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Half of large care home providers have at least one in four failing homes

18 January 2018 England

Half of large care home providers have at least one in four failing homes

Half of England's large care home providers for the elderly have at least one in four failing homes in their network, a study has found. Analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection results showed some of the 54 providers operating at least 12 homes i...

NHS is in 'dangerous downward spiral' as 33,000 nurses leave in past year

17 January 2018 England

NHS is in 'dangerous downward spiral' as 33,000 nurses leave in past year

The NHS in England is in a "dangerous downward spiral" by "haemorrhaging" nurses, experts have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) urged ministers to act after new analysis concluded more than 10% of the nursing workforce left NHS employment in each of...

Demands for efficiency savings on care funding packages risking patient safety

17 January 2018 England

Demands for efficiency savings on care funding packages risking patient safety

Demands for efficiency savings on the cost of care for some sick and disabled patients could put patient safety at risk, MPs have said. Officials want local health bodies to cut the amount spent on the NHS's Continuing Healthcare funding packages and NHS-fund...

Standards of mental health care being hit by staff shortages, report warns

16 January 2018 England

Standards of mental health care being hit by staff shortages, report warns

Growing staff shortages in mental health care are affecting the quality and safety of care, a new report has warned. Meanwhile the funding gap between the amount spent on acute hospitals and mental health trusts has widened in England, the authors claimed. T...

Toddler Poppi Worthington was sexaully abused before her death says coroner

15 January 2018 England

Toddler Poppi Worthington was sexaully abused before her death says coroner

Toddler Poppi Worthington was sexually abused before her death, a coroner has ruled. The "fit and active" 13-month-old was in an "unsafe" sleeping environment and suffered injuries to her bottom caused by penetration, Cumbria's senior coroner David Roberts sa...

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PM appoints minister to tackle misery of loneliness endured by nine million

PM appoints minister to tackle misery of loneliness endured by nine million

17 January 2018 England

A minister for loneliness has been appointed to help tackle the misery endured by around nine million Britons. Theresa May has backed a series of recommendations made by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, which highlighted how wides...

Council faces backlash over 'shameful' adverts which demonise homeless

Council faces backlash over 'shameful' adverts which demonise homeless

17 January 2018 England

A council has been criticised for erecting posters that make passers-by "suspicious of homeless people". The poster, by Gloucester City Council, states: "Are you really helping homeless people? "In some cases, the people you see slee...

Public urged to act as 'first line of defence' in fight against modern slavery

Public urged to act as 'first line of defence' in fight against modern slavery

17 January 2018 England

Councils have warned of a rise in the number of potential modern slavery victims identified as they called on the public to act as the "first line of defence" in efforts to tackle the scourge. Town halls highlighted official figures s...

Judge issues warning for social workers at odds with sick children's parents

Judge issues warning for social workers at odds with sick children's parents

17 January 2018 England

Council social services bosses must think long and hard before trying to take severely-disabled children from the care of their parents, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales has warned. Sir James Munby (pictured) sa...

Health expert brands Boris Johnson's 'extra £350M for NHS' claim 'ridiculous'

Health expert brands Boris Johnson's 'extra £350M for NHS' claim 'ridiculous'

17 January 2018 England

Boris Johnson's comment that the Leave campaign under-estimated when it claimed Brexit would allow an extra £350 million to be spent on the NHS weekly has been branded "ridiculous". Leading health expert Professor Sir Michael Marmot s...

Council to consult over proposed buffer zone outside abortion clinic

Council to consult over proposed buffer zone outside abortion clinic

17 January 2018 England

The introduction of what is believed to be the UK's first ever buffer zone to stop anti-abortion protesters from gathering outside an abortion clinic has come a step closer. A cabinet of Ealing council unanimously voted to begin a pub...

Elderly nun tells inquiry no children were abused at orphanage

Elderly nun tells inquiry no children were abused at orphanage

17 January 2018 Scotland

An elderly nun has denied children were beaten, force-fed and humiliated at a controversial care institution. The 92-year-old woman told Scotland's Child Abuse Inquiry she had not witnessed any cruelty or struck any youngsters herself...

Tory MP apologises over suggestion unemployed people should have vasectomies

Tory MP apologises over suggestion unemployed people should have vasectomies

16 January 2018 England

A Tory MP promoted in Theresa May's reshuffle has apologised over a blog post suggesting benefit claimants should have vasectomies. Ben Bradley, who was named as Conservative vice chairman for youth, said people on welfare should stop...

