Proceed with caution: What makes personal budgets work? – Reform

Critical examination of personal budgets from the Reform think tank and how they have been used to deliver public services in the UK. It suggests where personal budgets show potential to deliver more effective, personalised public services, whilst also highlighting

Care home performance across England – Independent Age

Briefing from Independent Age that assesses the state of care home performance across England and looks at what is being done to tackle poor performance.  It uses publicly available inspection data from the Care Quality Commission to work out a

STOMP and STAMP: The Principles Behind the Pledge – NHS England

STOMP -STAMP (Stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both-Supporting Treatment and Appropriate Medication in Paediatrics) pledge resources for organisations and individuals that work with children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both

Relationships and sexuality in adult social care services: Guidance for CQC inspection staff and registered adult social care providers – Care Quality Commission

Guidance from the Care Quality Commission that sets out how care providers should consider people’s relationship and sexuality needs. It focus’ on issues like relationships, diversity and protecting people from harm. It covers a diverse range of often complex issues,

North West oral health survey of services for dependant older people, 2012 to 2013: Report 3: hospitals with in-patient facilities: (Dental public health intelligence programme) – Public Health England

The results of the oral health survey of services for older dependent people show: oral care was not recognised as an important issue in some ‘Care in your home services’ lack of access to suitable, timely and responsive treatment services

North West oral health survey of services for dependant older people, 2012 to 2013: Report 2: adult residential care, nursing homes and hospices: (Dental public health intelligence programme) – Public Health England

The results of the oral health survey of services for older dependent people show: oral care was not recognised as an important issue in some ‘Care in your home services’ lack of access to suitable, timely and responsive treatment services

North West oral health survey of services for dependant older people, 2012 to 2013: Report 1: ‘Care in your home’ services: (Dental public health intelligence programme) – Public Health England

The results of the oral health survey of services for older dependent people show: oral care was not recognised as an important issue in some ‘Care in your home services’ lack of access to suitable, timely and responsive treatment services

LAC(DHSC)(2019)1: Social care: charging for care and support – Department of Health and Social Care

This circular advises local authorities of the social care charging arrangements for 2019 to 2020. It includes details about: capital limits personal expenses allowance minimum income guarantee savings credit

Welfare trends report – Office for Budget Responsibility

Report that  focuses on disability benefits – payments that contribute to the extra costs associated with daily living and mobility for people with disabling conditions. It has two purposes. First, to explain the evolution of spending on disability benefits over the

Government Response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s Inquiry into Prison Health – HM Government

Government response to Prison health: Twelfth Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report – House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee The response considers: The state of health and care in English prisons Equivalence of care

Unmet Needs: Improper Social Care Assessments For Older People In England – Human Rights Watch

Depth interviews were undertaken with older people and their relatives (104 in total) in twelve cities and towns across England. Some said that assessors appeared not to understand their disabilities and support needs. In other cases, before beginning an assessment,

Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy – Carnegie Trust

There is growing recognition of the importance of human connection and relationships for individual and societal wellbeing. Values that were previously considered ‘out-of-scope’ – such as kindness, love and compassion – just might form part of the solution to some of our most

Public Guidance: NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care – Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance is for people who may be in need of ongoing care and support from health and social care professionals as a result of disability, accident or illness. It explains the process used to determine whether someone is eligible for NHS Continuing

Promoting independence through intermediate care: A quick guide for staff delivering intermediate care services – Social Care Institute for Excellence

Intermediate care involves working closely with people to agree what intensive support they need to improve their independence.  This quick guide from the Social Care Institute for Excellence outlines how intermediate care functions.

Robotics in Social Care: (PostNote Number 591) – Houses of Parliament Parliament Office for Science and Technology

Using robotics has been suggested as one way to help improve the quality of UK social care and manage increasing pressures on services. This POSTnote describes robotic technology and outlines the main ways it has been developed for use in social care. It reviews evidence on

Report into Children’s Services in Wakefield following inspection: Report for the Secretary of State for Education – Department for Education

This report sets out the findings of the Commissioner’s 3-month review and makes recommendations for the improvement of children’s social care services in Wakefield. This follows an Ofsted report finding the overall effectiveness of the council’s children’s social care services

Londoners said – Mental Health Foundation

Report on an engagement exercise udertaken for Thrive LDN by the Mental Health Foundation. Thrive LDN is a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners. The report recommends that they: Develop, train and support a

State of the North 2018: Reprioritising the Northern Powerhouse – Institute for Public Policy Research

The north of England has rarely faced such threat and opportunity. Brexit looms; budgets in essential NHS and council services are at breaking point. The world’s major, long-term challenges – globalisation, climate change, AI, automation and an ageing population –

Home Care In England: Views From Commissioners and Providers – The King’s Fund

King’s Fund and University of York report that finds that the market for home care providers is extremely fragile, with squeezed margins and low fees forcing providers to leave. In 2017 providers handed back home care contracts in more than one