Sutcliffe: CQC 'got some things wrong' in local systems reviews
The chief inspector of social care has admitted mistakes were made in the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) initial approach to local systems reviews.
Health and care reform challenge 'greatest since welfare state creation'
Health and social care face the ‘greatest reform challenge since the creation of the welfare state,’ the chief executive of the NHS Confederation has said.
Delayed transfer punishments 'frankly bizarre'
The country’s most senior care director has rebuked attempts to penalise cash-strapped councils over delayed transfers of care (DTOC).
Winter is coming – but don’t overlook the other pressures
Raise the profile of social work, cut out the arguments with health and stop getting sidetracked by the ever looming winter pressures, says Margaret Willcox as she speaks to Sam Clayden ahead of the National Children and Adult Services Conference.
Willcox: Focus on delayed transfers is short-sighted
The emphasis on delayed transfers of care (DTOC) and looming winter pressures is ‘short-sighted’ and arguments with the NHS are a ‘waste of time,’ a senior social care director has warned.
Cornwall may take over CCG's management
NHS England might ask Cornwall Council to take over the management of a clinical commissioning group (CCG), a damning report has revealed.
Councils can save £3bn on adult social care
Councils could save £3bn a year on adult social care services by reducing demand, a new report has suggested.
Carillion hit by £1bn half-year loss
Struggling facilities management and construction company Carillion has reported a ‘disappointing’ loss of more than £1bn for the first half of this financial year.
White Van Man on ... PFI contracts
When I was a lad my mum used to buy her sofas and fridges and washing machines on the never-never. You know, buy now, pay later, say a tenner a month for about three years by which time whatever you’d bought had fallen apart.
Selbie: To convene and influence is the USP of local government
Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie believes local government has a unique role in convening and leading places to tackle mental ill health. Sam Clayden reports.
We need a structural debate on prosperity, housing and health
Lawrence Conway says the sector needs to expend its energies influencing and engaging national decision-makers on wages, housing and a healthier living.
Friction rises as council leaders warn over Whitehall’s threats to withhold bed-blocking cash.
DCN in prevention precept call
District councils have called for the introduction of a new health precept on council tax to raise £25m for preventative measures.
Not laid back about leisure
Slough BC is investing more than £58m in its new leisure strategy. Cllr Sohail Munawar explains the motivations behind the policy and the wider role sport and physical activity has to play in urban renewal.
Councils win right to challenge hospital downgrade
Four Oxfordshire councils have won a fresh hearing over plans to downgrade services at a local hospital.
Edinburgh health chief departs post
The chief officer to the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, Robert McCulloch-Graham, has left his post.
Health and care 'pretending' they are fully integrated system
A senior health figure has warned that fundamental barriers to integration remain amid warnings the NHS is gearing up for its most severe winter yet.
Don't let the Government divide and rule health and care
NHS Providers' Saffron Cordery calls for unity between health and social care as the Government seeks to drive a wedge between the two sectors.
MPs back social care system overhaul
A poll of 100 English MPs has found just one in 10 believe the current social care system is suitable for the UK’s ageing population.
County call for targets rethink
Councils have called for the Government to rethink a threat to strip them of promised cash if they fail to meet ‘undeliverable and arbitrary’ targets.