Pair jailed for life over murder of homesless man in Maidstone

Pair jailed for life over murder of homesless man in Maidstone

16 January 2018 England

Two young men who bludgeoned a homeless Romanian to death with a meat cleaver have been sentenced to life in prison. Razvan Sirbu, 21, was left with a broken skull, and fractures to his face and ribs after Charlie White (left) and Ale...

'Scared and let down' - Emily Maitlis attacks criminal justice system over harassment

'Scared and let down' - Emily Maitlis attacks criminal justice system over harassment

16 January 2018 England

Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has criticised the criminal justice system for letting a former university friend continue his 20-year campaign of harassment against her. Obsessive Edward Vines, 47, has stalked the BBC journalist si...

Third rape case collapses after defence unearths key evidence

Third rape case collapses after defence unearths key evidence

16 January 2018 England

A third rape case in just over a month has collapsed after a failure from investigators to find key evidence. The case against Samson Makele was halted at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday after his defence team unearthed key images f...

Scottish Medicines Consortium rejects cancer drugs for routine use on NHS

Scottish Medicines Consortium rejects cancer drugs for routine use on NHS

16 January 2018 Scotland

Drugs used to treat two rare cancers have been turned down for routine use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) advised against the medicines as it ruled the cost outweighed the benefits, despite being allow...

Woman abused and raped as child not capable of caring for daughter, judge

Woman abused and raped as child not capable of caring for daughter, judge

16 January 2018 England

A woman who was abused and raped as a child is not capable of caring for her toddler daughter, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Jessica Pemberton said the woman, now in her early 20s, had not been given the "foundation" to enable...

Loreburn gets go-ahead for dementia-friendly homes in Stranraer

Loreburn gets go-ahead for dementia-friendly homes in Stranraer

15 January 2018 Scotland

Loreburn Housing Association has been given the go-ahead by Dumfries and Galloway Council to redevelop the site of the former Garrick Hospital in Stranraer by building dementia-friendly housing alongside an innovative “youth foyer”. T...

Inspectorate in name change and update to website & social media channels

Inspectorate in name change and update to website & social media channels

15 January 2018 Wales

From today, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) will be known as Care Inspectorate Wales or CIW. From now on, if you see the name ‘Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales’ or ‘CSSIW’, this should be read as ‘C...

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Webwatch: Children 'ill-equipped for avalanche of pressure' on social media

04 January 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Children 'ill-equipped for avalanche of pressure' on social media

Pre-teens are "ill-equipped" for the "avalanche of pressure" on social media as they head into secondary school, the Children's Comm...

Webwatch: Free app to help cut patients' waiting time by showing how busy NHS services are

14 December 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: Free app to help cut patients' waiting time by showing how busy NHS services are

A new free app which shows how busy local NHS services are will help people to spend less time waiting for treatment. The app, NHSq...

Webwatch: Anti-rape apps 'place responsibility on everyone except perpetrators'

14 December 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: Anti-rape apps 'place responsibility on everyone except perpetrators'

Anti-rape apps create a "climate of fear" where responsibility for gathering evidence of a sexual assault is pushed on to victims, a...

Webwatch: Brands pull ads from YouTube over fears of access by paedophiles

24 November 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: Brands pull ads from YouTube over fears of access by paedophiles

Major brands have begin pulling advertising from YouTube after it was reported that paedophiles are operating on the site and evadin...

Webwatch: Evidence Search and Summary Service from Iriss

26 October 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: Evidence Search and Summary Service from Iriss

Finding and using evidence in practice can take time, and yet, is so important to continuous learning and improvement of practice an...

Webwatch: I•ROC wellbeing launch validated mental health recovery tools

10 October 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: I•ROC wellbeing launch validated mental health recovery tools

I•ROC wellbeing, a subsidiary company of Scottish mental health charity Penumbra, has launched a powerful set of digital mental heal...

Webwatch: New App to enhance home and hospital environments for dementia sufferers

21 September 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: New App to enhance home and hospital environments for dementia sufferers

A new app could help enhance home and hospital environments for elderly people and those with dementia, by asking them to give feedb...

Webwatch: Get savvy about social media with new online course

14 September 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: Get savvy about social media with new online course

The web offers tools to help you find information, learn new skills and build new connections. If you want to build on continuing pr...

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Engage: West Sussex County Council - Repairing Families from the Bottom Up

11 January 2018 Engage

Engage: West Sussex County Council - Repairing Families from the Bottom Up

This is a sponsored article and is brought to you by West Sussex County Council. At West Sussex County Council we are doing something inspirational, something we are really proud of - creating a brighter future for the children and families we work with....

