16th April – 2014 - Personalisation: a continuing journey


Many social care services have been transformed over the last ten years. Personal budgets, direct payments are a catalyst for changing lives. But unlike children who ask "have we arrived yet?" personalisation can be seen as a continuing journey, without a clear end point. Perhaps in the words of James T Kirk "to boldly go where no one has gone before" is more accurate.

It is not just about meeting individual need in a way that enhances choice and individual aspiration, but co-production and sharing responsibility with individuals, groups and communities for what is available in the context of reducing resources and increasing need.

It is also about helping people to remain as independent as possible and to reduce the number of people needing long term support. This is often forgotten and prevention is a key cornerstone of the Care Bill.

For more information see link - http://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/Blog/artic........



14th April 2014 - CQC: How we regulate, inspect and rate services


We're changing the way we regulate, inspect and rate health and care services. Please tell us what you think of our plans.

About this consultation - Between Wednesday, 9 April and Wednesday, 4 June 2014 we want to find out what people think about how we're planning to change the way we regulate, inspect and rate care services.

For more information see link – http://www.cqc.org.uk/public/get-involved/consulta........



14th April 2014 - Regulation of Health and Social Care Professionals

This project was a review of the UK law relating to the regulation of health care professionals, and in England only, the regulation of social workers.

The issues considered by the review included:

•The registration and renewal of registration of professionals, student registers, registration appeals, protected titles and protected functions
•How the regulators oversee the quality of pre-registration and post-registration education and training
•How the regulators set standards for professional conduct and practice, and ensure ongoing practice standards (for example, through revalidation)
•The investigation and adjudication of fitness to practise case
•The role of the Professional Standards Authority
•The regulation of business premises and activities
•The governance arrangements of the regulators, including the size and composition of Councils
•The systems through which the regulators can be held to account, including the roles of the Privy Council, Government and Parliament, and duties to consult the public.

For more information see link - http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/publications/H........



26th January 2014 - Think Local Act Personal News Update

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22nd January 2014 - North Lancashire carers sentenced for ill treatment FOUR CARE workers have been sentenced for abusing elderly and vulnerable residents in their care at a North Lancashire nursing home.

For more information see link: http://www.lancashire.police.uk/news/north-lancash........


Inspection programme to improve the quality of dementia care  22nd January 2014From now until February 2014 we will inspect hospitals and care homes in 22 local authority areas as part of a new programme of inspection. The focus of the programme is to understand the experiences of people with dementia, their families and carers and in particular experiences of moving between hospitals and care homes.

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22nd January 2014 - New guide for customer-facing staff to help people with dementia

A new guide from the Alzheimer's Society, How to help people with dementia: A guide for customer-facing staff, is for anyone who works with the general public in a customer-facing role, either face to face or providing support via the phone or online channels.

This comprehensive resource promotes awareness of dementia for staff in shops, businesses and services. This is one of the key areas of focus for communities working to become dementia friendly.

The booklet provides information on common symptoms of dementia as well as how it can affect people. It gives clear, straightforward guidance and practical tips on how to help someone with dementia. Sections deal with communication, the impact of physical environments and how to deal with difficult situations or someone who is experiencing problems associated with dementia.

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CQC finally heading in right direction  23rd January 2014The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is now better able to protect patients and the public, according to a senior committee of MPs.

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2nd December 2013 - Dementia care and support

This report sets out what is known about dementia care, support and research. It highlights where improvements are being made and where progress can be seen – it also shows where improvements are needed, including where better data is necessary.

It assesses the scale of the challenge of dementia and also looks at:

living with dementia
dementia education and training
dementia friendly communities

The report supports an interactive map where people can see data about dementia care in their area and across the country.

For more information see link:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa........


Jeremy Hunt says dementia is still not being detected early enough, and a Government map will aim to highlight discrepancies across England.

This would enable failing areas to learn from better performing ones, he claims, in order to tackle what he describes as a health and care 'time bomb'.

Fewer than half (48%) of people living with dementia have been diagnosed, according to official figures.

For more information see link: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-news/dementia-care-........