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Tory council to hold referendum on 15% council tax hike to pay for social care

19 January 2017 England

Tory council to hold referendum on 15% council tax hike to pay for social care

A Tory-controlled local authority is to hold a referendum on raising council tax by 15% in response to funding cuts and the crisis in social care. Surrey County Council said it had a "huge gap" in its budget as a result of cuts from Westminster. The coun...

Over 500 potential victims identified in football child sex abuse inquiry

19 January 2017 England

Over 500 potential victims identified in football child sex abuse inquiry

More than 500 victims and 184 potential suspects have been identified by police investigating football's child sex abuse scandal, latest figures show. The inquiry involves 248 football clubs, spanning all tiers of the game from the Premier League down to amat...

Labour government to take failing care homes into public ownership, Corbyn

15 January 2017 England

Labour government to take failing care homes into public ownership, Corbyn

Financially failing care homes will be taken into public ownership under a Labour government in order to protect social care provision, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The Labour leader warned the entire social care system was at "serious risk of breakdown" unless th...

Dozens of health experts press PM for review of health and social care funding

11 January 2017 England

Dozens of health experts press PM for review of health and social care funding

Experts have warned the Prime Minister that the challenges facing the health and care system are set to "accelerate". A letter to Theresa May signed by 75 leading health and care experts, including from the charity Independent Age, the Royal College of Nursin...

Councils still commissioning 15-minute social care visits despite statutory guidance

10 January 2017 England

Councils still commissioning 15-minute social care visits despite statutory guidance

More than a fifth of councils in England are still commissioning 15-minute social care visits, despite the Government agreeing half an hour should be the minimum standard, it was reported. Around 16,000 people are still receiving "flying visits" by carers for...

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Charity warns over poverty and loneliness among over-50s with HIV

Charity warns over poverty and loneliness among over-50s with HIV

19 January 2017 England

More than half of over-50s with HIV are living in poverty, according to a new report. The study, from the Terrence Higgins Trust charity, said 58% of those with the condition are living in poverty - twice the number seen in the genera...

Partial Supreme Court victory for disabled over wheelchair spaces on buses

Partial Supreme Court victory for disabled over wheelchair spaces on buses

18 January 2017 England

Disabled travellers have won a partial victory at the Supreme Court in their battle for priority use of wheelchair spaces on buses. The case was triggered when wheelchair user Doug Paulley, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, attempted to ...

Sturgeon announces £29m funding pot for projects aimed at tackling poverty

Sturgeon announces £29m funding pot for projects aimed at tackling poverty

17 January 2017 Scotland

Projects which develop new ways to help people overcome disadvantage can now apply for a share of £29 million funding. The Scottish Government will direct £18.9 million into the Aspiring Communities Fund to help community organisation...

Youth offenders jail sees mob attacks and serious assaults on staff

Youth offenders jail sees mob attacks and serious assaults on staff

17 January 2017 England

Mob attacks and serious assaults on staff were among the incidents at a youth jail with high levels of violence, watchdogs found. There were 127 violent incidents recorded at HM Youth Offender Institution Cookham Wood in the six month...

Ministers urged to speed up efforts to reform health and social care

Ministers urged to speed up efforts to reform health and social care

17 January 2017 England

Conservative MPs have pressed ministers to speed up efforts to reform health and social care, with the existing system labelled a "complete mess" for patients. Former communities minister Mark Prisk said changes are needed to stop "bu...

Minister O’Neill launches public consultation on the draft Adoption and Children Bill

Minister O’Neill launches public consultation on the draft Adoption and Children Bill

16 January 2017 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill, has launched a 12 week public consultation on a draft Adoption and Children Bill. The Bill will modernise the legal framework for adoption in the north of Ireland and place childre...

Homelessness campaigner and 'inspirational leader' Jimmy Carlson dies aged 69

Homelessness campaigner and 'inspirational leader' Jimmy Carlson dies aged 69

16 January 2017 England

A former alcoholic who spent nearly a quarter of a century sleeping rough before turning his life around and becoming a campaigner for homeless people has died aged 69. Jimmy Carlson, who was awarded an OBE in 2012, died on January 8 ...

