Health and Social Care

Whitehall’s ‘hostile environment’ puts children in danger, charity says

19/02/2019
The Government’s commitment to creating a ‘hostile environment’ for migrants outweighs their commitment to children’s rights, a charity has warned.

Health and Social Care News

Ensuring a hygienic washroom experience for women

13/02/2019

Sian Walkling outlines the considerations that councils should make when it comes to sanitary hygiene.

Councils should prioritise strength training to prevent falls

12/02/2019

Local authorities are not prioritising programmes which can help people at risk of falling strengthen their muscles and improve their balance, new research has revealed.

Treatment cut despite ‘soaring’ alcohol-related A&E admissions

11/02/2019

Councils are reducing spending on alcohol and drug treatment services despite ‘soaring’ numbers of hospital admissions due to alcohol misuse, FOI data reveals.

Health experts warn about impact of toxic air on children

06/02/2019

Nearly nine out of ten child health experts are warning air pollution is already having a negative impact on children's health in their region.

More than 50,000 older people have died while waiting for social care

06/02/2019

More than 50,000 older people have died waiting for care since the Government first announced it would publish a Social Care Green Paper, a charity has warned.

Fire safety failures revealed in care homes

05/02/2019

Serious fire safety failures have been found in nearly 100 care homes across London, the capital’s fire brigade have said.

Scottish health and social care must ‘happen faster’, report says

05/02/2019

The integration of health and social care is progressing well but needs to ‘happen faster’, a ministerial group for health and community care has concluded.

Foster carers feel ‘undervalued’, report reveals

04/02/2019

Foster carers do not feel treated as an ‘equal and valued’ member of the social care team looking after fostered children, a new report has revealed.

Schools to try ‘mindfulness’ in new mental health trials

04/02/2019

Hundreds of children and young people are to take part in trials testing a range of ‘innovative techniques’ designed to support good mental health in schools, the education secretary has announced.

Councils urged to bid for digital social care funding

31/01/2019

Local authorities which are developing social care projects using digital technology are to be given a £1m boost.

Front-line workers ‘must get better’ at tackling child exploitation by drug gangs

30/01/2019

Front-line professionals ‘must get better’ at spotting signs that children are being exploited, a children’s charity has said in response to an annual assessment of county lines drug networks.

Whitehall commits to reaching zero HIV transmissions by 2030

30/01/2019

Council chiefs have welcomed Whitehall’s announcement that it is committed to reaching zero HIV transmissions by 2030, but they urged the Government to reverse public health cuts ‘as a matter of urgency’.

Three areas pilot schemes to get care leavers into work or education

29/01/2019

Three areas have been chosen to pilot schemes to help care leavers access education and employment.

Councils chosen to develop childhood obesity plans

28/01/2019

Practical plans to tackle childhood obesity are to be developed by 13 councils after they received funding from the government’s Trailblazer programme.

One in five councils have not increased spending on care home fees

28/01/2019

One in five councils have not increased the fees they pay care homes in the past year despite costs rising by up to 5%, new research has shown.

Care homes spend less than £3 per resident on food

25/01/2019

Elderly care homes are spending an average of just £2.44 per resident on food, according to new research.

Whitehall urges councils to put ‘effective’ suicide prevention plans in place

23/01/2019

Every local authority is required to put an effective suicide prevention plan in place under a new Government drive to tackle suicide.

Council to provide free sanitary products in all its buildings

18/01/2019

Free sanitary products are to be provided in all buildings owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council after it joined forces with a charity to tackle period poverty.

Somerset council’s ‘help at home’ scheme saves NHS £2m

17/01/2019

Somerset County Council’s ‘help at home’ scheme has helped patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital and has saved the NHS at least £2m.

Report warns children's screen time has replaced outdoor play

17/01/2019

Children should spend a maximum of two hours in front of a screen during their recreational time to encourage them to play outside more, a new report has urged today.

Tackling the abuse of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

16/01/2019

With estimates stating that 11 cases of FGM are reported daily in the UK, Angie Marriott explains why local authorities must increase their awareness of FGM in order to provide women and girls with the best level of protection and care.

Disability employment gap ‘narrows’

15/01/2019

Disabled people have accounted for about a third of the increase in employment in the UK over the last decade, think tank finds.

One in four ‘sandwich carers’ suffer mental health problems

15/01/2019

Over a quarter of ‘sandwich carers’ report symptoms of mental ill-health and are struggling financially, according to the latest statistics.

Council chiefs welcome decision to expand PrEP trial

14/01/2019

Local authority leaders have said they are ‘pleased’ with NHS England’s decision to expand the trial of a drug that could ‘significantly’ reduce levels of HIV.

