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A major new report highlighting how social care has become a postcode lottery for children across the UK has been published following research conducted by the University of Sheffield. The Sheffield study, led by Professor Kate Morris from the University’s Department of Sociological Studies, explores the relationship between poverty, care…
NHS leaders have written to new Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock urging him to "grasp the social care challenge". The letter calls for a joint plan that covers both health and social care, and for the Government to publish its green paper on social care as soon as…
A University of Stirling academic has been called upon to help the World Health Organisation (WHO) promote personalised care for older people in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor of Global Ageing Ian Philp (pictured) was one of three international experts invited to the WHO Regional Consultation on Integrated…
Scotland's new Health Secretary has said she wants to increase the speed at which health and social care services are being brought together. Jeane Freeman (pictured) insisted efforts to make the two services work more closely are going in "absolutely the right direction", but she added more focus is needed…
The integration of health and social care requires "serious political leadership", the head of the spending watchdog has said. Sir Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office (NAO), urged "further and faster progress" to build a service which meets the needs of patients, an ageing population and offers value…
Ministers have been accused of complacency by MPs in the face of a looming cash crisis for local councils in England. The Commons Public Accounts Committee warned authorities were facing an "unsustainable" £5 billion funding gap by the end of the decade unless the Government steps in with additional funding.…
Health and social care organisations are prioritising individual performance over patients, the health watchdog has warned. Local leaders should be incentivised to work together and judged on how well the system as a whole is meeting the needs of elderly people, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission…
A Tory former minister has called on the Government to make social care "free at the point of use". Mark Prisk told MPs that with health and social care being merged into one department it was "only logical that both clinical and social care be delivered free at the point…
The Government has announced a £215 million package of funding for research into transforming the lives of millions of people living with a range of conditions, including life-long illnesses, mental health issues and obesity. It will see leading academics and technology experts able to apply for research funding with the…
Nearly all of England's council leaders believe there is a major funding crisis in social care and want national taxes ploughed into sorting it out, according to a study. More than half of town hall bosses wanted hikes to income tax to be part of the solution and were opposed…
An NHS scheme to drive integration between health and social care has not delivered the transformation of services originally planned, an official report has found. Much of the funding intended for the "vanguard" programme was diverted to relieve short-term financial pressures in the health service, the National Audit Office (NAO)…
Four new reports published today by the Mental Welfare Commission of visits to units for people with learning disabilities found unacceptable levels of delayed discharge, with some patients waiting years to leave hospital. The Commission found that overall care and treatment was good, and patients generally had positive relationships with…
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