Care Home Cymru

Supporting Care Homes and Carers to improve the quality of care for older and vulnerable people across Wales. Care Home Cymru is one of the programmes that sit within Improvement Cymru, and are experts in developing, embedding and delivering system wide improvements across health and social care for the NHS in Wales. We work closelyContinue reading “Care Home Cymru”

An Equal Life for All – the #SocialCareFuture White Paper

We got tired of waiting, so we produced our own White Paper on the future of social care. It’s radical and ambitious, as it should be. Tell us what you think! social-care-future-white-paper-Download

Places like home

A really good and significant blog from Lucy Series that warrants setting aside the time to read and digest…. (the opinion of the Residential Forum) “Home is not the same as being ‘homely’ or ‘homelike’ – it is not about murals or pictures or wallpaper or knick-knacks, tablecloths and doilies. It is not even aboutContinue reading “Places like home”

Getting hospital discharge right

Home to the unknown – key findings “In our day to day engagement, through our operations, we see many examples of good practice initiatives including Multi Agency Discharge Events (MADE), Discharge to Assess (D2A), Home First and hospital – or community-based hospital – multidisciplinary discharge teams. Many are working in successful partnerships with the voluntaryContinue reading “Getting hospital discharge right”

You are leaving it too late to save your Care Home

There is a universal truth….. A Care Home will ALWAYS reflect its manager. This is a hard truth but true all the same. I have seen it again and again. The life of a care home is not a straight line. It has ups and downs, good times and bad times. Things can sometimes getContinue reading “You are leaving it too late to save your Care Home”

A radical new vision for social care

The REAL Centre invited acclaimed author and social innovator Hilary Cottam to deliver the 2021 REAL Challenge lecture, to generate fresh ideas and debate. In the lecture Hilary explores how we can turn current thinking about care and the care system on its head by creating something new, where care is not seen as aContinue reading “A radical new vision for social care”

So, what is The Plan…?

Residential Forum member, Nadra Ahmed, blog in Care Talk, November 2021 ……. The view that social care addresses social needs only is outdated and must be challenged. So, before we can progress to contemplating how it is fixed, we have to understand how and why it ‘broke’! The role of social care historically, has beenContinue reading “So, what is The Plan…?”

7 things to consider before starting a role in social care

October 28, 2021, Mark Topps Working in social care is without a doubt one of the most rewarding jobs, but it can also be one of the toughest. It doesn’t matter about your background or how old you are, if you want to support people and have a rewarding job, there’s a social care roleContinue reading “7 things to consider before starting a role in social care”

Social Care Detention: A Socio-Legal Puzzle

Lucy Series | 13 October 2021 More people are deprived of their liberty in England and Wales’ care homes than any other paradigmatic carceral spaces, including prisons, psychiatric hospitals, and immigration detention. In 2019-20 care homes made 163,215 applications to authorise deprivation of liberty under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS).Continue reading “Social Care Detention: A Socio-Legal Puzzle”

Enhancing the health of care home residents

Health and social care professionals, including care home staff, work together in a multidisciplinary team to provide care to residents. Find out how the NHS England, Enhanced Health in Care Homes programme is making a difference to residents like Magdalena.

Housing with care must be at the centre of social care reform

The present situation is extremely urgent. Extra Care housing is facing a looming crisis as supply fails to keep up with demand. Of the 400,000 short fall in older people’s housing units by 2030, 61,000 of these will be Extra Care. It is not just service users who will miss out if this situation isContinue reading “Housing with care must be at the centre of social care reform”

Building a multi-generational neighbourhood

St Thomas’ Gardens, Stockport Dementia-friendly care facility, The Academy of Living Well, a 70-bed intermediate care and dementia facility is planned for the North-eastern end of the site. The Academy is a new facility which supports transitional care needs including; step up / step down, discharge to assess, rehabilitation and respite alongside dementia care inContinue reading “Building a multi-generational neighbourhood”

Here’s the thing with DoLS… Reflections on the LGO’s recommendations to Kent County Council

“I, like many of you, have been following the latest chapter in the DoLS saga with interest. I am referring, of course, to the Local Government Ombudsman’s report regarding Kent County Council’s delays in processing standard authorisations and Kent County Council’s, frankly very honest, response to those Ombudsman’s recommendations. But, of course, in 2009, theContinue reading “Here’s the thing with DoLS… Reflections on the LGO’s recommendations to Kent County Council”

Care Workers’ Charity Responds to Channel 4 Drama ‘Help’

We cannot praise ‘Help’ enough for the way it accurately portrayed the feelings of despair and abandonment felt by those who work in the sector… …We were pleased there was a focus on illustrating the importance of relationships in social care work… …people sacrificed their lives, mental health, and families to do their best. ThisContinue reading “Care Workers’ Charity Responds to Channel 4 Drama ‘Help’”

Reflections on the Care Review Debate

Dez Holmes blogs: I am pleased that the Chair of the Review recently published a blog  sharing ‘three dilemmas’ that he feels are emerging, and I will continue to encourage more public sharing of this kind… I think most of us would agree that change is needed, but we need to explain why things needContinue reading “Reflections on the Care Review Debate”