Social care for older people: Home truths

The King’s Fund, September 2016

This report, published jointly with the Nuffield Trust, looks at the current state of social care services for older people in England and considers the impact of cuts in local authority spending on social care providers and on older people, their families and carers. The picture that emerges is of social care providers under pressure, struggling to retain staff, maintain quality and stay in business; local authorities making unenviable choices about where to make reductions; a complex set of causes of delays in discharging older people from hospital; and the voluntary sector keeping services going even when funding was curtailed.

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Focus on: People with mental ill health and hospital use

Nuffield Trust, October 2015

A new study published by the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation, suggests that people with mental ill health are not having their physical health adequately managed, despite being known to the NHS for their mental health needs.  People with mental ill health had almost five times more emergency hospital admissions last year relative to people without; yet the vast majority of these emergency admissions were not explicitly to support mental health needs, and a proportion of them were potentially preventable.

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Viewpoint: reconsidering accountability in an age of integrated care

Nuffield Trust, July 2015

This paper examines the future of governance and accountability in the NHS and social care amid the rise of new provider models, a growing focus on integration and deep cuts in council funding.

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Cause for concern: QualityWatch annual statement 2014

Nuffield Trust, October 2014

The quality of health and social care services in England continues to be subject to intense scrutiny and debate. 

In this second annual statement from the QualityWatch programme, they draw on analysis of over 200 quality indicators and a series of in-depth research reports to provide an overview of how patterns of quality in services are changing across a range of care settings. 

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