Charity issues care warning in protest against Birmingham City Council cuts

Charity issues care warning in protest against Birmingham City Council cuts

16 January 2017 England

A women's refuge charity is warning more children will end up in care and more domestic abuse victims will be murdered if proposed council cuts go ahead. Hundreds have been protesting against Birmingham City Council savings which have...

Launch of new awards recognising Scottish social services workforce

Launch of new awards recognising Scottish social services workforce

16 January 2017 Scotland

‘Putting your head above the parapet’ and ‘silo busting’ are two of the categories in the new Scottish Social Services Awards, launched today. Highlighting the commitment of the people in this sector, the awards acknowledge innovation...

Jeremy Hunt in line for £15m windfall from sale of business amid NHS crisis

Jeremy Hunt in line for £15m windfall from sale of business amid NHS crisis

16 January 2017 England

Under-fire Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt could be set to pocket more than £15 million from the sale of his education company as the NHS plunges into a full-blown crisis. Mr Hunt's firm Hotcourses, a listings provider, is reportedly nea...

Homecare system broken amid 'truly terrifying' rise in demand, former government adviser

Homecare system broken amid 'truly terrifying' rise in demand, former government adviser

15 January 2017 England

An ex-government policy adviser has described Britain's homecare system as broken as his firm sees an uptick in struggling councils seeking its help. Supercarers founder Adam Pike said the system is up against funding cuts, a shortage...

Large number of hospitals cancelling 'unprotected' cancer ops, RCS president

Large number of hospitals cancelling 'unprotected' cancer ops, RCS president

15 January 2017 England

A "large number" of hospitals are cancelling cancer operations this winter, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons has said, revealing the extent of the NHS crisis. Clare Marx said cancer surgery was no longer protected in the...

Scottish football authorities meet sexual abuse victims to set out terms of review

Scottish football authorities meet sexual abuse victims to set out terms of review

15 January 2017 Scotland

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) has met with victims of sexual abuse in the sport to offer support and set out the terms of an independent review of historic incidents. The sport has been rocked by claims from former players a...

North London care home placed in special measures following CQC inspection

North London care home placed in special measures following CQC inspection

13 January 2017 England

A care home in Holloway, north London, has been rated Inadequate by the Care Quality Commission. St Mungo’s Broadway – 2 Hilldrop Road, has been rated Inadequate overall. It was rated Inadequate for being safe, effective and well-led....

Urgent improvement notice issued to Edinburgh care at home service

Urgent improvement notice issued to Edinburgh care at home service

13 January 2017 Scotland

A care at home service in Edinburgh has been told to make urgent improvements in the care it provides to vulnerable people. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Homecare Support, an independent provider of h...

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Webwatch: Labour launch NHS incidents website to log experiences of substandard care

16 January 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: Labour launch NHS incidents website to log experiences of substandard care

Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of being out of touch with the NHS crisis and launched a website to counter her claims the hea...

Webwatch: Artificial intelligence toolkit spots new child sexual abuse media online

02 December 2016 Webwatch

Webwatch: Artificial intelligence toolkit spots new child sexual abuse media online

New artificial intelligence software designed to spot new child sexual abuse media online could help police catch child abusers. ...

Webwatch: NISCC Domiciliary Care Toolkit App gets refresh with latest practice info

01 December 2016 Webwatch

Webwatch: NISCC Domiciliary Care Toolkit App gets refresh with latest practice info

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), regulator for the social care workforce in NI, has refreshed their Mobile Learning...

Webwatch: Police Scotland launch online form for victims of stalking

25 November 2016 Webwatch

Webwatch: Police Scotland launch online form for victims of stalking

A new form which enables stalking victims to report the crime online has been launched. Police Scotland hopes the form will encoura...

