True Costs: Why we cannot ignore the failure in social care funding

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, October 2017

This report provides a warning to the government that the chronic under-funding of social care must be reversed. The report pinpoints key challenges faced by voluntary sector providers of adult social care, increasing demand for services, rising costs, and workforce recruitment and retention problems, which suggest that funding is insufficient.

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Accessible Information Standard

NHS England, June 2015

The Accessible Information Standard will be implemented on 31 July 2016 and aims to provide people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss with information that they can easily read or understand. This means informing organisations how to make sure people get information in different formats, for example in large print, braille or via a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.  All organisations that provide NHS or adult social care are required to follow the new standard, including NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, and GP practices.

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How can and should UK society adjust to dementia?

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 22 June 2015

The publication explores the application of the social model of disability to dementia. It looks in detail at what this social model is, and where it has come from, bringing together the authors’ interests in disability and ageing, and training in disability studies and health and social geography.

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The Bigger Picture: Understanding disability and care in England’s older population

The Strategic Society Centre, November 2014

This unique research project explores disability and care at a national, regional and local authority level in England.

It brings together data from Census 2011, DWP and HSCIC ‘administrative data’, as well as from Wave 6 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, to look at the prevalence of disability, need and care of different types, and to ‘paint a picture’ of the lives of different groups.

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Inclusive integration: How whole person care can work for adults with disabilities

IPPR, 18 December 2014

This report focusses on the needs of working-age disabled adults and particularly on how, as health and social care services are increasing integrated, they can be protected and more effectively met.  The report provides an empirical evidence base to demonstrate how whole person care should meet the needs of working age disabled adults. There are real challenges to integrating a health system that is free at the point of delivery with a means-tested social care system. There are also risks to the independence of disabled people if a more ‘medical’ model of the NHS was allowed to predominate over a whole person care approach.

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Occupational Therapists poised to play greater role in Blue Badge Assessments

College of Occupational Therapists, 13 January 2015

Blue Badge assessments will move from GPs to ‘independent mobility assessors’ following government reforms of the Blue Badge scheme. The change represents an ideal opportunity for OTs to take on additional responsibility particularly those working in local authorities as budgets begin to transfer from the NHS to social care…

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Tips for social workers on implementing the Care Act for deafblind people

Community Care, 8 January 2015

The most important date in social care this year will be the 1st April. This is when the Care Act comes in to force and it’s vital that local authorities and practitioners are ready for the changes this will bring.

For deafblind people, including the large numbers of older people with sight and hearing loss, the Act will bring welcome changes that will improve their experience of social care. Making sure the Act is implemented correctly however, is key to its success…

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