1. 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 […]

  2. 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 

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. National Report on Mental Health – Mental Health Taskforce

    16 February, 2016

    Formed in March 2015, the independent Mental Health Taskforce has brought together health and care leaders, people using services and experts in the field to create a Five Year Forward View for Mental Health for the NHS in England. This national strategy, which covers care and support for all ages, was published in February 2016 and signifies […]

  8. Social work: improving adult mental health

    1 February, 2016

    Social work for better mental health – a strategic statement (PDF, 745KB, 17 pages) How are we doing? A self assessment and improvement resource (PDF, 739KB, 36 pages) Making the difference together – guidance on gathering and using feedback (PDF, 1.51MB, 48 pages) These 3 documents are part of the ‘Social Work for Better Mental Health’ initiative. They […]

  9. ‘Think Twice Before You Act’ – Get Safe Online Campaign

    25 January, 2016

    Get Safe Online have today launched a campaign in partnership with various banks to warn the UK public about the dangers of ‘Social Engineering’. Reported figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau show that incidents of Social Engineering have risen by 21% in 12 months, therefore Get Safe Online, is urging people to ‘Think Twice Before […]

  10. Mazars – independent review – Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

    17 December, 2015

    The preventable death of Connor Sparrowhawk in July 2013 led to a number of investigations and enquiries into practice at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in whose care he died. At the request of Connor’s family, NHS England South commissioned the firm Mazars to undertake an independent investigation of the deaths of all patients of […]

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