Health and Social Care

Think tank launches new strategy to tackle ‘poor health outcomes’

24/01/2020
The King’s Fund has announced a new strategy which places a ‘stronger focus’ on improving health and care services for people who currently have the poorest health outcomes.

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Youth service funding cut by 70% over decade

20/01/2020

A whole generation of young people have been ‘robbed’ of youth centres due to cuts, a union has warned.

London boroughs welcome ‘substantial progress’ in reducing HIV

17/01/2020

Local authorities in London have welcomed new figures which show substantial progress on reducing HIV rates in the capital.

Union calls for Sanctuary Care homes to be brought ‘back in-house’

14/01/2020

Unite is urging councils who have contracts with Sanctuary Care to bring them ‘in-house’ after a criminal investigation was launched into one of its homes.

Funding cuts put 2030 smokefree target ‘at risk’

14/01/2020

Funding shortages for local tobacco control could put the 2030 smokefree target at risk, campaigners have warned today.

Council apologises for ‘significant failings’ in SEND provision

14/01/2020

Richmond council has acknowledged that there were ‘significant failings’ in its provision of special educational needs and disability services after a critical Ombudsman report.

Parents forced to wait 18 months for autism diagnosis

14/01/2020

Parents are facing a wait of more than 18 months to find out if their child has autism, a new poll has revealed.

Thirty councils accused of ‘short changing’ independent care homes

13/01/2020

A charity has found 30 councils are paying less than £500 a week for an older person in an independent residential care home, the equivalent of just £2.97 per hour.

Air pollution 'major public health emergency’, charity warns

13/01/2020

Heart and circulatory disease deaths attributed to particulate matter air pollution could exceed 160,000 over the next decade in the UK, according to a health charity.

A quarter of children rejected for mental health support, report finds

10/01/2020

More than a quarter of young people referred for mental health treatment are being turned away from help, a new report has revealed.

Cuts drive up the number of children in care by nearly 30%

09/01/2020

Council chiefs have warned that the care system is ‘reaching breaking point’ as figures reveal that the number of children in care has risen by more than a quarter over the past decade.

Report calls for end of 'age apartheid'

07/01/2020

Radical action is needed to create ‘a country for all ages’ by 2030, according to a report published today.

Parents of children with mental health issues left to ‘fend for themselves’

03/01/2020

Seven out of 10 parents with children who suffer from mental health problems say they fear for their children due to poor quality of mental health services.

Councils thank ‘festive force’ of care workers

24/12/2019

Local authority leaders in London have thanked the 22,000 care workers who will be working on Christmas day this year.

Thousands of children passed around care system ‘like parcels’, report warns

24/12/2019

A new report published today has revealed that thousands of children in the care system are living ‘many miles’ away from family and friends.

Half of young carers ‘feel responsible’ for providing a good Christmas

20/12/2019

Nearly half of young carers feel responsible for giving their family a good Christmas, according to a new survey.

Elderly save the state £23bn a year by providing unpaid care

19/12/2019

A new study has revealed how some of the oldest in society save the health and care system £23bn a year by providing free care to loved ones.

‘Inadequate’ West Sussex children’s services moved to trust

18/12/2019

West Sussex County Council’s children’s services have been moved into an independent trust after Ofsted found they were ‘inadequate’.

Children’s home closed due to safeguarding concerns

17/12/2019

A specialist children’s home in Gloucestershire has temporarily closed because of safeguarding and safety concerns.

Foster carers experience high-levels of ‘burnout’, study reveals

16/12/2019

Psychologists have called for more support to be provided to foster carers after a new study reveals the extent of ‘burnout’ in the sector.

Foster parents at risk of burnout and stress, study warns

12/12/2019

Foster carers are more likely to suffer from secondary traumatic stress due to their exposure to the trauma stories of their foster children, a study has revealed.

Council fined £500,000 after death of woman with dementia

10/12/2019

A council has been fined half a million pounds and has apologised following the death at one of their care homes of a woman with dementia.

New figures reveal exercise inequalities

06/12/2019

Children from less affluent families are less likely to participate in physical activity than their wealthier peers.

Majority of people support tax rises to solve social care crisis

06/12/2019

Two thirds of people want tax increases to pay for health and social care, a new poll has revealed.

Air pollution like smoking 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns

05/12/2019

People living in areas that have high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of death equivalent to smoking over 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns.

Council fined over £1m after child suffers ‘life-changing head injury'

05/12/2019

Hampshire County Council has been fined £1.4m after a child suffered a head injury caused by an unsecured street bollard.

