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What to do when care fails

March 25, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

People who need care need high quality and consistent care. But this doesn’t always happen. The providers who deliver the care sometimes fail. Maybe it’s a managerial failure or a market failure or some combination of factors. Whatever the cause, this leaves vulnerable people – sometimes suddenly – even more…


Key Questions: following up the Home Care Commission

February 25, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

In Key to Care, we recommended that councils look at their commissioning practice and implement more user focused services using outcomes rather than time and task. Buckinghamshire County Council invited us in yesterday to talk about Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce and to facilitate a conversation between themselves…

child protection, exploitation

DCLG inspection of Rotherham MBC (Casey report)

February 12, 2015

This briefing summaries the Department for Communities and Local Government's report of the inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. The Secretary of State ordered the inspection, which was led by Louise Casey CB in the wake of the Jay Report on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

Blue white spiral - health care round up

Spiral bound notebook, writing

Ofsted Annual Report 2013-14

December 18, 2014

This briefing summarises and analyses the 'The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2013/14', which was published on 10 December 2014. This briefing will be of interest to leaders and other elected members with responsibility for education, senior officers, teachers and leaders in…

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Key to Care: Media Coverage

December 10, 2014 by Hannah Blythe

Last week the LGiU published Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce. The media coverage was fantastic. Recognition of the problem facing people needing care and those delivering it is the first step, now it’s time for action.

Old clock and money

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

December 10, 2014 by LGiU

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 work behind the scenes by many colleagues making the case.…

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Viewpoint: Clare Pelham – A fairer deal for home care workers

December 9, 2014 by LGiU

Good care is about valuing people; both those receiving care and those providing it.  Care workers are our greatest asset at a time when more of us need care either in later life or due to disability. Our staff are critical in determining the quality and safety of the care…

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On the Party Conferences Radar

October 14, 2014

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…

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