1. Article: Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards Inquest – Nov 2016

    17 November, 2016

    This article, published on the Community Care website, examines the proposed changes to the Policing and Crime Bill which would remove the requirement for the Coroner to hold an inquest when someone dies who is subject to Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards (DOLS). The full article can be accessed here: www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/11/17/government-scrap-deprivation-liberty-safeguards-inquests-duty/

  2. Article: Self-Neglect, a case study – Sept 2016

    28 September, 2016

    This article, published on the Community Care website, follows the story of Elsie, who is deemed to be self-neglecting. It highlights the ethical and professional difficulties when working in this area. The full article can be accessed here: www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/09/28/self-neglect-someone-safeguard-elsies-story/

  3. Article: Detaining Mental Health Patients – Sept 2016

    26 September, 2016

    This article, published on the Community Care Website, highlights concerns from the national AMHP leads network survey regarding detaining patients under the Mental Health Act after they have refused to be admitted to beds at out-of-area hospitals when their local units are full. The full article can be accessed here: www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/09/26/mental-health-patients-detained-refusing-area-beds/

  4. Cyber Crime Awareness Campaign launched (Sept 2016)

    6 September, 2016

    Thames Valley Police is working to raise awareness about online crime and encourage people and businesses to take steps to protect themselves from becoming victims. Anyone can become a target for cyber-dependant and cyber-enabled crime. National statistics suggest that fraud is now the most common type of crime and around 70% of fraud is either […]

  5. Informal Carer Consultation

    6 June, 2016

    The Department of Health (DoH) have released a consultation seeking the views of informal carers. Informal carers (also called unpaid carers) are people who look after family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or care needs related to old age. This does not include any activities as […]

  6. Care Act factsheets – updated 19th April 2016

    25 April, 2016

    The Department of Health has updated its Care Act factsheets to reflect the changes made to the statutory guidance in March 2016. The 13 factsheets can be accessed here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-part-1-factsheets/care-act-factsheets The changes to the Care Act guidance can be seen here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-part-1-factsheets/care-and-support-statutory-guidance-changes-in-march-2016 

  7. Free Mental Capacity Act e-Learning Course!

    18 April, 2016

    The good people at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) are offering a free Mental Capacity Act (MCA): e-Learning course. This resource explores the Mental Capacity Act 2005, including best interests decision-making,and how to support people to make their own decisions. The course is for everyone who looks after or cares for someone, for […]

  8. Care Act guidance update (March 2016)

    18 March, 2016

    The Department of Health has refreshed The Care Act Guidance document, making a number of changes. They have also changed the format to publishing it as a series of webpages rather than as a hard copy document. A list of the changes can be found at the LGA website: www.local.gov.uk/care-support-reform/-/journal_content/56/10180/7740017/ARTICLE#table The new guidance pages can be […]

  9. Transition from children’s to adults’ services

    2 March, 2016

    This NICE guideline covers the period before, during and after a young person moves from children’s to adults’ services. It aims to help young people and their carers have a better experience of transition by improving the way it’s planned and carried out. It covers both health and social care. Recommendations This guideline includes recommendations […]

  10. Time for Change: The Challenge Ahead – Report

    23 February, 2016

    This is an update report from the original report into Winterbourne View entitled Time for Change, published in 2014. The report makes seven recommendations for transforming care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. The two key recommendations highlighted are: The requirement for an independent evaluation of the Transforming Care programme. The establishment of an office […]

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