Webwatch: Online breath test launched to help detect lung disease

16 November 2016 Webwatch

Webwatch: Online breath test launched to help detect lung disease

A charity has set up an "online breath test" which can help detect lung problems. People who get out of breath doing every day task...

Webwatch: Improvements to Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS)

02 November 2016 Webwatch

Webwatch: Improvements to Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS)

Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) is a website and digital library dedicated to social care. Content relates to policy, prac...

Webwatch: New online treatment trialled to tackle Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

01 November 2016 Webwatch

Webwatch: New online treatment trialled to tackle Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A disabling disease which drains energy out of sufferers is to be tackled with a new online treatment trial of more than 700 childre...

Webwatch: Cora - Virtual nurse on smartphones and tablets aims to prevent heart attacks

20 October 2016 Webwatch

Webwatch: Cora - Virtual nurse on smartphones and tablets aims to prevent heart attacks

A virtual nurse named Cora could save lives by preventing heart attacks, research suggests. The interactive avatar, on all smartpho...

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Engage: Britain’s criminal justice system doesn’t know what to do about autism

17 January 2017 Engage

Engage: Britain’s criminal justice system doesn’t know what to do about autism

Prison is not an easy ride – not least for those with autism spectrum disorder. We know from experience that some prisoners are more vulnerable to bullying and victimisation, more likely to be easily led and manipulated, and more vulnerable to sexual a...

Engage: Tips on reducing dinner stress for Christmas guests with dementia

22 December 2016 Engage

Engage: Tips on reducing dinner stress for Christmas guests with dementia

People who are hosting somebody with dementia for Christmas dinner are being urged to think about how they set the table to reduce stress levels. New tips suggest allowing people with dementia to graze on items such as sausage rolls, pigs in blankets and...

Engage: Social care sector in dire need of urgent reform

20 December 2016 Engage

Engage: Social care sector in dire need of urgent reform

There is a desperate need to bring new money into the social care system but existing proposals will not deliver this, says Professor Les Mayhew from the Cass Business School at City, University of London. The government’s proposals to use council tax to...

Engage: Richard Humphries asks, what now for social care?

12 December 2016 Engage

Engage: Richard Humphries asks, what now for social care?

Widespread dismay has greeted the omission of any reference in the 2016 Autumn Statement to the parlous state of social care funding. While few expected any fresh announcements about more money for the NHS, the level of unanimity in the calls for social c...

Engage: Charity helping Syrian children overcome psychological trauma of war

12 December 2016 Engage

Engage: Charity helping Syrian children overcome psychological trauma of war

Syrian children now living as refugees in Lebanon are being given psychological care to help them overcome the trauma of war thanks to support from a Scottish charity. The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (Sciaf) is helping to fund its partner ag...

Engage: It is more essential than ever celebrate the role of hospital social work

08 December 2016 Engage

Engage: It is more essential than ever celebrate the role of hospital social work

BASW CEO Dr Ruth Allen marks national Hospital Social Work Day 2016... Some of my most formative and rewarding work experiences have been in hospital settings, specifically on mental health wards. And some of the most skilled and inspirational social wo...

Engage: Social care services facing a daily crisis – the government must fund them properly

07 December 2016 Engage

Engage: Social care services facing a daily crisis – the government must fund them properly

Before the recent Autumn Statement, there was plenty of chatter about the government – at long last – putting more money into social care. The system has been starved of funds in recent years, with councils forced to provide significantly more care with v...

Engage: Adult Principal Social Worker Network - Valuing Hospital Social Work

06 December 2016 Engage

Engage: Adult Principal Social Worker Network - Valuing Hospital Social Work

This December 7th we will see a national day of celebration for Hospital social work, the practice and the social workers that make it happen. As we again enter into the period of high pressure on our social care services and staff it would be great to re...

Engage: Making Connections - The role of early help in social care

01 December 2016 Engage

Engage: Making Connections - The role of early help in social care

One of the key points made in the recently published ADCS report, Pillars & Foundations: Next practice in children’s services, was a call for the sector to become much more proactive in delivering early help. Underlining this was a recommendation for a gr...

