Health and Social Care

Care workers to receive free PPE over winter

18/09/2020
Care workers and the people receiving adult social care are going to be provided with free PPE, the health and social care secretary has confirmed.

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Council chiefs call for investment to cope with lockdown addictions

15/09/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to increase investment in public health services to help them tackle drug and alcohol addiction.

Parents call on councils to improve school air quality

15/09/2020

Parents call on councils to improve air quality as research suggests 50% reduction in pollution could halve number of children?with?poor lung function.

Failure to deliver pension credit costing care system £4bn a year

14/09/2020

Failure to deliver pension credit to a million older people who are entitled to it is costing the health and social care system £4bn a year, report reveals.

Care home providers warned of Covid-19 rise

14/09/2020

Department of Health & Social Care has written to care home providers in England warning them of the risk of a rise in coronavirus cases in the care sector.

Download forthcoming NHS Covid app, council chiefs say

14/09/2020

Local authority leaders have urged everyone to download the forthcoming NHS Covid-19 app once it is available as fears of a second wave of coronavirus rise.

Women struggling to access contraception due to cuts, inquiry finds

11/09/2020

Women in England are struggling to access contraception putting them at risk of unplanned pregnancies, MPs have warned.

Calls to ban unregulated accommodation for under 18s in care

10/09/2020

Councils should be banned from placing vulnerable children in unregulated accommodation such as hostels or caravans, the Children’s Commissioner has said today.

Council apologises for leaving disabled dad in ‘mouse-infested’ house

10/09/2020

A London council has apologised after leaving a disabled dad and his family in mouldy, mouse-infested temporary accommodation for three years.

Watchdog warns progress on childhood obesity is 'slow'

09/09/2020

Government efforts to tackle childhood obesity have been slow and uncoordinated, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

Half of professionals feel childhood obesity is a child protection issue

03/09/2020

Nearly half of health and social workers believe child obesity should be considered a child protection issue, according to a new study.

Health experts urge ‘safer sex’ after rise in gonorrhoea cases

03/09/2020

The Government has urged people to practice safer sex after data reveals that gonorrhoea cases in England have risen by 26%.

Hancock unveils £500m to pilot 20-minute COVID-19 testing

03/09/2020

The Government has announced £500m funding to roll out quick result COVID-19 test trials.

Councils call for more investment in suicide prevention

02/09/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to invest more in public health to help councils prevent suicide with a locally-driven approach.

Health experts raise serious concerns over scrapping PHE

02/09/2020

Health experts have raised 'serious concerns' about Government plans to reorganise the public health system.

Think tank proposes pension-style social care system

01/09/2020

A pension-style model is the most effective way of fixing the social care crisis, a new report from a think tank has argued.

Cycling and walking ‘on prescription’ in the West Midlands

26/08/2020

Healthcare professionals are piloting a scheme in the West Midlands which will ‘prescribe’ outdoor activities for some people with poor mental health.

Psychiatrists call for suspension of fines for children who can’t attend school

26/08/2020

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has called for the suspension of fines for children who can't attend school due to Covid-related anxiety.

Local authorities struggling to enforce rules on chemical safety

24/08/2020

Councils unable to enforce rules on chemical safety as new research shows one in four products tested contain dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals.

Fifth of care homes took on Covid patients, survey reveals

24/08/2020

One in five care homes had to accept patients discharged from hospital who had tested positive for COVID-19 during the early part of the pandemic, a survey has found.

Government announces nearly £600m to help people return home from hospital

24/08/2020

People needing care after being discharged from hospital will be supported by a £588m fund to cover social care or costs of care at home, Government says.

Council chiefs warn of ‘surge’ of post-lockdown dental treatments

24/08/2020

Local authority leaders have warned of a potential post-coronavirus surge of dental treatments following the lifting of lockdown.

Hancock under pressure on anti-obesity plans following PHE closure

24/08/2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock is under growing pressure today to say who will take responsibility for the national fight against obesity following his decision to close down Public Health England (PHE).

Government announces £3m fund to support babies from deprived or BAME backgrounds

21/08/2020

The Government has announced a new £3.3m fund to give babies from deprived areas or BAME backgrounds the best start in life.

West Midlands councils warn they are at a ‘crossroads’ in fight against Covid-19

21/08/2020

Seven West Midlands councils have called for support to ensure that Covid-19 testing is widely available as the Birmingham CC warns they are ‘at a crossroads’.