Engage: Supporting ‘hard-to-place’ children and still achieving better inspections

10 January 2018 Engage

Engage: Supporting ‘hard-to-place’ children and still achieving better inspections

Eleanor Schooling writes that it is possible for homes to support ‘hard-to-place’ children and still achieve a good or better inspection outcome. Today, I want to talk about the children living in children’s homes. While the majority of childre...

Engage: Fact Check - Are there more beds available across the NHS?

08 January 2018 Engage

Engage: Fact Check - Are there more beds available across the NHS?

We have put extra funding in. There are more beds available across the system, we’ve reduced the number of delayed discharges of elderly people who would otherwise have been in NHS beds rather than in social care. British prime minister, Theresa May,...

Engage: Child sexual abuse - hearing the cry for help is not always a simple task

08 January 2018 Engage

Engage: Child sexual abuse - hearing the cry for help is not always a simple task

Child sexual abuse is on the rise in the UK with the NSPCC announcing a 31% increase in police referrals in 2017 compared to the previous year. Worryingly, this is just the tip of the iceberg as child sexual abuse is widely under-reported. My research has...

Engage: Growing the social care workforce - Top 5 things we have learnt in Essex

21 November 2017 Engage

Engage: Growing the social care workforce - Top 5 things we have learnt in Essex

In many parts of England employment levels are at record levels and I regularly hear anecdotes from contacts across the South of England that every time a new super-market opens, the social care labour pool shrinks or disappears. There have never been mor...

Engage: Record high Section 47s leave vulnerable children facing ‘generational trauma’

15 November 2017 Engage

Engage: Record high Section 47s leave vulnerable children facing ‘generational trauma’

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) CEO, Dr. Ruth Allen, has warned the Government that we are facing “generational trauma” for children who are stuck in poverty and increasingly at risk of neglect, following the unveiling of data showing a r...

Engage: A partnership approach to supporting social workers to access research

14 November 2017 Engage

Engage: A partnership approach to supporting social workers to access research

The development of this initiative began with an email received by the Learning and Development team within North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP): Dear L&D team, please could you purchase the attached article for me, as this seems re...

With lowest proportion of children in care, can Northern Irish model be used across UK

01 November 2017 Engage

With lowest proportion of children in care, can Northern Irish model be used across UK

A newly-appointed professor at the University of Huddersfield has played a key role in an ambitious research project investigating inequalities in child welfare provision throughout the UK. It has now begun a line of enquiry into the possibility that Nort...

Engage: Perversion that challenges nurturing notion of motherhood

27 October 2017 Engage

Engage: Perversion that challenges nurturing notion of motherhood

Child sex abuse is shocking enough but when the perpetrator is a woman it is harder for society to accept because it seems to challenge the nurturing sense of motherhood. The crimes of nursery worker Vanessa George (pictured) and co-defendants Tracy Dawb...

Awards: Finalists & Regional Winners Announced For Our Health Heroes

25 October 2017 Engage

Awards: Finalists & Regional Winners Announced For Our Health Heroes

Healthcare Workers who provide excellent patient care across the UK have been announced as finalists and regional winners for the Skills for Health’s Our Health Heroes Awards 2017, sponsored by Health Education England. The Our Health Heroes Awards, esta...

Engage: The future of care home provision in the UK

02 October 2017 Engage

Engage: The future of care home provision in the UK

We all need extra help and assistance sometimes, whether we have an illness or are just getting older. The UK population is living longer than ever before. According to the Office of National Statistics, life expectancy has generally increased steadily ov...

Engage: How to create the working environment care professionals desire

11 September 2017 Engage

Engage: How to create the working environment care professionals desire

The healthcare industry is continuously under fire in the news recently, with extreme staff shortages and poor working conditions hitting the headlines. This is becoming a large problem, especially bearing in mind that the UK’s ageing population is in con...

Education & Training

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Researchers warn true picture of domestic violent crime could become less visible

10 January 2018

Researchers warn true picture of domestic violent crime could become less visible

Violence against women could become significantly less visible in police-recorded crime figures when a new counting method comes into effect, warn researchers at Lancaster University. Plans for Home Office Counting Rules to count coercive ...

National research extended to stop young adults with ADHD slipping through net

10 January 2018

National research extended to stop young adults with ADHD slipping through net

Researchers at the University of Exeter have launched the second phase of a national survey to help identify existing services and gaps in provision for young adults with Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD). Once considered to ...

