Health and Social Care

Only one third of carers ‘very satisfied’ with support

24/06/2022
Only around one third of carers reported feeling very or extremely satisfied with support and services last year, a new survey has revealed.

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Councils to receive over £15m to fund social care reforms

16/06/2022

The Government has announced a multi-million-pound package aimed at helping local authorities prepare for adult social care charging reform in October 2023.

Care home owners paid 13 times more than carers

15/06/2022

The pay of executives at equity firms that own care homes is 13 times higher than the wages of the care home workers they employ, new research has revealed.

Council chiefs criticise food strategy as ‘missed opportunity’

14/06/2022

Local authority leaders have criticised the Government’s new food strategy which they argue does not tackle the underlying causes of obesity.

Javid announces £25m for social care digitisation

13/06/2022

The social care sector is to benefit from a £25m investment aimed at increasing the rate that social care records are digitised.

Half of social workers at risk of quitting survey finds

13/06/2022

Nearly half (49%) of social workers say they are less likely to stay in their jobs due to excessive workloads, high stress levels and low morale.

Inquiry hears of bullying and racism in social care sector

10/06/2022

Lower-paid health and social care workers have experienced bullying, racism and harassment at work, an inquiry by Britain’s equality regulator has heard.

Immediate action needed to achieve smokefree target, review warns

09/06/2022

The age in which people can buy tobacco products should increase by one year every year until no-one is able to purchase them in this country, a new review has recommended.

Disabled woman left without care for 12 months, Ombudsman finds

08/06/2022

Worcestershire County Council has been criticised after it left a woman who had had a stroke without appropriate care for a year.

Council chiefs welcome ‘shake-up’ of health and social care

08/06/2022

Council leaders have welcomed a review into health and social care leadership, particularly its emphasis on collaboration across the NHS and social care.

Study links child poverty to rise in number of children entering care system

06/06/2022

Child poverty contributed to more than 10,000 young people entering care over the course of five years, a new study has found.

Welsh auditors: NHS waiting lists could take seven years to clear

31/05/2022

It could be seven years before Wales sees its NHS waiting lists come back down to pre-pandemic levels, Welsh Auditors have claimed.

Social care crisis contributing to 13,000 NHS bed shortage

31/05/2022

Solving the staff shortage and underfunding problems affecting the social care system is essential for easing the pressure on the NHS, council leaders say.

Adult social care reforms could cost nearly £26bn

25/05/2022

Adult social care reforms could cost a minimum of £10bn more than currently estimated and will require over 4,000 new social work staff, new study reveals.

Council chiefs urge people to be alert after new monkeypox cases detected

24/05/2022

Local authority leaders have urged everyone to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions as 36 additional cases of monkeypox are detected in England.

Councils warn illicit tobacco could undermine smoking cessation efforts

23/05/2022

Council leaders have warned the cost of living crisis could cause more people to use cheap counterfeit tobacco, widening health disparities.

Radical changes needed in children's social care, review urges

23/05/2022

Ministers face a ‘pivotal’ moment in children’s social care, with radical changes needed to stop tens of thousands more youngsters entering the system, an independent review has warned.

One in five children at risk of obesity

19/05/2022

Government should help provide more affordable leisure opportunities, council chiefs say as study reveals children are not getting enough exercise.

Over 300,000 people living with undiagnosed dementia

17/05/2022

Improving early diagnosis for the hundreds of thousands of people with dementia could lead to over £3bn in savings through lower carer costs, report says.

Loneliness-related mental health problems impact vulnerable communities

16/05/2022

Disparities in local funding mean that vulnerable citizens are lacking access to social resources that might provide mental health support, study reveals.

Council leaders urge GPs to prescribe leisure centre trips

16/05/2022

Council leaders are urging GPs to prescribe obese patients classes at local leisure centres after research found it could increase life expectancy four years.

ADASS: More than half a million people now waiting for social care

13/05/2022

Over half a million people are waiting for social care and there has been a dramatic increase in the number of hours of home care that could not be delivered.

Training carers key priority for social care sector

12/05/2022

Reform and training carers are two of the key priorities for the social care sector during the year ahead, according to the annual report of the CSW Lyn Romeo.

Mental health support in schools to get £7m boost

12/05/2022

The Department for Education today announced a further £7m for schools and colleges to train a senior mental health lead.

