Thought Leader Summer 2015 (Care)

Read a discussion of the key findings from the ‘Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce’, and find out what local authorities can do to stimulate, manage and shape the adult social care market following new duties placed on them by the Care Act 2014.

Thought Leader Summer 2015 (Housing)

Discover how commissioners can get the most social value from their contracts, the benefits of bringing empty homes back into use for homeless households and how call centres are vital to customer satisfaction.

Sustainable solutions

Did you see the exciting news about the UK’s first zero-carbon house? The clever team at the Welsh School of Architecture have designed and constructed what they say is “the UK’s first purpose-built, low-cost energy smart house, capable of exporting … Read more

A problem shared

Last month, the UK took its first serious steps towards trying to establish whether homesharing is a viable solution to two of our most pressing problems – a lack of affordable housing and an ageing population. A three-year programme, backed … Read more

Under construction, under pressure

If you have been following this space (and if not, why not?), you will remember that earlier in the year we discussed the Elphicke-House review that called for local authorities to become ‘housing delivery enablers’. We debated (in fascinating and … Read more

The right approach

On paper, the benefits of outcome-based commissioning are clear for all to see. For social care, it means a co-ordinated approach, combined budgets and more person-centred services, with a focus on preventing ill health and, in turn, reducing or slowing … Read more

Views from care’s frontline

What’s the real state of care is this country? Adult care is receiving more attention that perhaps ever before, with wholesale reforms to the system with the Care Act 2014, combined with large-scale budget cuts and all happening under close … Read more

Ringing the changes

Social care is at a crossroads. An ageing population combined with cuts to funding presents an enormous challenge in delivering integrated health and social care that is fit for purpose. Of course, telecare isn’t new – indeed some 1.7 million … Read more

Care and dementia

Beth Britton is a campaigner, consultant, writer and blogger specialising in issues affecting older people, health and social care and specifically dementia. For the past few years dementia has been a hot topic of conversation, leading to a focus on … Read more

Building opportunities

What role should local authorities play in meeting the housing needs of their local population? That’s the question that a government review, by housing experts Natalie Elphicke and Keith House, sort to answer in its report published early this year. … Read more