University makes 'significant step' using stinging nettles substance in cancer treatment

10 January 2018

University makes 'significant step' using stinging nettles substance in cancer treatment

Cancer cells can be targeted and destroyed more effectively using a substance found in stinging nettles and ants, research has found. The new treatment, named JPC11, can be recycled and reused within affected cells to attack them repeatedl...

Foundation to fund bursaries for care experienced Westminster students

18 December 2017

Foundation to fund bursaries for care experienced Westminster students

The Sir John Cass’s Foundation is to fund a series of ‘Completion Bursaries’ for care experienced students - those who have spent time in care under the age of 18 - in their final year of study at the University of Westminster. A grant of £...

UWL event explores how art, music and food can improve lives of people with dementia

23 November 2017

UWL event explores how art, music and food can improve lives of people with dementia

People with dementia and their carers were special guests at a unique event about how art, music and food can improve the lives of people with the condition. ‘Stimulating all the senses: art, food, music and dementia’ took place at t...

Social workers gather at event to discuss children facing death or bereavement

23 November 2017

Social workers gather at event to discuss children facing death or bereavement

The challenges faced by children dealing with death or a bereavement in their family were discussed at a national conference hosted at the University of Chichester. Nearly 100 practitioners working with or supporting children facing life-s...

Violence within partnerships influences women’s partner preferences, new research

23 November 2017

Violence within partnerships influences women’s partner preferences, new research

Women who are subjected to violence within partnerships prefer more feminine men, according to new research carried out by scientists at the University of St Andrews. The study, carried out by academics from the School of Psychology and Ne...

New learning and development framework for occupational therapists in Wales

16 November 2017

New learning and development framework for occupational therapists in Wales

A new learning and development framework for occupational therapists working in Welsh social care has been announced today. 'Occupational Therapists in Social Care – A Learning and Development Framework' is being launched at an event thi...

Edge Hill secures health research grant to help young adults with complex care needs

16 November 2017

Edge Hill secures health research grant to help young adults with complex care needs

Edge Hill University has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research to review the provision of respite care for young adults with life limiting conditions or complex needs. The research team, led by Sally Spencer, Pro...

Care experienced graduate wins top award for 'From Care To Chaos' documentary

16 November 2017

Care experienced graduate wins top award for 'From Care To Chaos' documentary

A woman who grew up in care has won a prestigious award for her documentary about young people in the care system. Rebecca Southworth, who graduated from the University of Salford’s BA Television and Radio (BATAR) programme with a first ...

Plymouth develop resource to assist health services deliver more personalised care

16 November 2017

Plymouth develop resource to assist health services deliver more personalised care

Public sector organisations are being driven to produce greater efficiencies and cost savings, and the NHS in particular is facing the requirement to do more with less, and deliver better and more effective care while at the same time reduc...

Cardiff University chosen as research partner for What Works Centre for Children's Social Care

16 November 2017

Cardiff University chosen as research partner for What Works Centre for Children's Social Care

Cardiff University has been chosen as the research partner in a £4.85m initiative to help improve the lives of children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. The Department for Education has named the University’s Children’s Social Care R...

Sheffield Hallam to deliver new trial to improve aftercare of cancer survivors

16 November 2017

Sheffield Hallam to deliver new trial to improve aftercare of cancer survivors

A new project to transform the aftercare and improve the quality of life for cancer survivors is being delivered by Sheffield Hallam University thanks to a £2.5million funding award by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). ...

Sheffield's social science festival to put spotlight on autism

02 November 2017

Sheffield's social science festival to put spotlight on autism

The public's perception of autism will be one of the major themes explored next week as the Festival of Social Science returns to Sheffield. The free festival, which is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, is a week-long ser...

Middlesex initiative aims to improve standards in social care and training of social workers

02 November 2017

Middlesex initiative aims to improve standards in social care and training of social workers

Middlesex University has this week launched the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership, a national project funded by the Department for Education in order to build excellence in social work teaching and practice. It aims to improv...

Heriot-Watt develop facial expressions robot which 'could help autistic adults find work'

17 October 2017

Heriot-Watt develop facial expressions robot which 'could help autistic adults find work'

A robot which teaches people key facial expressions could help boost the employment outlook for autistic adults, researchers have claimed. The current UK unemployment rate is 4.4% but just 14% of autistic adults have a full-time job. Rese...

Dundee contributes to University of Edinburgh's 100 years of social work celebrations

05 October 2017

Dundee contributes to University of Edinburgh's 100 years of social work celebrations

As the University of Edinburgh celebrates a centenary of social work education this month, staff from our social work programmes at the University of Dundee have made key contributions and participate in a number of ways, including talks, a...

