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Options for integrated commissioning: Beyond Barker

August 20, 2015

Greater integration of health and social care has been a priority for some time, but progress can be slow. This Kings Fund report recommends a single local budget with a single commissioner to deliver integrated health and social care. Health and wellbeing boards 'plus' are an option for single commissioners.


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The first 100 days: impact on local government

August 19, 2015

The first hundred days is a significant milestone in a new government’s journey. Have they been implementing manifesto commitments, what has been dropped or amended, what’s new? What is the impact and what does it tell us about what the political weather may hold for the next 1725 days?


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Nuffield Trust: Reconsidering accountability in an age of integrated care

August 11, 2015

What will the new models of care promoted in the NHS Five Year Forward View mean for accountability in health and social care? This briefing outlines a Nuffield Trust viewpoint which argues that local authorities must act now to ensure that local accountability is not weakened.


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Health, public health and social care round up: July 2015

August 5, 2015

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.


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Mapping climate disadvantage in England

August 4, 2015

A new online mapping tool published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation enables users in local authorities to explore "climate change disadvantage" at a neighbourhood scale across England. It brings together climate risk and social vulnerability spatially and is a unique tool for local authorities and their partners.


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Too special to fail?

June 4, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Most social care is provided by third parties. Sometimes those providers fail. Sometimes they fail because they basically run out of money and sometimes because they’re not providing good enough services. Whatever the cause, when failure is stark and sudden councils can find themselves scrambling to get people new places…


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Blue white spiral - health care round up

Health, public health and social care round-up: April 2015

May 5, 2015

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.


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Manifestos: Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats

April 16, 2015

It is clear that there has been a positive change to attitudes to devolving power to more local levels – but is it enough to guarantee transformation? We consider key points here from the manifestos - on devolution and other key areas like health and social care integration and housing.


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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…


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