COVID‐19 and care homes in England: What happened and why?

Mary Daly First published: 28 August 2020 https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12645 Abstract In the context of very high mortality and infection rates, this article examines the policy response to COVID‐19 in care homes for older people in the UK, with particular focus on England in the first 10 weeks of the pandemic. The timing and content of the policyContinue reading “COVID‐19 and care homes in England: What happened and why?”

#oursocialcare — Social Care Future

By Anna Severwright, Another social care conference… the big names talking… and no one who draws on social care speaking at the main sessions. This is 2021 and still the conversations about social care, are happening without us, people with lived experience of social care (either themselves or as a family carer). Thankfully we have […]Continue reading “#oursocialcare — Social Care Future”

Care homes: averting market failure in a post-covid-19 world

Jill Manthorpe and Steve Iliffe, BMJ, 18 January 2021 We need public and political consensus about long term options Our population is not ageing well. The proportion of older people affected by medium to high disability in England is increasing, but social care cannot meet their needs and seems curiously separate from the NHS. ItContinue reading “Care homes: averting market failure in a post-covid-19 world”

CORE PRINCIPLES FOR A HUMAN RIGHT TO SOCIAL CARE

A SOCIAL MODEL OF SOCIAL CARE The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated a significant health care response centred around the preservation of life through robust infection prevention and control (IPC). One of the challenges in this has been to ensure that the distinctive elements of social care have not been lost amidst this focus. I haveContinue reading “CORE PRINCIPLES FOR A HUMAN RIGHT TO SOCIAL CARE”

Thirty-two years of covering social care, and older people are still neglected

Urgent reform was said to be needed to make residential care “A Positive Choice”, which was the title of the review’s two-volume findings. The dateline was March 1988. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/dec/22/thirty-two-years-of-covering-social-care-and-older-people-are-still-neglected?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

The Changing Conversations around Social Care……

When I say the words “Social Care” to you, what images, what thoughts spring to mind? Like most, you probably have said ‘vulnerable’ ‘needy’, for older people amongst others maybe? You’d be like most people in society. But what if we wanted to change the way people thought about Social Care? How would we doContinue reading “The Changing Conversations around Social Care……”

Working in group care – Social work and social care in residential and day care settings, by Adrian Ward

Source: Policy Press | Working in group care – Social work and social care in residential and day care settings, By Adrian Ward Working in group care (i.e. residential and day services) is a challenging and complex task, demanding great skill, patience, knowledge and understanding. This book explains how best practice can be achieved throughContinue reading “Working in group care – Social work and social care in residential and day care settings, by Adrian Ward”

The impact of COVID-19 on social care workers’ workload, wellbeing and ability to provide care safely

Findings from the UK – Resources to support community and institutional Long-Term Care responses to COVID-19 The analysis of this survey points to many important issues that require immediate policy attention. The evidence of increased workload, stress and feelings of being unsafe at work calls for practice strategies and guidance to support care workers’ wellbeingContinue reading “The impact of COVID-19 on social care workers’ workload, wellbeing and ability to provide care safely”

Equality body to scrutinise racial inequality of workers in health and social care

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have announced an enquiry into ‘Racial inequality of ethnic minority workers in lower paid roles in health and social care’ The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) say that they will seek to understand the experiences of people working in the health and adult social care sectors, as wellContinue reading “Equality body to scrutinise racial inequality of workers in health and social care”

The Beginning – The Art of Candour

“The truth does not require a majority to prevail, ladies & gentleman. The truth has its own power” (Limbaugh) Source: The Beginning – The Art of Candour This blog has been set up to talk about the truth of what social care workers, managers and people who live in social care have experienced during theContinue reading “The Beginning – The Art of Candour”