Social work conference aims to address challenges of children coping with bereavement

04 October 2017

Social work conference aims to address challenges of children coping with bereavement

The subject of children facing death or a bereavement in their family will be discussed at the University of Chichester next month. A conference, on Friday 20 October, will explore how young people cope with terminal illness based on...

New Drug Recovery Game aims to help social care staff understand the recovery journey

02 October 2017

New Drug Recovery Game aims to help social care staff understand the recovery journey

Researchers from City, University of London have launched The Drug Recovery Game, a new board game designed to help frontline health, social and community care staff understand the realities of drug recovery. Staff working with people who ...

Changes to criminal justice system for offenders and victims to be explored at Leicester event

25 September 2017

Changes to criminal justice system for offenders and victims to be explored at Leicester event

The consequences of recent and future changes to the criminal justice system and how this will affect offenders and victims will be explored at an event organised by the University of Leicester on Wednesday 27 September. The free public ...

Researchers find ad campaigns effective in cutting alcohol-fueled sexual advances

25 September 2017

Researchers find ad campaigns effective in cutting alcohol-fueled sexual advances

Research by the University of Brighton has shown than publicity campaigns can help combat alcohol-fueled sexual contact. Dr Matthew Wood, from the University’s Brighton Business School, teamed up with Professor Paurav Shu...

Social workers sought for study exploring practice in times of austerity

24 September 2017

Social workers sought for study exploring practice in times of austerity

Social workers are being urged to contribute their experiences of practising in an age of austerity for a new study. The research by University of Wolverhampton and supported by BASW aims to gain a deeper understanding of how reduced fundi...

University of Derby launches online Integrative Health and Social Care HE Diploma

20 September 2017

University of Derby launches online Integrative Health and Social Care HE Diploma

The University of Derby has launched a new course aimed at supporting health and social care workers into higher education while they continue to work and earn. The Diploma of Higher Education in Health and Social Care has been devel...

Large-scale clinical trial to examine care strategies for preventing falls at home

18 September 2017

Large-scale clinical trial to examine care strategies for preventing falls at home

A new large-scale clinical trial is testing the effectiveness of NHS home assessment strategies in preventing elderly people from falling unnecessarily Falling in elderly people is a common problem, with almost 50% of those over the age o...

Dundee University awarded £2m grant for 'innovative' cancer research

18 September 2017

Dundee University awarded £2m grant for 'innovative' cancer research

A university has been awarded a £2 million grant to pursue an "innovative" strand of research into cancer. Professor Karim Labib and his team at the University of Dundee will explore the role one of the most fundamental processes in cell b...

Participants required to inform pioneering study on young onset dementia

11 September 2017

Participants required to inform pioneering study on young onset dementia

An innovative study to improve the diagnosis and post-diagnostic support for younger people with dementia and their families is seeking participants to further research in this area. The Angela Project, dedicated to Angela a lady with youn...

Study of teens with severe conduct disorder reveals emotion recognition difficulties

08 September 2017

Study of teens with severe conduct disorder reveals emotion recognition difficulties

Teenagers with severe antisocial behaviour have difficulty recognising facial expressions and are less likely to look at people's eyes, a study has found. Researchers used eye-tracking methods to investigate why teenagers with conduct diso...

Leeds researchers establish links between lack of sleep and poor mental wellbeing

05 September 2017

Leeds researchers establish links between lack of sleep and poor mental wellbeing

Inadequate sleep at night leads to poor memory and increases the risk of depression, anxiety and stress, according to research revealed today. A study found that those who got less than five hours a night found it difficult to function eff...

Academic recognised by PM with award for campaigning work with autistic children

02 September 2017

Academic recognised by PM with award for campaigning work with autistic children

Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis has been chosen by Prime Minister Theresa May to receive the 765th Points of Light award for her campaigning to get autistic children involved in sports and recreation activities. Theresa May said: "Through your campa...

New students encouraged to get meningitis vaccine after 'rapid' rise in cases

23 August 2017

New students encouraged to get meningitis vaccine after 'rapid' rise in cases

Students are being urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves against meningitis before starting university amid "rapid increases" of cases of a deadly bug. Health leaders are encouraging soon-to-be university students to get the vaccin...

Hospital patients with dementia and other causes of confusion have worse outcomes, study finds

01 August 2017

Hospital patients with dementia and other causes of confusion have worse outcomes, study finds

Hospital patients with dementia and other causes of confusion have longer stays and worse treatment outcomes than people without the condition, research led by the University of Stirling has found. The research is the first large populatio...