Engage: How paedophiles speak to children online

30 November 2016 Engage

Engage: How paedophiles speak to children online

The internet has transformed our lives. As of July 2016, around 40% of the world’s population was online – that’s nearly 3.5 billion internet users. Since it was created, the web has gone from being a simple tool used to share and distribute informatio...

Engage: What social care employers need to know about zero hours contracts

18 November 2016 Engage

Engage: What social care employers need to know about zero hours contracts

The number of care workers on zero-hours contracts has jumped from one in 10 of the sector’s workforce to one in seven in the past year, according to an analysis of official data. There is no specific legal definition of zero hour contracts however they ...

Engage: Recruitment - Radical solutions to the ageing ‘care crisis’

18 November 2016 Engage

Engage: Recruitment - Radical solutions to the ageing ‘care crisis’

When hair-dressing or estate agency are booming we hear about the benefits. When social care is booming, we only tend to hear about the costs. The miracle of longevity is translated as the ‘care crisis’. However, there is a chance to make ageing the catal...

Education & Training

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Teenagers who access mental health services see significant improvements, study

18 January 2017

Teenagers who access mental health services see significant improvements, study

Young people with mental health problems who have contact with mental health services are significantly less likely to suffer from clinical depression later in their adolescence than those with equivalent difficulties who do not receive tre...

Study finds patients with long term conditions overestimate life expectancy

13 January 2017

Study finds patients with long term conditions overestimate life expectancy

A review of studies examining perceived life expectancy among people with long term health conditions has found patients may overestimate their life expectancy. In a review of more than 700 patients from the UK, Netherlands and the USA w...

Birmingham reseachers find 'just about managing' families need more help to save

13 January 2017

Birmingham reseachers find 'just about managing' families need more help to save

Three-fifths of low and middle income households are currently unable to save money, while for people already saving, the ratio between spending and saving is dramatically falling, researchers say. A new report from CHASM, University of Bi...

Prejudice and bullying against children in care explored in Childhood Studies conference

12 January 2017

Prejudice and bullying against children in care explored in Childhood Studies conference

Many inspirational figures in popular culture – from Harry Potter to Superman – were fostered, adopted or institutionalised as youngsters. Wider recognition of this could help to dispel prejudice against children in care, claimed poet, dram...

MMU history project looks to ease winter loneliness for older people in Stockport

20 December 2016

MMU history project looks to ease winter loneliness for older people in Stockport

Academics at Manchester Metropolitan University are working in partnership with Age UK Stockport to help combat loneliness for older people during the festive period and winter months. A recent study conducted by Age UK has shown that cert...

Researchers announce potential advance in drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

20 December 2016

Researchers announce potential advance in drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

An international team of scientists has announced a new advance in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by identifying a new drug target for not only improving symptoms of brain degeneration – but also to extend the life-span of the termin...

University of Gloucestershire gets green light for new nursing degree in 2017

20 December 2016

University of Gloucestershire gets green light for new nursing degree in 2017

The University of Gloucestershire has been given the green light to offer a new nursing degree from September 2017, after the course was approved, subject to conditions, by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This new course aims to tackle ...

Plymouth initiative aims to improve integration of health and social care services

20 December 2016

Plymouth initiative aims to improve integration of health and social care services

From lay input in research to how a clinic runs, from medical revalidation to patient forums, healthcare professionals increasingly need effective patient input if they are to provide a relevant, sustainable and effective service. Conv...

Researchers identify barriers stopping minority groups accessing mental health services

20 December 2016

Researchers identify barriers stopping minority groups accessing mental health services

Members of black and minority ethnic (BME) groups face barriers to mental health services because of a communication breakdown between healthcare users and providers, and cultural factors, such as an inability to accept mental health proble...

Record gap between rich and poor students winning university places

15 December 2016

Record gap between rich and poor students winning university places

The gulf between the numbers of rich and poor children winning university places has reached record levels, figures from Ucas show. Students who received free school meals - the long-time indicator of poverty - are less than half as likely...

