workers.
The King's Fund: Health and care lack shared understanding on delayed discharges
Health and care systems lack a shared understanding of the causes of hospital discharge delays and short-term Government funding fails to address this.
Fresh concern over police withdrawal
Council directors are concerned police forces could end involvement in ‘welfare checks’ as part of controversial care reforms to stop attending non-emergency mental health callouts.
Autumn Statement: not what it says on the tin
Kate Ogden says it seems likely either taxes will have to rise further, borrowing will have to rise, or the range and quality of public services provided will have to fall.
CQC issues verdicts in pilot care assessments
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has completed assessments of adult social care at five councils under its pilot scheme.
How Extra Care housing can help local authorities transform lives
Kris Peach shares the lessons learned from working with North Yorkshire Council to expand Extra Care housing for older people across the county over the past 20 years.
CCN Report - Winter pressure focus on home and community support could save £2.5bn
A new report has argued £2.5bn could be saved if funding to address health and social care winter pressures focused on home and community support.
Millions of pounds in extra savings needed in social care, survey reveals
Council social care leaders are having to find millions of pounds of extra savings this year as winter pressures approach, a survey has revealed.
Department's financial views questioned
Levelling up civil servants have told council chiefs financial pressures have eased but watchdogs have warned other Whitehall departments may be driving local government’s costs.
NAO slams progress on adult social care reform
The Government’s progress on adult social care reform has been slammed in a damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO).
Adult directors reveal limited availability of preventative services as NHS pressures grow
Adult social care directors have highlighted the limited availability of preventative services as the NHS adjusts its waiting list plans amid heightened pressure on hospitals.
Shaping the post-pandemic workforce
The Society of Personnel and Development Scotland (SPDS), which represents HR professionals across most of Scotland’s 32 councils, meets this week for its annual conference in St Andrews. Outgoing president Jane Fowler and incoming president Elaine Barrie outline the workforce challenges.
Getting people into care this winter: why a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work
With national one-size-fits-all approaches so far missing the mark, we must invest in bespoke regional initiatives to get people the care they need this winter, says commercial director of CHS Healthcare Seb Stewart.
New adult social care workforce strategy planned to curb staff exodus
Skills for Care is to develop a workforce strategy for adult social care after its annual report revealed 440,000 more posts will be needed by 2035.
Resources are needed to keep councils away from the precipice
It is becoming more clear a further injection of resources will be needed to stop more councils going over the edge – even those that are well managed, says Simon Edwards.
Mental health top reason for social care absences
New research has claimed mental health and stress is the most common reason for social care staff sickness and absence in more than 77% of councils.
£10m extra for most under pressure councils
The Government has provided an extra £10m for social care for those councils most under pressure as winter approaches.
Children and young people in care are at risk of becoming invisible
The Government must 'urgently look at ways to find more funding for children’s care and safeguarding, that will allow us to change the system', says Michael Hudson.