NHS leaders call for urgent action on social care

20/08/2020

Patients could be stranded in hospital and routine operations could be delayed unless the Government addresses the social care crisis, leading health organisations have warned.

Obesity stigma fuelling ‘severe impact’ on adult social care

20/08/2020

Weight-related stigmas need tackling to help prevent rising levels of obesity having a significant impact on adult social care, local authority leaders say.

Link between polluted air and COVID-19 deaths revealed

18/08/2020

People were more likely to die from COVID-19 in highly polluted areas in England at the start of the pandemic, new research has found.

Council chiefs urge parents to ensure vaccinations are ‘up to date’

17/08/2020

Local authorities are urging parents, families and guardians to contact their local GP, school or health centre to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date.

Government announces £5m for COVID-19 ‘social prescribing’

17/08/2020

The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) has been awarded £5m to help people stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hancock scraps Public Health England

17/08/2020

Ministers have been accused of making Public Health England (PHE) a scapegoat by scrapping the body for alleged failures in the testing and tracing of coronavirus.

Councils to pilot new NHS Test and Trace app

14/08/2020

The Isle of Wight Council and Newham Council are trialling the revamped NHS Test and Trace app.

COVID-19 test reveals 6% of population infected by mid-July

13/08/2020

The first report from the world’s largest home antibody testing programme tracking COVID-19 in England has found 6% of the population is infected with coronavirus.

Most sexual abuse survivors struggling to access support, inquiry finds

13/08/2020

Three quarters of child sexual abuse survivors have been unable to access any support services, new research has found.

Demand could overwhelm mental health services, report warns

12/08/2020

People with mental health issues are at risk of not getting the support they need due to increasing demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a report has warned today.

Employers call for more support to keep unpaid carers in work

11/08/2020

Two-thirds of employers have warned that a lack of support for unpaid carers is impacting their workforce, according to new research.

Researchers warn about 'lost decade' in adult social care

10/08/2020

Adult social care has reached breaking point after policymakers failed to act on alarms raised back in 2010, researchers have warned today.

Calls for urgent investment in mental health recovery

07/08/2020

Investment in mental health is crucial to seeing the country through the next phases of the pandemic, a new report has said today.

Councils warned about discriminating against autistic children

06/08/2020

More than 40 councils have been criticised for unlawfully discriminating against autistic children.

Progress on health and social care pledges to be rated under new system

05/08/2020

The Government's progress on health and social care pledges will be evaluated under a new rating system, the Health and Social Care Committee has announced.

Council launches local test and trace system

05/08/2020

Blackburn with Darwen Council has launched a local coronavirus tracing system in partnership with Public Health England.

Extra £50m funding for Scottish social care

04/08/2020

Social care in Scotland will be given a £50m funding boost to help meet the cost of the coronavirus crisis.

Adult social care in Wales gets extra funding boost

03/08/2020

Adult social care providers in Wales will receive an extra £22.7m in funding to help cover the cost of the coronavirus crisis.

Adult specialist care 'robust' in face of pandemic

31/07/2020

Adult specialist care has ‘stood up well’ to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, a report has found today.

Counties warn oversight of social care must remain with councils

30/07/2020

County councils have warned against a ‘knee-jerk’ centralisation of the social care system in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.

Pandemic leaves one in five teenagers unhappy with their lives

30/07/2020

More than a million teenagers are unhappy with their lives, according to new research looking at the impact lockdown has had on well-being.

National Food Strategy calls for more free school meals

29/07/2020

Free school dinners should be extended to every child where their parent or guardian is receiving Universal Credit, a report has recommended today.

Calls for a social care 'reset'

27/07/2020

Social care must not return to the way it was before the pandemic, a coalition of councils, charities and health and care organisations have warned.

Councils call for public health funding to avert obesity crisis

27/07/2020

Council leaders have warned that the Government must reverse public health funding cuts in order for any new obesity strategy to be successful.

Thousands of people 'wiped out' by care bills, charity warns

24/07/2020

Fourteen people a day are being wiped out financially by care bills, new research has revealed today.

Millions more people to be offered free flu vaccine

24/07/2020

More than 30 million people in England will be offered a free flu vaccination in a bid to ease the pressure on the NHS this winter.

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A perfect storm for care homes

Iain MacBeath, strategic director, health and wellbeing at Bradford City Council, looks at the challenges facing the adult social care sector.
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