Charity's Dementia Lead recognised for innovative project at university awards

14 December 2016

Charity's Dementia Lead recognised for innovative project at university awards

The Head of Dementia Innovation at a national charity has been honoured with a prestigious award, given in memory of a dementia activist. April Dobson is the 2016 recipient of the Hennell Award for Innovation and Excellence in Dementia Car...

Research survey wants to hear from men forced to have sex against their will

13 December 2016

Research survey wants to hear from men forced to have sex against their will

Researchers want to hear from men who are forced by women to have sex against their will. The study aims to uncover the extent of so-called "forced to penetrate" cases and has invited men who have experienced such circumstances to complete...

Stirling researchers to survey Scotland's over 50s as part of long-term ageing study

09 December 2016

Stirling researchers to survey Scotland's over 50s as part of long-term ageing study

Researchers undertaking Scotland’s first long-term study of the health, economic and social circumstances of people aged 50-plus are now seeking insight from individuals across Scotland. Experts from the University of Stirling-led Health...

Huddersfield to use interactive gaming technology as social work training aid

09 December 2016

Huddersfield to use interactive gaming technology as social work training aid

A computer game enabling trainee social workers to immerse themselves in a wide range of challenging situations is among a range of initiatives being developed by the University of Huddersfield, backed by the Departments of Health and Educa...

Research finds search engines could help young people find best mental health resources

09 December 2016

Research finds search engines could help young people find best mental health resources

Search engines and content providers could have a role to play in helping young people find the most reliable mental health resources online, research at the University of Strathclyde has found. Thousands of websites and apps relating to m...

Researchers explore extent of mental and physical health problems caused by homelessness

02 December 2016

Researchers explore extent of mental and physical health problems caused by homelessness

The extent of the mental and physical health problems caused by homelessness is laid bare in a new report. Research into the experiences of 64 people who are homeless or facing housing problems in Newham, London, found some living in slum-...

Edge Hill lecturer helps unveil new plan to give young offenders a voice

01 December 2016

Edge Hill lecturer helps unveil new plan to give young offenders a voice

Edge Hill University lecturer, Sean Creaney, has helped unveil a new plan to give young offenders a voice in their punishment. Sean, a lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour, advised the Youth Justice Board on their new P...

Teenagers could see long-term benefits from new treatments for depression

30 November 2016

Teenagers could see long-term benefits from new treatments for depression

More than two-thirds of adolescents who suffer from depression could see long-term benefits from receiving one of three psychological treatments – of which only one is currently recommended on the NHS – according to research published in Th...

University host former Royal chef on how to cook for people with dementia

25 November 2016

University host former Royal chef on how to cook for people with dementia

A former chef to the Royal family has given advice about preparing food for people with dementia. Peter Morgan-Jones, who has also previously worked in Michelin starred restaurants in Australia and cooked for the Lawn Tennis Association at...

DMU student's film shows her triumph over Asperger's syndrome

18 November 2016

DMU student's film shows her triumph over Asperger's syndrome

A De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) student has launched a campaign to show that having Asperger’s syndrome should pose no barriers to living a full and happy life. Jenny Brooks - who was diagnosed at the age of 13 - wants others with...

Acclaimed author to offer insight into manic depression at Wolverhampton lecture

18 November 2016

Acclaimed author to offer insight into manic depression at Wolverhampton lecture

An acclaimed author will give a guest lecture at the University of Wolverhampton next week, discussing issues around her latest book, which documents a year-long episode of manic depression. Jay Griffiths’ newest work, Tristimania: A Diary...

University of Kent to host conference addressing challenges facing child refugees

18 November 2016

University of Kent to host conference addressing challenges facing child refugees

As the number of displaced children around the world reaches historic levels, experts who work with child refugees will gather at the University of Kent next week.  Held in the Darwin conference centre on Thursday 24 November, Child Refu...

