This report from the Public Policy Projects recommends:
1. Qualitative research into the benefits that well-funded social care can have on quality of life, independency, isolation, relationships and general wellbeing. This should be combined with formal quantitative research into the impacts that properly funded social care can have on the NHS, including quantifiable information about hospital bed availability and the economic impact of the reduction of accidents and preventable illness.
2. There should be clear public guidelines on the social care system and how to access social ca
The document includes guidance on:
staff IPC considerations: vaccination, personal protective equipment (PPE), staff movement, testing
IPC considerations for people receiving care: vaccination, testing
environmental considerations: ventilation, waste management
considerations specific to care homes: admissions, testing, visiting, outbreak management.
The Social Prescribing Standard will enable the sharing and recording of information for the whole patient journey, from initial referral, throughout the period of social prescribing and the message back to the referrer and GP at its conclusion.
The standard supports the recording and sharing of information including:
The information required to support the conversations between the link worker and the person
Information to support people, show their healthcare is joined up and avoid them having to retell their story multiple times
Information that c
The inquiry will cover people living in residential care homes, hospitals and supported housing, as well as those receiving social care services in their own homes.
It will look at:
What human rights issues need to be addressed in care settings, beyond the immediate concerns arising from the Covid-19 pandemic?
How effective are providers at respecting the human rights of people under their care?
How effective are regulators in protecting residents from human rights breaches and in supporting patients and residents who make complaints about their care provider?
The Ombudsman investigates complaints about local councils and care providers in England, getting involved when things have gone badly wrong. This report, which analyses its cases over the first 18 months of the pandemic, shows that, by and large, councils and care providers weathered the unprecedented pressures they were under. But, when things did go wrong it had a serious impact on people’s lives.
Cases highlighted in the report include a woman who died from COVID-19 at a care home with poor infection control procedures which was then compounded by staff later trying to cover up the fa
In summer 2020, Baroness Cavendish carried out a review of adult social care. Her review looked at the question: ‘how can we lock in the lessons of the COVID-19 crisis to build a more robust, sustainable, joined-up system of health and social care?’.
The aim of the report was to review and make recommendations for social care reform and integration with health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, to inform the government’s plans for reform.
The report proposes a wide range of recommendations for adult social care system reform. The government have since taken forward a number of the
The consultation paper is divided into six chapters which are:-
Sustainable System Building – To build a stable, sustainable adult social care system.
A Valued Workforce – that staff who work in social care will be valued, competent and resilient.
Individual Choice and Control – To ensure the individual has control over the decisions affecting their social wellbeing and their care and support needs.
Prevention and Early Intervention – A renewed focus on prevention and early intervention to support people to achieve their own social wellbeing.
Supporting Carers –
The public is pessimistic about the state of the NHS and social care, with 57% of people believing the general standard of care provided by the NHS has got worse in the last 12 months. 69% think the standard of social care services has deteriorated. Expectations for the next 12 months are also low, with 43% thinking NHS standards will get worse and 53% thinking social care standards will get worse.
Perceptions of NHS service locally and nationally are now very similar. Less than half of people think the NHS is providing a good service nationally (44%) or locally (42
Despite the best efforts of staff, the current system means that too often patients find themselves having to navigate complex and disjointed systems. Those with multiple conditions can be left feeling frustrated at having to repeatedly explain their needs to multiple people in different organisations, while others can end up facing delayed discharge because the NHS and local authorities are working to different priorities in a way that is not as joined up as it could be.better transparency and choice – if local authorities and the NHS share data and are more transparent about their performanc
Key results of this survey include:
66% of homecare providers who responded are now having to refuse new requests for home care.
43% of care home providers are closing to new admissions.
21% of providers of homecare are handing back existing care packages.
an 18% vacancy rate and 14% absence rate amongst providers who responded, as a result of the Omicron variant (overall a shortage of around a third of all staff, on average, across the survey).
A Royal College of Nursing (RCN) surveillance project estimates that there are 100,000 sharps injuries each year in the UK, making sharps or needlestick injuries one of the most common safety incidents in healthcare. If a contaminated needle or other medical instrument penetrates the skin of another person, there is a serious risk that it will transmit bloodborne viruses and infections, including HIV and hepatitis. The European Biosafety Network reports that the situation has been made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in an average 23% increase in incidents across five European cou
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