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A skilled workforce for an ageing society


We’ve said it for so long, it’s beginning to get tiresome. We’re facing a crisis in care of monumental proportions. The system is creaking. We need more people to take on caring roles to meet the needs of an ageing …

Key facts on home care: An infographic


With rising needs, we need a lot more care workers, but the pay and conditions on offer aren’t great.  What can we do to ensure we have the care we deserve? There’s still time to contribute evidence to The Commission …

Viewpoint: How can we achieve the home care workforce that we all deserve?


Paul Burstow, MP is chairing the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce. A couple of weeks ago the diary of a home care workershone a light on highs and frankly far too many lows that care workers all around …

The Care Act 2014 – Royal Assent

The Care Bill received Royal Assent on 14 May and has now been passed into law as the Care Act 2014 (the Act).
The Act introduces major reforms to the legal framework for adult social care, to the funding system and to the duties of local authorities and rights of those in need of social care.
The potential impact on local authorities’ finances and on their working practices is enormous.
This briefing summarises and briefly comments on the main provisions of the Act.
It will be of interest to Lead Members for adult social care and children’s services, council Leaders, Chief Executives, Directors of Adult Social Care and Children’s Services and their teams.
A further LGIU briefing on the aspects of the Act concerning children and young people and the cross-over with the Children and Familities Act is forthcoming.

Diary of a home care worker, Part 5


Each day this week, as part of the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce, we’re sharing the week in a life of a home care worker. This first hand account from a care worker in the North East of …

Diary of a home care worker: Part 1


An eloquent first hand account of life on the front line of care, part of the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce

Viewpoint: Have care reforms helped the people who care?


James Cuthbert from the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce asks if reforms have helped those who do the care.

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 …

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.