Queen’s Speech: Mental health laws to be overhauled

10/05/2022

Government will reform mental health laws to make it harder to detain people and to stop the disproportionate use of the laws against BAME communities.

Charity warns of 'rapid rise' in food poverty

09/05/2022

More than seven million people live in households that have been forced to skip meals because they couldn't afford or get access to food, new data has revealed.

Children ‘bounced around’ care system

06/05/2022

Research by the charity Barnardo’s has found young people are facing frequent changes of home, school and social workers.

Government confirms it won’t appeal COVID care home ruling

05/05/2022

Government won't appeal a court decision which found the policy of discharging patients from hospitals to care homes at the start of the pandemic was unlawful.

Nearly all UK addresses breach air pollution limits

29/04/2022

Around 97% of all UK addresses breach at least one World Health Organisation (WHO) limit for toxic pollutants, shocking new report reveals.

Advisers call for minimum pay to ease care workforce crisis

27/04/2022

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has said the Government should foot the bill for a minimum rate of £10.50 per hour for care workers in England.

Discharging patients into care homes was 'unlawful', High Court rules

27/04/2022

The High Court today ruled that the Government’s policy of discharging patients from hospital to care homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was unlawful.

MPs urge licensing authorities to use powers to tackle spiking

26/04/2022

Local authorities have been urged to use their licensing powers to ensure venues take action to prevent spiking incidents and keep customers safe by MPs.

Experts warn of spike in COVID-related mental health problems

25/04/2022

Adults are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of the pandemic on their mental health as one third say their mental health has got worse.

Social care cap amendment threatens ‘crippling care costs’

22/04/2022

MPs in Yorkshire, the Midlands and North East should vote down the social care cap amendment to save poorer constituents from ‘crippling' costs, charities say.

Report warns of stark variation in the identification of child sexual abuse

20/04/2022

Some local areas are failing to identify and respond to child sexual abuse, a new report has warned today.

Women in England's poorest areas die younger than nearly all other OECD countries

19/04/2022

Women living in the poorest parts of England have a lower life expectancy than women in living in almost any OECD country, new research has revealed.

Council chiefs welcome £300m to tackle drug addiction

14/04/2022

Council leaders have welcomed a Government announcement of additional funding for local areas to tackle drug dependency as an ‘important step forward’.

Report calls for a national audit on needs of children in care

13/04/2022

There needs to be a national audit around the needs of children in care, a new study from Ofsted has said today.

New funding to help councils drive down parental conflict

13/04/2022

Councils will receive £33m to help resolve conflict between parents and and improve children’s life chances.

Call for evidence on new 10-year mental health plan

12/04/2022

A call for evidence to inform a new 10-year mental health plan has been launched today by the Government.

Government intervenes over council's 'inadequate' children's services

11/04/2022

The Government has issued a statutory direction to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council forcing it to improve its children’s social care services.

New guidance to help tackle 'traumatic' mistakes in aftercare of mental health in-patients

11/04/2022

New guidance to help prevent councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) from making common mistakes in the aftercare of mental health in-patients has been published.

Call for national review of children's mental health services

07/04/2022

The new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has called for a post-pandemic national review of children’s mental health services.

Welsh councils receive £10m to support domiciliary care

06/04/2022

A further £10m will be provided to local authorities in Wales to support domiciliary care and increase service provision, the Welsh government has announced.

Auditors warn of social care direct payments ‘lottery’

06/04/2022

Direct payments for adult social care in Wales help residents maintain their independence but implementation is inconsistent, auditors say.

City planning should be based on ‘health first principle’

05/04/2022

The UK’s planning system should be reformed to follow a ‘health first principle’, according to a new report.

Adult social care workforce receives £500m boost

05/04/2022

People working in adult social care in England are set to benefit from a £500m boost that will go towards improving the recruitment and retention of staff.

Charity calls for ‘mobility credits’ to promote shared transport

04/04/2022

England’s councils have been urged to introduce incentives for people to give up private vehicles to help increase the use of shared transport.

There is no more cash for COVID, Government confirms

31/03/2022

There will be no more funding to help councils deal with outbreaks of COVID, the Government has confirmed.

Over 30% of care jobs pay below living wage

31/03/2022

Workers within the care sector in England are more likely to earn less than the real living wage compared to those in Scotland and Wales, research reveals.

Councils offered £75,000 grant to test digital housing services

30/03/2022

Councils are being invited to apply for grants of £75,000 to test out with older people which technology tools and digital housing services work best for them.

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