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Wicked issues – complex problems that cannot be solved in a traditional fashion – are nothing new. But the current challenges facing the NHS, social care and others are arguably the most ‘wicked’ yet. There is a danger that the new models of care discussed in the Five Year Forward…
The number of patients kept in hospital after being told they were well enough to leave has increased, according to new figures. Official statistics from a census carried out in hospitals in April found 1,377 people had to remain in hospital due to delayed discharge, also known as bed blocking.…
The document should be used to support and inform local and regional health and social care integration initiatives. It explains: The critical contribution that social workers make to integrated services How social work is essential to the whole system The necessity of support to ensure integration succeeds in providing the…
The NHS in England is performing at its worst ever level against a raft of targets, including A&E, cancer and people forced to wait on trolleys. The number of people waiting more than two months to start cancer treatment after an urgent referral was 25,157 in 2016 - the highest…
The Health Foundation have just launched a new online resource clarifying the current and possible future state of health and social care funding in the UK... The UK currently spends over £140bn a year on public provision of health and over £20bn on social care. But how does that break…
Almost three quarters of hospitals in England have had patients wait for more than 100 days to be discharged, even though they are medically fit to leave, a report suggests. One patient had to wait for more than a year, according to a BBC investigation. The 62-year-old patient, who had…
A Government plan to integrate health and social care is failing to save money or stem the rise in hospital admissions, a report has warned. The National Audit Office (NAO) said the Department of Health and NHS England were both over-optimistic about what the Better Care Fund for England could…
Older people have benefited from a pilot project which saw Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) physiotherapy students provide care at home. The project was delivered in partnership with Carers Direct, NHS Highland, NES, Scottish Care, and the Care Inspectorate. Fourth year physiotherapy students undertook placements with two providers, Carers Direct, a…
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