5th November 2015 - Integrated care "critically important" for older people

In latest social care guidance, NICE calls for care to be integrated so that better, more person-centre care can be provided for the growing number of older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions.

Many long-term conditions such as dementia, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are linked with age. Since the population is ageing, the number of people with long-term conditions is set to rise by about 1 million in the next 3 to 5 years.

The best outcomes for older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions are improved quality of life, and increased independence, choice, dignity and control. These can be achieved through coordinated care that is person-centred.

However recent reports suggest that care is often fragmented and hard to access, and that some people are being treated as a collection of conditions or symptoms rather than as a whole person.

To help tackle these issues NICE has published a new guideline on older people with social care needs and multiple chronic conditions. The guideline provides services with a framework for acting more effectively so that they can offer appropriate care to those who most need it.

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13th November 2015  Unpaid carers save the UK £132 billion a year

Today, a new report1 from Carers UK and the University of Sheffield reveals that the 6.8 million2 people who provide unpaid care for a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one in the UK save the state £132 billion a year – close to the cost of a second NHS.3 

The report, Valuing Carers 2015 – the rising value of carers' support, is the third in a series looking at the value of carers' support to the UK economy. It shows a staggering increase in the value of carers' support since 2001, almost doubling from £68 billion to £132 billion.4 Researchers attribute this rise to a dramatic increase in the number of hours people are caring for, combined with an increase in the cost of replacement care

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9th November 2015 Giving adults voice, choice and control in social care

How staff in social care settings can ensure adults get personalised care and support. 

This document provides guidance on how registered nurses, care and support staff can enable relationship-centred care, and how they can work with others to achieve personalised care and support. 

The guidance is for staff across a range of care settings, including care home staff and carers who look after people in their own homes.

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10th November 2015 - Strengthening rights and choices for people to live in the community  Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, and Gavin Harding MBE, Co-Chair of the Transforming Care Assurance Board, announce the launch of 'No voice unheard, no right ignored' consultation. 

The consultation 'No voice unheard, no right ignored' explores options on issues such as how people can:
•be supported to live independently, as part of a community
•be assured that their views will be listened to 
•challenge decisions about them and about their care
•exercise control over the support they receive with a Personal Health Budget 
•expect that different health and local services will organise themselves around their needs
•know that professionals are looking out for their physical health needs as well as their mental health needs

The document also explores views on a number of issues relating to the Mental Health Act which were raised during the recent consultation on the revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice.

See supporting information pack for accessible meetings and discussions 

Since 'Transforming Care: A National Response to Winterbourne View Hospital' was published there have been some improvements but the system has not gone far enough fast enough to respond to the needs and wishes of people who need services, and their families. 

For more information see linkhttps://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/streng........


Dementia without walls – website resources  27th November 2015The JRF programme, Dementia without Walls, will finish at the end of 2015… but its legacy lives on. 

This independent website – supported by JRF and other key partners – will share many inspiring resources: images, videos, stories, blogs, audio diaries, reports and toolkits. 

The voices and views of people with dementia themselves will resound through every page. 

For more information see link








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