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The Social Care Graph of Boon

Two new words entered my lexicon today, writes Vic Citarella at CPEA.

Firstly the word “methuselarity” which was coined by Aubrey de Grey to mean a future point in time when all of the medical conditions that cause human death would be eliminated and death would occur only by accident or homicide.

CQC: “We must uncover poor care and take action”

Panorama’s Behind Closed Doors exposed poor care at the Old Deanery care home in Essex.

One staff member has been sacked subsequently and seven suspended from one of England’s largest care homes after the undercover probe by the BBC programme.

ADASS: “we need to find new ways of providing care”

A new IPPR report suggests that within 15 years some 230,000 older people in England will need care for more than 20 hours per week and could be left without the family carers they need to deliver it.

Reaction: Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care

A King’s Fund Commission says the health and social care systems are no longer fit for purpose and it’s time for ‘a new settlement’ to meet the needs of 21st century patients and service users.

Major strides are being made in tackling dementia

For too long dementia had been an illness that went unnoticed until it was too late, and there is an unacceptable variation in dementia services across the country, writes Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia, NHS England.

“Community services can cut hospital admissions”

A CQC report has revealed that avoidable admissions to hospital are rising, particularly among older people. CQC chief executive David Behan has called on care commissioners and providers to work together more closely to treat and support more people in community settings. Here’s the key reaction:

So many blog topics I don’t know where to start

Making a commitment to writing a regular blog is an onerous and self-inflicted duty, writes Vic Citarella. There is so much to write about and so little time.

Importance of integrated care and the ‘integration pioneers’

Too often people in our country experience failures of care. Not because health and care professionals lack skill or compassion. Not because of money. But because health and care services are uncoordinated, sometimes uncommunicative, and centred around what suits organisations and structures, rather than what helps people lead good lives, writes minister Norman Lamb MP.

Home care: “15 minute care visits better than no visit”

The debate over 15 minute care visits in the home care sector continues, with head of the regulator CQC David Behan saying that councils commissioning short visits was unacceptable regardless of cuts to funding.

Cancer must become a priority on social care agenda

Cancer should be as much a social care concern as a health priority. Yet the existing social care system is failing far too many people with cancer.

We know that people with cancer have complex and wide-ranging care and support needs. However, many don’t have access to the right social care services to meet those needs, writes Tes Smith, social care programme manager at Macmillan Cancer Support.

CQC: problems with design, mission and purpose

If we can look behind the rhetoric engulfing the CQC, there are some pretty clear reasons as to why the health and social care regulator finds itself in the firing line once again.

Event a microcosm of the health and social care market

I, and a number of CPEA colleagues, recently attended the big Health+Care event at the Excel Centre. Seminars, exhibitors and networking from right across both the health and social care worlds. The emphasis was on integration and commissioning but there was something for everybody – safeguarding, home care, residential, meals, telecare – you name it.

Workforce is not to blame for social care vacancies

The Policy Exchange’s recent report, Reforming Social Work, suggests that budgetary pressure and a lack of newly qualified social workers with ‘real life’ experience are preventing councils in England from filling vacancies in their social services teams.

Picture sums up the prioritisation of social work

A couple of weeks back I was in and out of our local hospital on daily basis as my father was poorly.

Learning to use the rear  exit for easy access to the car park I noticed this sign which I snapped and tweeted.