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The kindness of strangers


I suppose most of us want to look forward to an old age of good health, ticking things off the bucket list and perhaps indulging some eccentricities and before quietly slipping off to the last adventure. But for most of …

Call for evidence: The Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce


How can we make sure that we have the right workforce to care for people in their own homes?

Health, public health and social care round up: January 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 January
• health and social care reform and finance
• public health
• health and social care quality and practice.

LGiU at the 2013 Party Conferences


Every year, the LGiU hosts a range of popular fringes at each of the three main party conferences, as well as a local government dinner. Find out more about our fringe programme here.

Photos from the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group’s Summer Reception

England, UK . 15.7.2013. London . Parliament. Local Government Parliamentary Reception. Licensed to LGIU for immediate editorial & PR publication, all other rights reserved.

The All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group’s summer reception took place on Monday 15th July on the sunny House of Commons terrace. Heather Wheeler MP, Chair of the APPG, kindly hosted the event and we were joined by the Rt …

Queen’s Speech 2013

The Queen has delivered her speech to the House of Lords setting out the Coalition Government’s programme for the next Parliamentary year. In this briefing, we highlight the bills relevant to local government. We also provide a full list of all the bills and draft bills announced as well as the relevant links.

User-driven commissioning – report by Disability Rights UK and Shaping Our Lives

A recent report considers three means of enabling users of health and social care services to have greater control of how services are commissioned: pooling personal budgets; drawing on service users’ own choices and insights to inform commisioning; and developing peer support from service-user and staff-led mutual organisations.

A Good Death: the role of the local authority in end of life care

This briefing outlines the findings of a new LGiU report, supported by Home Group. ‘A Good Death: the role of the local authority in good end of life care’ looks at the role of local authorities in end of life care provision and considers how councils can best develop their part in this important service provision.

LGiU events at Liberal Democrat Party Conference

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Mental health implementation framework

The framework has been developed in collaboration with third sector organisations campaigning on mental health issues. It provides a systematic outline of the potential contribution and the expectations of Government for a number of sectors and organisations in relation to improving mental health. Unlike previous outcomes frameworks for health and social care, it does not list specific mental health outcomes against which progress can be measured. Instead it refers to the outcomes in the other frameworks and indicates that they will be used to measure progress in improving mental health. To assist this process a “dashboard” listing the relevant outcomes will be published in the autumn.
The framework does not contain any surprises, but does reinforce the instruction in the Mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board that mental health should be given parity of esteem with physical health. There is a further commitment to producing a “payment by results” system for mental health which will reward service providers for achieving certain defined standards. There is no further detail given on the proposed system. The framework is to be welcomed for reinforcing a commitment to improving mental health. The role of Health and Wellbeing Boards in ensuring that this commitment is implemented in practice could be very significant.