Carers action plan 2018 to 2020: supporting carers today

Department of Health and Social Care, September 2018

The plan sets out the cross-government programme of work to support carers over the next 2 years.  It is structured around the following themes:

  • services and systems that work for carers
  • employment and financial wellbeing
  • supporting young carers
  • recognising and supporting carers in the wider community and society
  • building research and evidence to improve outcomes for carers

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The government response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme 2nd annual report

Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, September 2018

Response that accepts the recommendations of The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme: Annual Report 2017 – University of Bristol Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies and sets out a plan of action for each one.  The actions will help address the inequality in life expectancy between people with learning disabilities and the wider population by ensuring that staff supporting people with a learning disability understand their needs and can make adjustments to the way care is provided, to help people reach their full potential.

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Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper

Department for Health and Social Care, July 2018

This is the government’s response to the consultation on ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper’.  The consultation period lasted 13 weeks from December 2017 to March 2018 and received over 2,700 responses. The response sets out what was heard over the course of the consultation; the government’s response to respondents’ views; next steps for implementing the green paper’s proposals.

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Health, Ageing and Support: survey of views of people aged 50 and over: A study for the Department of Health

Department of Health and Social Care, May 2018

This report provides the results from an Ipsos MORI survey of the views of people aged 50 or over on health, ageing and support. The survey was conducted on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, and fieldwork took place between 4 January and 21 February 2016.  Key findings are:

  • People aged 50 and over take their physical and mental health seriously; they name numerous actions they take to maintain their health. Eating healthily is seen as important for both physical and mental health.
  • However, nearly half do not think a healthy lifestyle can prevent dementia.
  • Loneliness is seen as a big problem for older people and people aged 50 and over think society is not doing enough to prevent it.
  • Attitudes to care and support services are mixed but generally less positive than we see for the NHS. There are still large numbers unable to give an opinion either way (as seen in the 2015 Public Perceptions of the NHS and Social Care Tracker Survey).
  • There are doubts over whether hospitals provide the same standard of emergency care seven days a week.
  • There is a long way to go in terms of uptake of new digital channels, but this age group (who are higher service users) are more likely than the general public to have used them.
  • There is a lot more to do to ensure people prepare for future care costs and have the support they need to care for those close to them.

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The Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018: Guide for the health sector in England

Department of Health and Social Care, May 2018

The Network and Information Systems (NIS) Regulations came into force on 10 May 2018. The regulations place security and reporting requirements on ‘operators of essential services’, including in the healthcare sector.  The Department of Health and Social Care has incorporated the regulations into its approach to implementing the National Data Guardian’s 10 data security standards. These data security standards apply to all health and care organisations.

This guide sets out what this means in practice for health and care organisations, including compliance with the regulations and how this will be overseen.

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Think Autism strategy: governance refresh

Department of Health and Social Care, May 2018

The 19 objectives of the Think Autism strategy have been grouped under the following headings:

  • Measuring, understanding and reporting needs of autistic people
  • Workforce development
  • Health, care and wellbeing
  • Specific support
  • Participation in local community

This refresh outlines the implementation activities required to deliver its intended outcomes.

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Chief Social Worker for Adults Annual Report 2017-18: From strength to strength: Strengths-based practice and achieving better lives

Department of Health and Social Care, March 2018

Annual Report of the  Chief Social Worker for Adults (England) that focus’ on strengths-based practice  an approach that recognises everyone as citizens, including those in the most vulnerable circumstances and those with long-term needs. It’s about supporting their rights, acknowledging responsibilities and  empowering them with skills and expertise. It calls don social workers to deliver safe and best outcomes for people with health and care needs; and identifies social work priorities over the coming year to further raise the quality and profile of adult social work across an integrated system.

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