Social Care News

18th March 2019 - Disservice to older and disabled people by delaying social care green paper

The Chancellor’s Spring Statement has announced further delays to funding and reform of social care. A three-year Spending Review will now align with the Autumn Budget two years since the government announced its intentions to publish a green paper.

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) is calling on government to rethink and bring forward much needed reform.

While the government appears unable or unwilling to progress the green paper, says VODG, by contrast it is railroading through controversial reforms on mental capacity legislation. The swift passage of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill proves that government can pick up the pace of reform – if it so chooses.

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18th March 2019 - Disability services issue demand to Government on overnight payments

Long-running uncertainty about payments and funding for sleep in staff has created huge uncertainty in social care for many years. Current social care funding fails to fully recognise the contribution that staff make to improving people’s lives.
The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) representing charities that provide services for disabled people, today publishes a new position statement on the issue.

The statement outlines the national association’s “grave concerns” over the lack of clear regulations for the payment of overnight support. VODG warns that this will drive the social care market to move in uncoordinated ways and lead to “inconsistent commissioning and provision.”

VODG also calls for the government to set a new rate for sleep in payments, after full consultation with workers, employers, commissioners and other stakeholders.

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31st January 2019 - New learning resource on hypothermia  

The latest in our Learning from safety incidents series looks at the risk of people developing hypothermia and what providers can do to keep people safe.
Introducing the latest post, Debbie Westhead, interim Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said:
"Everyone using health and social care services should expect care and support that keeps them safe. With the coldest months of winter now arriving, this post looks at the risk of vulnerable people developing hypothermia and offers practical steps that providers and staff can take to keep people safe and warm."

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1st February 2019 - Carers' respite and breaks Survey extended

SCIE and Carers UK are developing guidance for commissioners and providers of carers’ respite and carers’ breaks in England. We are seeking examples of commissioning practice and service delivery across all sectors to include in the guidance. The project is sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Closing date extended until 15 February

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1st February 2019 - Older People and Learning Disability: New quick guide 

As people with a learning disability grow older they should have the support they need to live how and where they want. This new quick guide from NICE and SCIE sets out the core principles of future planning and supports practitioners to work with the people to plan for all aspects of their future lives.

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1st February 2019 - Taking a Stand Against Scams

Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK. People who are scammed often experience shame and social isolation as a result. National Trading Standards Scams Team evidence shows that the average age of a scam victim is 75.

It has long been suspected that victims of scams, specifically the elderly and consumers made vulnerable by their circumstances, experience deteriorating health, independence and loss of self-confidence. These issues can give rise to additional financial costs on the health and social care sector which could be prevented through earlier intervention and protection.

Friends Against Scams is an initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’. Adult Social Care providers are being encouraged to undertake a short online training course to help them understand scams, talk about scams and cascade messages about scams prevention and protection.

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4th February 2019 - Disabled woman wins court case to make necessary adaptations to her home

The Cardiff County Court has today ruled that a landlord acted unlawfully by refusing to allow a disabled homeowner to make necessary adaptations to her home. The case was supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Mrs Smailes has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which restricts her mobility, and needed to make adaptations to her home to accommodate her needs, such as moving the kitchen and the bedroom. Mrs Smailes and her husband own the leasehold for their flat, but a term in the lease prohibited alterations. When they asked the landlord, Clewer Court Residents Limited, to allow them to do this given their circumstances, they were refused.

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10th January 2019 - Support for older people in England  

Unmet Needs: Improper Social Care Assessments for Older People in England.

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10th January 2019 - Robotics in social care

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has produced a briefing introducing robotic technology and the main ways it has been developed for use in social care. It reviews evidence on the impact of robotics on the costs and quality of social care and its workforce, and explores the main ethical, social and regulatory challenges to its use in social care.

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14th January 2019 - Carers leave woman in pain after burns not detected soon enough

A vulnerable Blackpool woman was left “screaming in pain” with serious burns on her leg after carers left her too close to a hot radiator, a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation has found.
The woman, who had previously suffered a stroke, was being looked after in her home by carers commissioned by Blackpool Borough Council from ICare. She had limited feeling in her right side, and difficulty communicating.

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14th January 2019 - New research to provide virtual support for people with rare dementias

New research projects announced under the ESRC-NIHR Dementia Research Initiative 2018
Projects aim to improve the lives of people living with dementia across the UK
Four funded projects will address online support, health inequalities, lessening the risk of developing dementia and end of life care
A new project to create an online support network for people with young onset and rare dementias is one of four research projects funded as part of a £15 million initiative on research to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

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