Archives for April 13th, 2006

SERVICES FOR PEOPLE OVER 50

Book News, PublicNet: 13 April, 2006

This report from the Healthcare Commission, the Audit Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspection, assesses progress five years into a 10 year Government plan to improve services for people over the age of 50. At this halfway stage, none of the communities inspected had reached all Government-set milestones to enable them to meet the standards in the national service framework.The review found improvements in how most public services are addressing age discrimination. All communities inspected had taken steps to ensure that policies and eligibility criteria for access to services did not discriminate against older people. More people, who have had a stroke, have access to good quality hospital care. But more still needs to be done to improve rehabilitation outside hospital and access to specialist units. More people are supported to live at home. There is a reduction in the number of older people admitted to care homes, with health and social care services supporting more frail older people to live independently.

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CHILDREN’S WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY LAUNCHED

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 April, 2006

The Children’s Workforce Development Council has set out how it will seek to improve the lives of children and young people by providing training, qualifications and advice to people working with children. Measures include delivering a range of projects to assist the sector to become a world-class workforce and help it develop the skills and knowledge to deliver the best service for children, young people and families.The Council works in the interests of a range of sectors covering about 500,000 workers, including early years and childcare, education welfare and social care for children and young people. It is one of five bodies forming the UK Skills For Care and Development Sector Skills Council and coordinates the Children’s Workforce Network.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND NHS JOINT WORKING BENEFITS FROM CUT IN RED TAPE

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 April, 2006

The NHS plans to cut 18 of its 28 Strategic Health Authorities. The boundaries of the new ten enlarged Authorities have been drawn to match the Government Offices of the Regions areas. This new boundary alignment will foster better joint working between health and local government agencies. Joint working is likely to be further supported with the pending re-organisation of Primary Care Trusts due to be announced shortly.Cutting the number of Strategic Health Authorities will save money by streamlining management and administration so that greater resources can be dedicated to patient care.

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