Children with mental health conditions are being 'failed' by NHS say MPs

14/01/2019

Young people with a mental health condition are being failed by the NHS as they are not receiving the treatment they need, MPs have warned.

Government failing to treat children as victims of domestic abuse, warns charity

11/01/2019

Nearly a quarter of a million children should be classed as victims of domestic abuse, the NSPCC has said today.

Carers leave vulnerable woman ‘screaming in pain'

09/01/2019

A vulnerable woman in Blackpool was left with serious burns on her leg after carers left her too close to a hot radiator, the local government Ombudsman has found.

Plan to help problem drinkers and smokers unveiled

07/01/2019

All problem drinkers and smokers that are admitted to hospital will be given extra support under new NHS prevention measures.

NHS plan ‘missed opportunity’ to fix social care

07/01/2019

Council chiefs have welcomed the NHS’s long-term plan to focus more on prevention, but have criticised the Government for not taking action on adult social care.

Manchester’s infant mortality rate rises 40%

04/01/2019

The infant mortality rate in Manchester has increased by around 40% over the last decade, according to a report by the city council.

Council chiefs warn of dangerous ‘must-have’ toys

24/12/2018

Local government leaders are warning Christmas shoppers to avoid potentially dangerous and fake ‘must-have’ toys.

Deaths of homeless people up 24% in five years

21/12/2018

Local authority chiefs say they are ‘determined’ to prevent homelessness as figures reveal almost 600 homeless people died in England and Wales last year.

NHS to fund council ‘drunk tanks’ over Christmas

21/12/2018

The NHS has announced it will be funding council ‘drunk tanks’ over the Christmas period to ease the pressure on local hospitals.

Councils warn of impact of public health funding cuts

21/12/2018

Councils have reacted angrily to ‘short-sighted’ cuts to public health funding next year by the Government.

New mental health teams set to support 500,000 children

20/12/2018

Half a million children and young people are set to benefit from new mental health support teams, secretary of state for health and social care has announced.

Clinical Commissioning Groups ‘failing to function effectively’

20/12/2018

An inquiry into the role of Clinical Commissioning Groups has been launched after a report warned many were ‘failing to function effectively’.

Experts warn of ‘economically irresponsible’ health inequalities

13/12/2018

Senior public health experts have called for action to halt growing inequality in provision of services in the north of England compared to the South.

Leeds first council to provide free sanitary products

13/12/2018

Councillors in Leeds are to consider providing free sanitary products in schools and libraries throughout the city in a bid to end 'period poverty'.

Over four million older people do not have access to care services

13/12/2018

A long-term fix to pay for adult social care has been 'kicked into the long grass', local government leaders have warned.

Preventable illness factor in life expectancy slow-down

12/12/2018

Preventable illnesses are one of several factors behind the slowing improvements in life expectancy in England, the national health body warns.

Care cap could cost £3.6bn by 2035

12/12/2018

A £36,000 lifetime cap on care costs for older people would cost £3.6bn by 2035, research into the costs and trade-offs of reforming long-term care for older people has revealed.

Care Management Group sold for £200m

11/12/2018

A care provider has been sold in a multi-million pound deal, with another company expected to be flogged in the coming months.

Council fees are squeezing providers out of the care market, think tank warns

11/12/2018

The low fees paid to care providers by overstretched local authorities are impacting on care staff and are forcing them to hand back contracts, a new report has found.

Whitehall to cut £85m from public health budget

10/12/2018

Local authorities have warned they are having to make 'difficult decisions' over maintaining public health services.

Council fined £27,000 over Legionella case

07/12/2018

A district council has pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach after a leisure centre customer contracted Legionnaire’s Disease.

Unpaid carers in Wales at ‘breaking point’

06/12/2018

More support is needed for unpaid carers who are being 'pushed to breaking point', local government leaders in Wales have warned.

Whitehall to ‘transform’ mental health care

06/12/2018

The Government today announced it will introduce a new Mental Health Bill in order to ‘transform’ mental health care.

Council call for action over number of operations to remove rotten teeth in children

03/12/2018

Council leaders have called for immediate action to tackle sugar consumption after new figures showed more than 45,000 teenagers and children had teeth extracted in hospital last year.

Allied Healthcare saved from bankruptcy

03/12/2018

One of the biggest providers of adult care has been sold to another company – just two weeks after announcing it was winding up its business.

Southwark commits to 100% treatment rate for children with mental health conditions

30/11/2018

Southwark Council has become the first local authority in the country to commit to a 100% treatment rate by 2020 for children with mental health conditions.

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Tackling the abuse of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

With estimates stating that 11 cases of FGM are reported daily in the UK, Angie Marriott explains why local authorities must increase their awareness of FGM in order to provide women and girls with the best level of protection and care.
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