Adult social care

  • BT: Too many councils failing to engage

    21 May 2024

    ‘Too many’ councils are failing to engage with telecoms giant BT as it works to switch customers to digital phone lines, the firm has said.


  • Unlocking the potential of technology-enabled care

    20 May 2024

    Robert Turnbull and Alyson Scurfield look at how to build the investment case for technology-enabled care. An investment case must clearly and convincingly answer four questions, they believe.


  • LGA: Care Act hope has faded

    14 May 2024

    Only around two thirds of councils are confident of being able to meet all their legal duties under the Care Act by April.


  • Playing to strengths: prevention in a time of crisis

    01 May 2024

    Jon Burchell and Joe Cook highlight their new research, providing a model for understanding how and why strengths-based prevention works.


  • Political battle over National Care Service

    25 April 2024

    Competing visions of the future of social care have been set out by Labour and the Conservatives as they prepare for a General Election.


  • New ADASS president calls for community focus

    25 April 2024

    The new president of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS) has called for a community, rather than a hospital, focus for the sector.


  • Telling social care’s story

    22 April 2024

    As adult social care directors gather in Bedfordshire this week for the ADASS Spring Seminar the association’s new president Melanie Williams sets out her plans for the year ahead.


  • Call for action on the adult care workforce

    22 April 2024

    Ensuring care staff gain parity of esteem with the NHS and are valued by the public top the wish list for Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ workforce lead Carolyn Nice. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Co-producing adult social care – the art of the possible

    22 April 2024

    Alex Fox invites those attending the Spring Seminar to share with IMPOWER - at its workshop or on its stand - the stories of how their areas are approaching this period’s unique challenges.


  • Limited improvement on hospital delayed discharges despite £600m funding

    18 April 2024

    An improvement of just 12% in hospital delayed discharge figures was achieved in the last financial year despite a further £600m investment in the problem.


  • It’s time to supercharge prevention

    08 April 2024

    Nick Clarke says a focus on early intervention and prevention is needed to tackle the deepening cracks in social care, but the sector must take a system-wide view on what is working


  • Cultivating digital transformation in social care across Essex

    05 April 2024

    A programme of culture change, data harnessing and focusing on the future has enabled thousands to receive digital care services in Essex, says Natasha Corness.


  • An uplifting social alliance

    26 March 2024

    Young people with learning disabilities want to work, but more supported internships are needed. To coincide with National Supported Internship Day, The MJ and DFN Project SEARCH held a round table debate to discuss how local authorities can help. Mark Whitehead reports.


  • Care satisfaction hits all-time low

    25 March 2024

    Public satisfaction with social care services has slumped to the lowest level ever recorded, according to a new survey.


  • 'Grave concerns' over phone switchover

    22 March 2024

    UK mayors have expressed ‘grave concerns’ about the impact on vulnerable people of the planned phase out of the analogue phone system.


  • Southend-on-Sea says other councils soaking up supported living capacity

    18 March 2024

    Southend-on-Sea City Council has revealed a significant amount of its supported living capacity is taken up by out-of-area placements from other councils.


  • Fighting fit in Stockport

    13 March 2024

    It may be testing times for councils, but Stockport MBC is pulling out the stops to ensure its residents of all ages stay healthy, happy – and independent, says Cllr Mark Hunter.


  • Adult social care demand reaches unprecedented high

    12 March 2024

    The King’s Fund’s annual social care report published today found adult care requests hit a record high of two million while costs for councils have outstripped inflation.


  • Deprivation of Liberty backlog 'may never be eradicated'

    08 March 2024

    A report has called for councils to get more resources to tackle the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) backlog.


  • Local investment can reap national rewards

    06 March 2024

    Sir Bob Neill feels the Budget was an opportunity to provide financial aid for councils, which in turn will help the Government deliver national policies – but has the chancellor taken the chance?