Local support for people with a learning disability news

April 27, 2017

Money must follow patients to pay for support in the community says a new Public Accounts Committee report, Local support for people with a learning disability. It also says that greater focus is needed on measuring outcomes and improvements to quality of life. Two years ago, the previous Committee of Public Accounts Read the full article…

Teaching Care Home pilot evaluation news

April 26, 2017

A new report has been published evaluating the impact of the Teaching Care Home pilot. The Teaching Care Home, above all else, aimed to champion, empower and inspire the sector and create a legacy of learning for future care homes and nursing in the sector. The pilot is a Department Read the full article…

Brexit and social care – risks and opportunities news

April 25, 2017

With Brexit set to dominate the snap General Election, VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) has launched a new resource on Brexit and social care to help social care providers assess the risks and opportunities facing the sector. Brexit: risk register and mitigation plan for social care providers has been developed Read the full article…

New dementia research programmes announced news

April 24, 2017

The UK Dementia Research Institute has revealed its first dementia research programmes across six centres. The first 27 foundation dementia research programmes at the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) are worth a combined investment of £55m. They will provide answers to some of the most pressing questions in the Read the full article…

Emotional impact of learning disability and dementia news

April 20, 2017

The link between learning disability and dementia is becoming increasingly understood, with the topic of dementia, in particular gaining mounting coverage in the media in recent months. However, these conversations are only throwing light onto an issue that MacIntyre says needs more attention in order for better care and support Read the full article…

Closure of adult social care apprenticeship frameworks news

April 19, 2017

Skills for Care has announced the closure of adult social care apprenticeship frameworks from December 2017. The current apprenticeships frameworks in Health and Social Care and in Care Leadership and Management will be withdrawn by Skills for Care and Development on 29th December 2017. The planned closure comes after the Read the full article…

Co-producing technology in social care news

April 18, 2017

A new report explores co-producing technology in social care and states that care providers must involve the people they support in designing new digital solutions. The publication from Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) in partnership with the National Care Forum, Co-producing technology: harnessing digital solutions for social care recommends how providers can Read the full article…

Evaluating the Primary Care Home programme news

April 13, 2017

Thousands of patients benefit from the National Association of Primary Care’s Primary Care Home programme as a new report shows a drop in emergency hospital admissions and waiting times for GP appointments. The Primary Care Home programme is delivering a range of benefits for patients, staff and the wider health system, according Read the full article…

Adult social care in Northern Ireland news

April 12, 2017

Recent research has shown that adult social care in Northern Ireland is a growing employment sector, with over 900 registered services currently providing 41,000 jobs across residential care homes, nursing homes, domiciliary care and day care settings. Currently, the sector accounts for 5% of total employment – a greater proportion Read the full article…