‘Fix What We Can Fix’ – A Way Forward for Social Care Commissioning

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We now have a Department of Health AND Social Care. Other than the name, what, if anything, has changed? On one level you could say ‘not much.’ The department already had policy responsibility for social care. The Department of Communities and Local Government retains funding…

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Cures for the Fragmented Care of Older People

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The first six ‘System Reviews’ of health and care services for older people were recently published by the CQC. They reveal a picture of some progress, but still too much fragmentation. The fragmentation leads to familiar issues: delayed transfer of care and older people not…

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Sustainable Homecare – How North Devon Reduced Unfilled Care Packages by More than 90%

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Back in 2015 the domiciliary care marketplace in North Devon reflected a typical national picture. The contracting framework was producing a race to the bottom in terms of pricing. The numbers of refusals and unfilled care packages were increasing. The lack of sustainable pricing caused…

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What Else do we Need to Know About the State of Home Care?

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  The CQC recently published the annual State of Care Report 2017 looking at the status, progress and ongoing challenges for Health & Social Care provision. Across Adult Social Care CQC noted the continuing risk of a ‘tipping point’. This is where service deterioration outpaces…

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What Would you do if you Weren’t on the Phone all Day?

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Only people can deliver care. Only people can evaluate the effectiveness of care. Only people can strategically plan the care needs of a local population. With limited social care budgets, the emphasis should be on directing as much human effort as possible into these, and…

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