The sector must be heard
Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.
Call to arms: sector must speak with one voice
Local government has been urged to shine a spotlight on the important agendas likely to be crowded out by Brexit wrangling and the General Election.
EXCLUSIVE: Diversity gap plaguing sector leadership roles
Chief executives have been urged to embrace diversity after exclusive research revealed fears that women and minority groups were continuing to hit a glass ceiling.
The benefits of place-based care and support
A fast-changing provider landscape is emerging in health and social care. Ewan King outlines what a place-based system should include and some of the challenges ahead.
Health and care integration must start with Whitehall departments
Tracie Evans argues integrated health and social care outcomes may be difficult to reach unless policy and funding is integrated at the government end.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh bed-blocking fine threat looming
Councils are facing a fresh risk of NHS fines for ‘bed-blocking’ as health bodies struggle to hit new Treasury targets to reduce deficits.
Shaping social care markets
Whatever the national funding and policy configuration, commissioners and providers need to reinvent their relationship, write Frank Curran and Catherine Taylor.
Advanced deal to kick-start digital overhaul
East Hertfordshire DC has signed a five-year contract with IT firm Advanced to kick-start the digital transformation of its finance operations.
Collective responsibility and local action can combat modern slavery
Multi-agency working, sharing best practice and raising local awareness are the only ways for councils and their partners to eradicate modern slavery, argues Meenal Sachdev.
Councils can’t be junior partners in STPs
Helen McKenna explains the vital role local government must play in health and care transformation plans.
Relationships between councils and the NHS are becoming ever closer but could joint working lead to difficult conflicts of interest for local authorities? Mike Waites reports.
In the same boat?
Dan Peters talks to key figures in the sector about the future for health and social care integration and whether the Government’s National 2020 target is feasible
Let’s get our voices heard
iMPOWER’s Jeremy Cooper says ‘solving’ the problem of delayed transfers is not as simple as merely throwing £1bn at it.
Stark choices – higher taxes or fewer services?
It is time for an honest debate about what we want from our public services, says Heather Jameson.
Integration future called into question
The future of health and social care integration has been called into question after the NHS signalled a major shift towards an increasingly provider-driven system.
'Divide and rule' approach threatens health and care relationships
The Government’s ‘divide and rule’ tactics could create a rift in what has been a blossoming relationship between NHS and local government, a senior health sector figure has warned.
Only transformation will make care sustainable
Dr Andrew Larner argues that, along with some dedicated funding, transformation could provide part of a solution that delivers sustainable change in adult social care.
Is social care making progress?
Dr Jonathan Carr-West looks at the major questions the Government’s upcoming green paper on social care funding will have to address.
To be smart, councils must first be open
Emerging technologies will allow councils to go beyond the usual glamour associated with them. Abigail Gilbert explains.
Putting an end to modern-day slavery
Pete Bungard explains why councils need to take a leading role in eradicating modern slavery.