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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 www.smallgoodstuff.co.uk. 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

Evidence for success: a guide to getting evidence and using it to influence policy and practice

16th September 2014

Evidence for Success was produced by the Knowledge Transition Network (KTN) and offers step-by-step guidance and resources to support organisations to use evidence to influence policy and practice. This guide is for anyone who wants to use evidence to improve policy and practice, regardless of the level of experience they have in doing and it is intended that this … Read more

Invitation to attend events on the latest thinking in dementia care for people living in care homes.

16th September 2014

The Margaret Butterworth Care Home Forum is a forum for discussion and learning focused on dementia care in communal settings such as nursing homes, care homes and extra care housing.   The Forum, which is named after a passionate and innovative dementia campaigner, provides an opportunity for staff, carers and others with an interest in this … Read more

Joint consultation response by the LGA and ADASS to the Care Act; Guidance and Regulations

16th September 2014

The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services have made a joint response to the Care Act; Guidance and Regulations consultation which you can read all about here. Read more

The final report of the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England

16th September 2014

The Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England was asked whether the post-war settlement, which established separate systems for health and social care, remains fit for purpose. The final report from the Commission has 12 recommendations which set out a vision  for a more integrated health and social care service, simpler … Read more

Keep up to date with Care Reform

16th September 2014

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has produced advice and support on issues affected by the Care Act 2014 which you can find out about here, together with information on SCIE’s forthcoming work to support implementation of the Act. Read more

Person Centred Care 2020: Calls and contributions from health and social care charities

16th September 2014

National Voices, the health and care charity coalition, has set out demands for genuinely person centred care. It warns that services are increasingly fragmented and underfunded, with too little voice for patients and families, and says that fully involving people in decisions is the key to improvement. Read all about it here Read more

What support do micro business owners need in 2014 and beyond?

16th September 2014

A thought provoking blog from Cobweb which looks critically at the current business supports that are available to very small businesses and which makes some alternative recommendations on the support that very small businesses need. Another blog from Cobweb on similar territory which looks at the good, the bad and the indifferent world of business advice might also be worth a read. Read more

Commissioning better outcomes for all : the hidden wealth at the margins

16th September 2014

Really interesting blog from Dr Sarah Carr  which highlights the important contribution that local specialist and community-based support can make to a wider range of choices and better outcomes for people who feel larger, mainstream services are not suitable or accessible. Sarah is one of the people involved in a University of Birmingham research project on community-based micro providers in … Read more