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Going into hospital because of mental health difficulties or challenging behaviours: what families need to know

26th November 2014

This booklet produced by NHS England is for parents, or anyone who cares about and is close to a person with learning disabilities. It will help you to protect their interests if they are admitted to hospital because of mental health difficulties or because they present behaviours that are challenging.   Read more

Staying safe on social media and on line

26th November 2014

This easy read guide developed by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities includes tips for people with learning disabilities on how to stay safe on social media and online. Read more

Small care homes and the Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care report

22nd October 2014

In addition to providing a roundup of responses from the social care sector to the recently published State of Care report, this article from the Guardian Social Care Network also highlights that the State of Care report found that small care homes did better than medium and large care homes on complying with quality standards for … Read more

New publication on dementia for people with a learning disability

20th October 2014

Alzheimer’s Society, in partnership with the British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD), has launched two new factsheets for people with learning disabilities. The factsheets are in Easy Read format and can be downloaded here. They use simple sentences and photo illustrations in a clear, accessible layout, aimed at making the topic of dementia easy to … Read more

Support to councils from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) for meeting Care Act requirements

20th October 2014

As councils are revving up to meet their new Care Act duties to improve information about support services available in their local communities in time for the April 2015 deadline, TLAP have published a guide to help with the task. The Guide, split into three parts, has been developed with six local authorities to highlight … Read more

Launch of the Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care Report

20th October 2014

This report gives the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) perspective on the state of health care and adult social care in England in 2013/2014. Overall, the CQC have found some outstanding care and rated many services as good. However they have also found services that are inadequate or require improvement. The CQC advise that in their … Read more

Care Quality Commission listening events

6th October 2014

The Care Quality  Commission (CQC) are holding a series of  listening events for people to share their your experiences of care services with them – whether good or bad, the CQC want to hear about it. Dates and venues for each listening event are on this page and more will be posted as they become available. The CQC welcome anyone who … Read more

Blueprint for personalised care and support

23rd September 2014

This resource has been developed by Think Local Act Personal and shows how providers are changing the ways they work, and includes practical case studies and other materials produced by providers working together with people they support and commissioners. Check it out here. Read more

Your questions on personal health budgets answered

23rd September 2014

At a time when personal budgets are being rolled out across the NHS, this short overview, developed by Think Local Act Personal in partnership with the NHS Confederation, is aimed at NHS professionals. It addresses their most frequently asked questions, and points to the existing resources that will help answer them. Read more

Community Catalysts launches Small Good Stuff

17th September 2014

Today Community Catalysts CIC is really excited to launch a new service and website called Small Good Stuff Small Good Stuff aims to help small community initiatives and enterprises to get going and keep going. It also helps people who need care or support to link with available local community enterprises. Community Catalysts is … Read more