DMU students play leading role in raising awareness of sexual and domestic violence

11 November 2016

DMU students play leading role in raising awareness of sexual and domestic violence

The powerful role of theatre in educating people on sexual and domestic violence and abuse is being demonstrated by a Drama student and alumni from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) today. Calum Harris, Kirsty Murno and Edward Spence ...

Alzheimer’s 'Champion' launches dementia-inspired art exhibition at Sheffield Hallam

02 November 2016

Alzheimer’s 'Champion' launches dementia-inspired art exhibition at Sheffield Hallam

National Champion for Alzheimer’s Research UK, Lee Pearse, is holding an art exhibition at Sheffield Hallam University in November, revolving around the theme of dementia. ‘All Our Brains’ is a free exhibition that will be running as par...

Migrant and refugee stories to ‘come to life’ through University of Gloucestershire-led project

02 November 2016

Migrant and refugee stories to ‘come to life’ through University of Gloucestershire-led project

The University of Gloucestershire has won €237,000 of EU funding to lead a project to help schools, universities and other organisations better understand the backgrounds of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. ‘MyStory: Digital Stor...

Cancer survivors sought for international study on the emotional impact of the disease

27 October 2016

Cancer survivors sought for international study on the emotional impact of the disease

Researchers investigating the emotional impact of cancer are looking for people affected by the disease to take part in an international study. Led by researchers at the University of Chester Research Unit for the Psychology of Health, the...

Sheffield Hallam priased for commitment to supporting care leavers

27 October 2016

Sheffield Hallam priased for commitment to supporting care leavers

Sheffield Hallam University has become one of the first universities in the country to sign up to the Care Leavers' Covenant, to demonstrate its commitment to support young people who have experienced the care system. The Care Leavers' ...

Liverpool Hope social work student reflects on Palestinian field trip

26 October 2016

Liverpool Hope social work student reflects on Palestinian field trip

Final year Liverpool Hope University social work student Carol Robinson reflects on her experiences in Palestine during a trip with the Department of Social Work, Care and Justice. Why Palestine? Is the question I was asked most.  My reas...

Virtual College announce free online training resources to tackle sepsis crisis

25 October 2016

Virtual College announce free online training resources to tackle sepsis crisis

The Virtual College, working with the UK Sepsis Trust, has announced the development of free online training resources to help tackle the sepsis crisis. Sepsis claims 44,000 lives annually in the UK and costs the NHS an estimated £2.5 bi...

New national Mental Health Core Skills Education and Training Framework announced

12 October 2016

New national Mental Health Core Skills Education and Training Framework announced

Skills for Health, in collaboration with Health Education England and Skills for Care, have announced a new national Mental Health Core Skills Education and Training Framework will be launched on the 26th of October, 2016. The framework is ...

Eight-week study announced to assess impact of ADHD drug on young offenders

12 October 2016

Eight-week study announced to assess impact of ADHD drug on young offenders

A new study led by researchers from King’s College London, the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College London, will investigate whether a drug called methylphenidate (MPH) reduces symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (A...

University lecturer recognised with double award for contribution to Autism

11 October 2016

University lecturer recognised with double award for contribution to Autism

Dr Luke Beardon from Sheffield Hallam University's Autism Centre has won two awards at the inaugural UK Autism Hero Awards. Organised by the Anna Kennedy Online Charity, the Autism Hero Awards has been created to showcase the excellence ...

One week left to register for Lancaster University MOOC on Palliative Care

11 October 2016

One week left to register for Lancaster University MOOC on Palliative Care

Palliative care is often thought of as care in the last days or hours of life but in reality it can be offered to anyone with a life limiting illness to support them throughout their disease journey. Four years ago, Lancaster University ...

Chair takes position at new Professorship with focus on mental health nursing in Essex

11 October 2016

Chair takes position at new Professorship with focus on mental health nursing in Essex

Professor Fiona Nolan has taken up her position as Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair in Clinical Mental Health Nursing Practice Research at the University of Essex. The new Professorship, in the School of Health and Human Sciences at E...

