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:
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been in a couple of roundtables recently in which the Labour party has outlined their plans for integrated care – it’s fairly broad and high level stuff at the moment.
If we reflect on the main challenges that less than ten years ago prompted personalisation as a policy concept, they were about: people needing more control over their lives and services, developing a different range of service options that better reflected what people wanted, applying pressure on services to demonstrate better outcomes and increasing the focus on community or social capital as part of people’s lives.
The government’s announcement that people in England will have their lifetime contributions towards their own care capped at £75,000 has created a storm of debate around the limit and the merits of this approach.
The area of government policy that has continually depressed me the most (and I’m talking successive government’s here) is that around older people and ageing. What we at NDTi call the ‘demographic dialogue’ of public policy and the media creates a culture whereby older people are seen as a problem and a burden on society.
There is no doubt that the lives of Winterbourne View Hospital patients were undercut by terrible treatment which resulted in them feeling blamed and abandoned and being physically harmed, write Margaret Flynn and Vic Citarella