• 60% of homecare providers rejecting referrals

    06 June 2022

    Almost two-thirds of homecare providers are turning down referrals due to staff shortages, according to new research.

  • ADASS: More than half a million people now waiting for social care

    12 May 2022

    More than 500,000 people are now waiting for social care and since spring 2021 there has been a seven-fold increase in the number of hours a week of home care that could not be delivered.

  • Counting the cost of care in Wiltshire

    08 March 2022

    Wiltshire CC has been considering the potential ‘eye-watering’ cost of implementing the Government’s reforms to adult social care, says Cllr Richard Clewer. It is imperative the council is fully funded to achieve the changes, he adds.

  • We need action, not a taskforce

    22 February 2022

    The Levelling Up White Paper announced a taskforce into the lack of housing with care for the retired. Michael Burton argues this poorly-provided sector is another example of the dearth of policy for reducing long-term pressures on the NHS and care.

  • Celebrating those helping to keep us safe

    01 February 2022

    Hertfordshire is proposing to use the adult care precept to increase pay for those working in care. The funding is the latest in a series of policy decisions to invest in frontline health and social care roles. Cllr Richard Roberts explains.

  • What reform of adult social care should look like

    22 November 2021

    Ahead of the National Children and Adult Services Conference this week, ADASS trustee Cath Roff outlines the four elements she believes should be at the heart of social care reform.

  • We need a complete overhaul of who owns and delivers adult social care

    07 September 2021

    Proposals to fund social care through National Insurance Contributions are not only wrongheaded but they miss the wider point of what ails the sector, argues Tom Lloyd Goodwin.

  • Delivering on the potential of home care

    06 September 2021

    Chris Thomas says other countries have identified the chance to put care at home at the centre of their social policy agenda – ‘and the UK should have the same ambition’.

  • Welcome to ‘the Age of Intermediate Care’

    29 April 2021

    An additional £1.3bn in COVID emergency funding last March ‘jump-started’ Intermediate Care, say Iain MacBeath and Ralph Cook. If this focus continues the results would be game-changing, they add.

  • Government should invest wisely to harness ‘robot power’

    25 January 2021

    Steve Carefull examines how we can create the conditions for initiatives such as cobots to be scaled into the mainstream to mitigate the UK’s social care workforce challenge.

  • Give local councils freedoms on workforce vaccination

    06 January 2021

    Councils need the freedoms and flexibilities to determine which parts of their workforce should be prioritised for vaccination, whether they fit the official ‘key worker’ definition or not, says Paul Najsarek.

  • One in nine care workers not tested weekly

    16 December 2020

    A government pledge to test all care home staff every seven days is not being met, according to a survey published today.

  • No place like home

    02 December 2020

    Building on its experiences earlier in the pandemic, Reading Council’s ‘Home First’ is its embedded approach for those leaving hospital or needing more support. Cllr Tony Jones explains why.

  • Digitising the front door to care

    12 October 2020

    A new 'white paper' report by consultancy Agilisys outlines how technology can help lead the rethink of the care sector. Author Steve Morgan talks to Michael Burton of The MJ about some of the solutions.

  • Using technology to help in the second wave

    08 October 2020

    The pandemic has opened people’s eyes to the possibilities of technology in social care and this winter the benefits are going to be more important than ever, says Mark Kennion.

  • Pay boost for care workers following tribunal

    15 September 2020

    A group of homecare workers have been awarded £100,000 in backdated pay in a tribunal ruling that could have further implications for the sector.

  • A Sisyphean task for health and social care?

    19 August 2020

    Magda Stainton at Veredus looks at the issue of health and social care integration, and ponders if things would improve under ownership of the NHS.

  • Is COVID-19 the turning point for commissioning?

    17 August 2020

    The coronavirus crisis has tested care to the limit, but it could serve as a turning point for commissioning, writes Ewan King.

  • The very big and the very small

    24 July 2020

    Chief executive of Shared Lives Plus Alex Fox outlines three ways we might move from thinking big to thinking small as the crisis moves into its ‘new normal’ phase.

  • The challenge of discharging post COVID-19 patients  - an OT perspective

    19 May 2020

    Councils need to focus on ensuring their services are in as good a shape as possible for the incoming wave of need. OT can play a significant part in this, says Nikki Thompson.