Liverpool Hope to host distinguished lecture series examining future of UK social work

04 October 2016

Liverpool Hope to host distinguished lecture series examining future of UK social work

The future of social work in the UK and how it contributes to the world around us will be discussed in a series of new distinguished lectures at Liverpool Hope University. Beginning on Wednesay 5th October, the series will bring some of th...

Research to explore final year social work students understanding of real-life scenarios

03 October 2016

Research to explore final year social work students understanding of real-life scenarios

New research offered at London South Bank University (LSBU) will enable social work students to learn to see through the eyes of experts. LSBU has received funding support from the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust to launch a research ...

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Consultation: Inquiry into loneliness and isolation - National Assembly for Wales

17 January 2017 Reports & Resources

Consultation: Inquiry into loneliness and isolation - National Assembly for Wales

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee of the National Assembly for Wales has launched an inquiry into loneliness and isolation. There is evidenc...

Guidance: Revised Standards of proficiency for social workers in England published

13 January 2017 Reports & Resources

Guidance: Revised Standards of proficiency for social workers in England published

The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) have published their revised Standards of proficiency (SOPs) for social workers in England. The standard...

Survey: NHS Digital survey on information and technology support for Social Workers

13 January 2017 Reports & Resources

Survey: NHS Digital survey on information and technology support for Social Workers

NHS Digital has commissioned SCIE in partnership with market research agency, GfK, to gather insights into how the social work role can be supported, ...

Report: Publication of Northern Ireland Care Leavers 2015/16

13 January 2017 Reports & Resources

Report: Publication of Northern Ireland Care Leavers 2015/16

The Department of Health published a statistical bulletin summarising information on care leavers in the north of Ireland who left care during the yea...

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New Certificate in Care qualification aimed at 1.3million frontline staff

19 December 2016 New To Care

New Certificate in Care qualification aimed at 1.3million frontline staff

The Skills for Health Level 2 Certificate in Care Qualification is a new qualification to support the delivery of the Care Certificate, brought to you by SFJ Awards....

1,000 student nurses to train on the job under apprenticeship scheme

30 November 2016 New To Care

1,000 student nurses to train on the job under apprenticeship scheme

Student nurses will be able to train on the job rather than having to do a traditional degree, the Health Secretary is to announce. Jeremy Hunt will unveil plan...

Care provider to recruit 25 care assistants at Jobs Fair in Guildford

24 November 2016 New To Care

Care provider to recruit 25 care assistants at Jobs Fair in Guildford

People considering a career in care can chat to Bluebird Care’s fully-trained workers at a ‘Care Job Fair’ at Guildford Job Centre next week.  Learning a variety of ...

QMU graduate offers insight into career as a Music Therapist

23 November 2016 New To Care

QMU graduate offers insight into career as a Music Therapist

If you've ever considered a career in Music Therapy or wondered what career routes might be available, then this is sure to interest you. Here we explore the MSc in...

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Report finds job vacancies increasing despite Brexit uncertainty

17 January 2017 Career Advice

Report finds job vacancies increasing despite Brexit uncertainty

Job vacancies are increasing despite continued uncertainty over what will happen to the economy when the UK leaves the European Union, according to a ...

How to rekindle your love for your job in social care

06 January 2017 Career Advice

How to rekindle your love for your job in social care

If you work in social care, chances are high that you once chose your profession out of a genuine desire to help other people. It’s an advantage you h...

Jobseekers scuppering prospects with 'silly mistakes', survey warns

27 October 2016 Career Advice

Jobseekers scuppering prospects with 'silly mistakes', survey warns

Jobseekers are ruining their chances of finding work by arriving late for interviews, or even lying and swearing when meeting prospective employers, a...

Age discrimination 'still an issue' for most older jobseekers, study reveals

21 October 2016 Career Advice

Age discrimination 'still an issue' for most older jobseekers, study reveals

Most older people have felt discriminated against by a prospective employer because of their age, a new study shows. Research by totaljobs revealed t...