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What is Scotland’s new National Care Service?

Explainer 24/06/2022

The Scottish government this week published landmark legislation to support its vision of social care reform. It will see a new national body, the National Care Service, being formed to set standards and commissioning priorities for delivery by newly established local care boards. In this explainer...

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Chart of the week: The over-representation of Black people as restricted patients in secure hospitals

Data story 27/05/2022

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. People with severe mental health problems who are in contact with the criminal justice system can be held as restricted patients in hospitals if they have been assessed as needing treatment. Mira...

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Supporting patient engagement with digital health care innovations: Lessons from the Care City test bed

Report 05/05/2022Rachel Hutchings | Chris Sherlaw-Johnson

Health apps and digital tools have the potential to help alleviate some of the huge pressures the NHS faces from Covid-19, the backlog of care and rising demand. But introducing these tools into health care and supporting people to use them is never a quick fix, and they will not work for everyone....

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Chart of the week: The tumbling numbers of social care staff

Data story 01/12/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. The care sector has long struggled to recruit and retain staff, but new statistics reveal more about the depth of the workforce crisis in social care right now. Billy Palmer looks at the change i...

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Prisoner health: a Q&A with Miranda Davies

Blog post 20/10/2021Dr Miranda Davies

As we today publish our new research on prisoner health, lead author Miranda Davies talks through some of the report’s main findings and how worried we should be about them.

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The adult social care workforce: next in the Secretary of State’s in-tray or last on the agenda?

Blog post 18/10/2021Nina Hemmings

Ahead of next week’s Spending Review, Nina Hemmings describes how this year has been even worse than previous years for social care. The reality for the 1.5 million staff in the sector is that they cannot wait for the next white paper or delayed promise of reform – they need immediate and coordi...

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What has been the impact of Covid-19 across the UK countries?

Blog post 15/10/2021Sarah Scobie

While every health service across the United Kingdom has faced unprecedented pressures over the past year and a half, UK-wide reporting has masked any differences in peaks and troughs across the four countries. In this explainer, Sarah Scobie takes a closer look at the pandemic across the UK so far...

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The cost of specialist palliative care in the community: a scoping review

Project 05/10/2021

We aim to review the evidence on cost of specialist palliative care delivered in the community in order to improve commissioning of these services.

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Developing the digital skills of the social care workforce

Report 30/09/2021Camille Oung | Lucina Rolewicz | Nadia Crellin | Stephanie Kumpunen

Adult social care roles suffer from poor retention rates, but could digital technologies hold the answer to enabling skill development and improved job satisfaction in the sector? This summary explores how domiciliary care agencies have trained staff to use digital technology in order to monitor the...

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The health and care levy: what does it mean for social care?

Blog post 17/09/2021Natasha Curry

After the recent announcement of an extra tax to fund adult social care in England and to help the NHS recover from the pandemic, Natasha Curry takes a closer look at what it means for the social care sector. This blog was originally published in the BMJ on 10 September.

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