Health and Social Care

Charity warns of ‘unacceptable decline in life expectancy’ in poor areas

27/03/2020
A health charity has warned that even before the current pandemic the UK was experiencing a decline in life expectancy in the poorer parts of the country.

Health and Social Care News

Government issues guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

23/03/2020

Social workers who need to investigate child protection concerns should be admitted to the home while taking infection control measures, according to guidance.

Families living in poverty ‘struggling to keep heads above water’

23/03/2020

A children’s charity has launched an emergency appeal to help families who fear they will ‘go under’ as a result of the economic and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

New programme launched to support fight against ‘witchcraft allegations’

20/03/2020

The centre dedicated to fighting female genital mutilation (FGM) has launched a first-of-its-kind e-learning programme to address the startling rise of witchcraft allegations against children.

£3bn bed blocking coronavirus cash injection

19/03/2020

Almost £3bn of the Government’s £5bn Covid-19 funding will go towards freeing up at least 15,000 English hospital beds by the end of next week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

Devon CC’s children’s services criticised for ‘serious failures’

19/03/2020

Ofsted has found ‘serious failures’ in services for young people in Devon as they discovered a minority of care leavers had been living in tents.

Covid-19 forces Ombudsman to suspend services

19/03/2020

The body tasked with investigating complaints against local authorities has temporarily suspended its services due to the impact of Coronavirus.

Social care inspections halted to focus on the ‘global health emergency’

17/03/2020

The social care regulator in England has announced it will be stopping all inspections in order to focus on supporting providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councils secure funding to deliver preventative HIV drug

16/03/2020

Local authorities in England will receive £16m to deliver the preventative HIV treatment PrEP.

Yorkshire council criticises Ofsted rating based on ‘short inspection visit’

16/03/2020

A local authority in Yorkshire has said it is ‘disappointed’ by an Ofsted rating of its children’s social care services which concluded they were ‘inadequate’.

Budget 2020: £5bn emergency fund to fight coronavirus

11/03/2020

The Government has promised to deliver a £5bn emergency fund to help manage the extra pressures the NHS and social care are facing in the wake of coronavirus.

Jenrick launches taskforce to ‘strengthen’ plans to tackle coronavirus

10/03/2020

The local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, has launched a new taskforce to strengthen local plans to help tackle the outbreak of coronavirus.

Social care ‘crisis’ inquiry launched

10/03/2020

A Parliamentary inquiry has been launched to find out what needs to be done to solve the ongoing social care funding and workforce crisis.

Government to give volunteers job protection to help fight coronavirus

09/03/2020

New measures to make it easier for volunteers to help support health and social care services have been introduced by the Government in the fight against the coronavirus.

Service reform needed to tackle persistent use of Spice within homeless population

06/03/2020

Legislation has failed to reduce the use of Spice by homeless people, a new study has concluded.

Government announces £1m ‘boost’ to student mental health support

05/03/2020

Student groups most at risk of poor mental health will benefit from more targeted support through a £1m Government funding boost.

Two million over-55s in ‘dangerous’ homes

05/03/2020

Over two million over-55s are living in a home that endangers their health and wellbeing, an alarming new report has revealed.

Public health cuts ‘stall’ progress in children’s health

04/03/2020

Progress in children’s health and wellbeing has ‘stalled or is in reverse’ partly because of cuts to local authority budgets, study finds.

Number of homeless people admitted to hospital rises 130% in five years

03/03/2020

Homelessness led to a sharp increase in the number of hospital admissions in the past year, new research has revealed.

Study finds 64,000 UC recipients suffer ‘psychological distress’

02/03/2020

New research has found that tens of thousands of people have experienced ‘psychological distress’ due to the introduction of Universal Credit (UC).

Care leaders must promote ‘awareness’ of good practice in sexual safety

27/02/2020

Care leaders should promote a culture that keeps people in social care safe from sexual abuse and supports them in expressing their sexuality, regulator says.

Parents face ‘postcode lottery’ for expensive childcare, survey reveals

26/02/2020

Parents are paying 5% more for childcare for the under-twos than they were one year ago, according to an annual survey of childcare costs.

Council advises pupils to ‘self-isolate’ following Coronavirus fears

26/02/2020

Cheshire East Council has told pupils who have been to Italy where Coronavirus cases have been identified to ‘self-isolate’ as a precautionary measure.

Consultation on dedicated school leaders launched

25/02/2020

The Government today launched a consultation on plans to place a dedicated school leader in every school to help vulnerable children achieve more and ensure they attend lessons.

Life expectancy stalls for the first time in a century

25/02/2020

Life expectancy has stopped improving for the first time in more than 100 years, and has actually declined for England’s poorest women, according to a new study.

England ‘unlikely’ to meet 2030 smoke-free target

25/02/2020

England will fail to reach the Government’s 2030 smoke-free target unless smoking in the poorest communities is tackled, research has revealed today.

Carers of MS sufferers provide ‘35 hours or more’ of unpaid care a week

25/02/2020

Family members and friends who are providing unpaid care to loved ones with multiple sclerosis are ‘not getting the support they need’, according to new research.

Think tank launches £3m fund to support community ‘wellbeing’

21/02/2020

A think tank has launched a £3m fund to empower community organisations and the health and care sector to work together to boost community wellbeing.

Handyperson Services ‘unsung heroes’ in supporting independent living

20/02/2020

A new report has called for the work done by Handyperson Services in keeping vulnerable people safe to be fully recognised by commissioners.

