Carer support and involvement in secure mental health services: A Toolkit – NHS England

This toolkit aims to provide clear information for carers, service users, service providers and commissioners about how carers of people who use secure mental health services should be engaged with, supported, involved and empowered.

Voices from the social care crisis :An opportunity to end a broken system, once and for all – The Care and Support Alliance

Care and Support Alliance report on how the social care crisis is affecting the day to day lives of older people, working aged disabled people and unpaid carers across the country.  It identifies that currently at least 1.2 million older people and disabled

PHSO Annual Scrutiny 2016–17: Third Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report – House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

This report on the performance of the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO).  It suggests that as 88% of complaints they deal with have there origin from the NHS the government needs to take action to improve the NHS complaints system, properly

Messages on the future of domiciliary care services – Institute of Public Care

This paper explores 7 key areas of principles and suggests that there are 4 main messages that need to be heeded by commissioners and providers of domiciliary care if the service is going to be sustainable. The 7 areas are: The costs of

‘Why call it care when no one cares?’: An Age UK campaign report about how older people and their families experience the crisis in social care – Age UK

Report on a listening event that asked  127 older people and their families, around the country, in depth about the social care system, its successes, failures and how it could be improved.  It finds: Too many professional carers just don’t have

Children’s social care questionnaires 2017: What children told us about their experiences of living in children’s homes or living with foster carers – Ofsted

Each year, Ofsted uses online questionnaires to gather views about social care services. Ofsted uses the responses, along with other information like previous inspection findings or concerns, to decide when to inspect and what to focus the inspection on. This

One in four: A profile of single parents in the UK – Gingerbread

The report uses new analysis of the Labour Force Survey and Understanding Society datasets to look at who single parents are, what their families look like, their lives at work and their financial security. It calls for: Supportive welfare Sustainable

Meeting the health and wellbeing needs of young carers – Local Government Association

Being a carer takes its toll on a young persons education, physical health and emotional wellbeing. What can councils do to tackle these inequalities? Councils are under a legal duty to identify young carers and carry out assessments that consider the

The Fifteen Steps Challenge: Quality from a patient’s perspective: A children and young people’s toolkit – NHS England

This document, focusing on children and young people, is part of a suite of toolkits for The Fifteen Steps Challenge, which focuses on seeing care through a patient or carer’s eyes, and exploring their first impressions as a measure of the quality

The state of adult social care services 2014 to 2017: Findings from CQC’s initial programme of comprehensive inspections in adult social care – Care Quality Commission

Finds that while the majority of adult social services are of a high quality and many are improving, too many people across England are receiving care in care homes and from home-care services that is not good enough. It concludes

A Mental Health Act fit for tomorrow: An agenda for reform – Mental Health Alliance

National survey results on attitudes towards the principles behind the Mental Health Act. It finds: Deep concern that people’s dignity, autonomy and human rights are overlooked when the Mental Health Act applies People are denied opportunities to be involved in their care, along with their

Investigation into NHS continuing healthcare funding – National Audit Office

This investigation sets out the facts relating to NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding and, in particular, access to CHC funding.  Key findings are: For most people the assessment process for NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding involves two stages NHS England recognises that the

‘We dare to care’: Care homes and nursing at the frontline of our response to ageing – International Longevity Centre

Presents a compelling new analysis and evidence of why care homes are not only integral to our older citizens and their families, but also to the wider economic wellbeing of our workforce and communities. Care homes in England employ approximately

Hidden and unheard voices from the care home – International Longevity Centre

Provides a chance for the voices of the care home staff who participated in the Teaching Care Home pilot to be heard. Far too often, care home staff are underappreciated and research focusses on the larger-scale, macro picture. The purpose

The Pioneering Pilot – The Vision – International Longevity Centre

Sets out the core vision, objectives, principles and partnerships of the Teaching Care Home pilot. This pilot is a Department of Health funded programme of work, led by Care England (the leading representative body for independent care services in England). The

Stroke in childhood: Clinical guideline for diagnosis, management and rehabilitation – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and The Stroke Association

This clinical guideline is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guidance on how stroke care should be provided, covering the whole pathway from identification, diagnosis and management of children and young people with AIS and HS until their transition to adult

Turning Up The Volume: Unheard Voices Of People With Dementia – Alzheimer’s Society

This report contains the findings of a consultation with people affected by dementia. It reveals that nearly half of the UK adults questioned had not started saving for the care and support they might need in the future, and a

Perfect Patient Information Journey: Phase 1 Summary Report – Patient Information Forum

Reports on the first phase of research on previous efforts to embed information into patient pathways and engagement with patients, healthcare professionals and commissioners in order to identify key themes related to the provision of high quality information. This project

Stronger charities for a stronger society: Report of Session 2016–17 – House of Lords Select Committee on Charities

The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has published its report, ‘Stronger charities for a stronger society’, in which the Committee praises the important role that charities play in our society. The report stresses that if the sustainability of

Updated meta-review of evidence on support for carers: Health Services and Delivery Research 5(12) – University of York Centre for Reviews and Dissemination Evidence Synthesis Centre

There is no ‘one size fits all’ intervention to support carers, but there is potential for effective support for carers of people with dementia, cancer, or stroke. Carers of people with dementia might benefit from sharing their experiences with others, learning