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Viewpoint Paul Burstow, MP: Crisis funding of care and the NHS

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The extra £2 billion for health care services announced in the Autumn Statement last week is fantastic news. It is testament to Norman Lamb’s effective and high profile campaigning for urgent funding for the NHS, as well as the hard …

Health, public health and social care round-up: November 2014

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the following categories:
• major developments in November
• health and social care reform and finance
• public health reform and practice
• health and social care quality and practice.

Carers strategy: second national action plan 2014-16

This update to the national carers strategy provides an overview of achievements since the last update in 2010 and sets out key action for the next two years. Major progress in identifying and supporting carers is being brought about by the Care Act and the Children and Families Act. The update encourages local areas to refresh their local carer strategies to ensure all partners are signed up to the latest developments.

This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers in councils with adult social care responsibilities.

Health, public health and social care round up: October 2014

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the following categories:
• major developments in October
• health and social care reform and finance
• public health reform and practice
• health and social care quality and practice.

The NHS Five Year Forward View: Where are the home care providers and their staff?

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Brendan Martin of PublicWorld asks where care staff are in the NHS 5 Year Forward View.

On the Party Conferences Radar

This briefing summarises policy announcements from the conferences from the three main Westminster parties and comments on the messages they reveal, particularly on how the parties see devolution and the role of local government after next May. It also gives some details on plans for health and social care and how the parties envisage the deficit being reduced if they form a majority administration.

The briefing should be of interest to officers and councillors in all kinds of authority and for partner organisations, and especially for those working in policy, health, social care and finance.

Health, public health and social care round up: September 2014

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the following categories:

* major developments in September

* health and social care reform and finance

* public health

* health and social care quality and practice.

A vision for care fit for the twenty-first century: Commission on Residential Care

The Commission on Residential Care describes how ‘residential care’ can shift from being a service that most people dread, to one that helps people live the lives they want. It makes recommendations for national and local government, the NHS and other partners. Core to this is a proposal to separate the elements of ‘care’ and ‘housing’ in assessment, commissioning, provision and regulation.

This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers in councils with adult social care responsibilities, and to all those who seek to improve social care services in their areas.

Barker Commission: A threat to social care?

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Yesterday the Barker Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care was launched at the King’s Fund.  I can only commend the commissioners’ willingness to tackle some really tough issues. We know that care is in a perilous state. …

Health, public health and social care round up: August 2014

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the following categories:
◾major developments in August
◾health and social care reform and finance
◾public health
◾health and social care quality and practice.