Bed delays to hit 2.5m days since last election

04/12/2019

More than 2.5m bed days will have been lost in the NHS due to a lack of social care since the last General Election, new analysis has concluded.

Major parties ‘fall short’ on social care funding commitments

04/12/2019

None of the three major parties have pledged enough in social care funding to fix the ongoing crisis in care provision, a health think tank has concluded.

Overdose victims in Glasgow saved 17 times in four months

04/12/2019

Glasgow Council has released figures showing that overdose victims were revived 17 times in four months at its night shelter.

Councils warn FGM is still under-reported

29/11/2019

There have been 22,500 new cases of FGM identified in the past four years, according to new figures published by NHS Digital.

Charity warns child cruelty is rising every year

28/11/2019

The number of child cruelty and neglect offences have risen every year for the past five years, new analysis has shown.

Nine in 10 care directors concerned at winter pressures

27/11/2019

More than 90% of adult care directors are concerned at their ability to cope with winter pressures or provider failure, a survey has found.

Bristol accused of 'abject failure' over SEND care plans

26/11/2019

An overhaul of services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is under way at Bristol City Council, after it failed to meet deadlines for families applying for support.

Two thirds of adults ‘unpaid carers’, study reveals

22/11/2019

Two thirds of UK adults can expect to care unpaid for a loved one in their lifetime, according to research from the universities of Sheffield and Birmingham.

Hedges around parks can halve pollution, study finds

21/11/2019

Planting a hedge in front of a park can cut air pollution in half, a new study has found.

Victims of domestic abuse let down by 'fragmented' system

21/11/2019

Victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence are being let down by 'inconsistent, complex and short term' services in Wales, according to a new report.

Blueprint for social care reform puts ‘relationships over bureaucracy’

20/11/2019

A new model for social care promises to 'put relationships over bureaucracy'.

Nearly 500,000 children ‘worried’ about mental health

20/11/2019

Almost half a million children who are worried about their feelings or behaviour are not asking anyone for help, according to campaigners.

Guide to help councils look after people with ‘several health problems’ published

19/11/2019

A new guidebook shows how people with several health problems can best be looked after by local authorities and other agencies working together.

Social prescribing does not achieve ‘meaningful’ health outcomes, study says

19/11/2019

Council chiefs have defended social prescribing after researchers argue the practice does not ‘achieve meaningful levels’ of health and well-being changes.

Over 22,000 young people face homelessness this Christmas

18/11/2019

A charity has warned that tens of thousands of young people in England will be homeless or at risk of homelessness this Christmas.

Five Bristol residents die prematurely each week due to pollution

18/11/2019

Air pollution in Bristol, largely caused by diesel cars, contributes to five people dying prematurely every week, new research has revealed.

Child abuse linked to faith rises by ‘a third’, council chiefs warn

14/11/2019

The number of children identified by councils as having been abused for reasons associated with belief has risen by a third in three years, the LGA reports.

Children do less exercise as they get older, research reveals

14/11/2019

Primary school children do less exercise as they get older, according to new research.

Councils chiefs call for more powers to ‘restrict’ takeaways

12/11/2019

Local authorities have called for more planning powers to help them prevent takeaways from ‘clustering’ as part of the fight against health inequalities and obesity.

One and a half million older people have ‘unmet care needs’, charity warns

11/11/2019

The number of older people with unmet care needs stands at one and a half million and could rise to over two million in the next decade, a charity has warned.

Only one in five alcoholics receiving treatment, health experts say

08/11/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the next Government to reverse public health cuts as figures reveal only one in five alcoholics receiving treatment.

Abuse ‘endemic’ in children’s homes

07/11/2019

An independent inquiry has found physical and sexual abuse was endemic in children’s homes and residential care homes.

Family hardship drives 53% increase in children referred for ‘urgent support’

05/11/2019

A rise in family ‘conflict and hardship’ against a background of cuts to council budgets is behind the heightened pressure on child protection services, local authority leaders have revealed.

Thousands of inpatients with learning disabilities and autism to receive care review

05/11/2019

Thousands of people with learning disabilities and autism that have detained in a mental health hospital will have their care reviewed over the next 12 months, the Government announced today.

Stoke-on-Trent CC given three months to improve ‘inadequate’ children’s services

01/11/2019

Williamson issues a direction which gives Stoke-on-Trent three months to establish a partnership with another council to deliver children’s social care.

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Let’s tell a new story

Graham Allen says a focus on social care being solely about getting people out of hospital only diverts attention from keeping as many people as possible away from unnecessary admission.
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Revolutionising mental health

Cllr Jasmine Ali explains how Southwark Council is putting plans into action to revolutionise children’s mental health in Southwark.
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