Major three-year study finds NHS needs to see care homes as partners not problems

21 July 2017

Major three-year study finds NHS needs to see care homes as partners not problems

Healthcare provision to residents in care homes across England is often ‘erratic and inequitable’, a major three-year study funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has found. Led by the University of Hertfordshire, and i...

One social hour a week in dementia care improves lives and saves money

18 July 2017

One social hour a week in dementia care improves lives and saves money

Person-centred activities combined with just one hour a week of social interaction can improve quality of life and reduce agitation for people with dementia living in care homes, while saving money. These are the findings from a large-scal...

Employers urged to inject fresh thinking with Graduate Management programme

18 July 2017

Employers urged to inject fresh thinking with Graduate Management programme

Social care organisations looking to inject some fresh thinking can now apply to host a graduate during our Graduate Management programme, starting in January. For the first time in 2018, the programme is being run in partnership betwe...

Bookings now open for Skills For Care leadership development programme

29 June 2017

Bookings now open for Skills For Care leadership development programme

Skills for Care’s Well-led leadership development programme is now open for bookings in London, Manchester and Bournemouth. Starting in October 2017, this national development programme supports managers from the public, private or third se...

Virtuoso performance kicks off newly created Centre for Autism in Reading

28 June 2017

Virtuoso performance kicks off newly created Centre for Autism in Reading

A performance by a talented pianist Derek Paravicini heralded the first event for the newly created Centre for Autism at the University of Reading. Performing a mixture of classical and contemporary pieces, Paravicini wowed the conference ...

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Consultation: Health Education England launches plan to 'future-proof' NHS and care workforce

15 December 2017 Reports & Resources

Consultation: Health Education England launches plan to 'future-proof' NHS and care workforce

The NHS needs radical action to improve working conditions, boost training and retention and become a ‘model employer’ for staff, a report on the futu...

Report: Scottish Social Services Council Annual Report 2016-2017

12 December 2017 Reports & Resources

Report: Scottish Social Services Council Annual Report 2016-2017

The Scottish Social Services Council has published their annual report and accounts for 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017. Publication of the revised Code...

Guidance: Supporting people who need care and support to have meaningful relationships

04 December 2017 Reports & Resources

Guidance: Supporting people who need care and support to have meaningful relationships

Everyone has the right to have personal relationships, including people with learning disabilities. It’s vital that adult social care workers have the...

Report: What the public think about Scottish social services and why

21 November 2017 Reports & Resources

Report: What the public think about Scottish social services and why

Research commissioned by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum on 'What the public think about Scottish social services and why', has been publishe...

New To Care

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Skills you need to secure a career as a live-in carer

01 November 2017 New To Care

Skills you need to secure a career as a live-in carer

There is no better option than a career in Live-In Care if you have a natural passion for helping others. As a Live-In Carer, you can experience an unmatch...

Former care worker and student nurse wins award after returning to University

05 October 2017 New To Care

Former care worker and student nurse wins award after returning to University

A single mother from Treherbert in the Rhondda Fawr valley has won an award for her dedication to her Nursing studies at the University of South Wale...

Habib wins national award for transforming his life while mentoring care leavers

21 September 2017 New To Care

Habib wins national award for transforming his life while mentoring care leavers

A graduate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) who who fled Afghanistan alone at the age of 16 has been crowned ‘outstanding individual learner’ at...

Hiba shares experience of oppression in Sudan to social work graduation

27 July 2017 New To Care

Hiba shares experience of oppression in Sudan to social work graduation

Social Work graduate, Hiba Nour, has shared her experience of arriving in the UK from her home country of Sudan eight years ago to ultimately qualifying an...

Career Advice

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How to rekindle your love for your job in social care

06 January 2018 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...

New guidance to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work

04 December 2017 Career Advice

New guidance to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work

New guidance has been issued to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work after a huge increase in calls for advice. The conciliation ser...

How to prevent employee burn out in the care sector

23 November 2017 Career Advice

How to prevent employee burn out in the care sector

The demanding nature of care work is a hot topic. Many professionals within this industry have difficult day-to-day roles, and it’s hard not to get em...

Poor job descriptions sees third of graduates leave role within year of starting

17 November 2017 Career Advice

Poor job descriptions sees third of graduates leave role within year of starting

One in three graduates left their job within a year of starting, mainly complaining the role did not match what they were offered, a new study shows. ...