Charity warns of ‘deep’ health inequalities

20/02/2020

A charity has warned of ‘unacceptable’ health inequalities in how long and how healthy babies born today in different parts of England can expect to live.

Cuts will lead to tragedy, health visitors warn

20/02/2020

Nearly half of health visitors in England worry a tragedy is waiting to happen where they work due to cuts to public health budgets.

Unpaid young carers work ’25 hours a week’, charity says

18/02/2020

Young carers spend on average 25 hours a week caring for loved ones – the equivalent of over £12,000 a year on a part-time carer’s wage, according to new research.

Majority of homeless women suffer mental health issues

17/02/2020

A new study has revealed that the vast majority of women who are homeless suffer from physical or mental health issues.

Councils cannot afford to roll-out anti-HIV drug

12/02/2020

Local authority leaders have warned that cash-strapped councils cannot afford to roll-out the anti-HIV drug PrEP without guarantees it will be fully funded.

Ombudsman reminds councils of care home ‘top-up fees’ duties

12/02/2020

Councils are being reminded by the local government Ombudsman of their duties to administer ‘top-up fees’ for people contributing towards relatives’ care.

Study finds a tenth of 14-year olds 'blighted' by poverty

12/02/2020

A tenth of 14-year olds are living in persistent poverty, analysis by the Children's Society has found.

Air pollution stopping children reaching sporting potential, report warns

11/02/2020

More than a quarter of children’s sports grounds have dangerous levels of air pollution, a new report has found.

Councils to receive share of £4.5m to roll out digital social care projects

11/02/2020

Sixteen organisations that provide adult social care services are to receive a share of £4.5m to enable them to roll out digital projects on a wider scale.

Research highlights under-funding of independent care homes

11/02/2020

Care homes operated by local authorities receive over 40% more in weekly fees than independent homes, despite no difference in standards or quality of care, research has shown.

Care denied to 700,000 older people, charity reveals

07/02/2020

Around 700,000 older people have had their request for care turned down in the past year, analysis by a charity has discovered.

Council announces £4.4m for ‘significantly declined’ children’s services

07/02/2020

Hull City Council has announced a series of measures to improve children’s services after Ofsted concluded that the experiences of children in care had ‘significantly declined.’

Scotland has ‘highest rate’ of homeless deaths in Britain, figures reveal

06/02/2020

Scotland has over twice the number of homelessness deaths than England, ‘experimental statistics’ reveal.

London aims to be ‘first city’ to stop new HIV infections

05/02/2020

Over 30 organisations have joined together in an effort to make London the first city in the world to stop new HIV infections.

Public health cuts leading to 'spiralling' STI rates

05/02/2020

Local authority leaders have called for more investment into public health services as a new report reveals that there is an STI diagnosis every 70 seconds in England.

Best practice to help children avoid reaching crisis point

04/02/2020

Historic underfunding and a fragmented system are preventing councils from stopping more children from reaching crisis point, a new report has found.

Local agencies 'woefully ill-equipped' to stop child abuse

04/02/2020

Children are being left at risk because local agencies – including social care – are often ‘woefully ill-equipped’ to prevent and respond to child sex abuse in families, four inspectorates have warned.

A quarter of population exposed to toxic air, charity warns

04/02/2020

A quarter of people in the UK are living in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution, a new study has warned today.

Nearly 300 children start smoking every day, figures show

03/02/2020

Campaigners have called for tobacco manufacturers to pay to end smoking after figures show 280 children in England start smoking every day.

Number of schools commissioning mental health support ‘doubles’

03/02/2020

The number of schools commissioning professional help for children’s mental health issues has almost doubled in the last four years, a survey has revealed.

Commission puts health devolution back on political agenda

03/02/2020

A new Commission calling for the devolution of health and social care services has been launched today.

Council offers pioneering family therapy to reduce gang crime

31/01/2020

Redbridge Council has become the first in the UK to deliver a ground-breaking family therapy service for young people at risk of joining gangs.

Maintaining performance image

Maintaining performance

The 15 strongest performing councils in adult social care have been highlighted in IMPOWER’s latest productivity INDEX. Ralph Cook looks at the results.
Revolutionising mental health image

Revolutionising mental health

Cllr Jasmine Ali explains how Southwark Council is putting plans into action to revolutionise children’s mental health in Southwark.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
£30300 - £41475 per annum + plus benefits
We are one of the most effective and progressive Children and Families Service in the country. Our vision is to support families through strengths bas England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Sustainability & Resilience Officer

Essex County Council
£30001.0 - £34017 per annum
This opportunity is to be offered on a 6-month, fixed term / secondment contract basisInterviews scheduled to be held Friday 17th April Job Purpose Es England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Social Worker or Senior OT - Older Adults Team

Essex County Council
£38400 - £46475 per annum
Interviews for this role will take place via video calling using Microsoft Teams.Seeking skilled, motivated Senior Social Workers and Senior OT's who England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Principal Litigation Solicitor

Thanet District Council
Starting Salary £41,676 per annum, with opportunity for progression to £47,508 per annum.
We are a small and friendly team and are looking to expand with a number of senior legal roles Thanet, Kent
Recuriter: Thanet District Council

Information Governance and Equalities Manager

Thanet District Council
Starting salary of £38,916 per annum, with opportunity for progression to £44,352 per annum
We are a small and friendly team and are looking to expand with a number of senior legal roles Thanet, Kent
Recuriter: Thanet District Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue