Prevention has a role to play - from beginning to end

“When our health is good, we take it for granted. When our health is bad, we expect the NHS to do their best to fix it.”
‘Marjorie’ has spent her life on a bicycle and in the gym and continues to enjoy her passion at the Hospice. Is there any connection between these two short sentences? Arthur Rank Hospice Charity CEO Sharon Allen believes there is...

Working together to integrate adult social care

Jigsaw pieces being slotted together

"As people are living longer and more people than ever are living with complex needs, it is vital we look at the evidence for what works best, and what represents good value for money for the local health and care system." So says Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as she discusses the latest NICE impact report on adult social care.

Flying the rainbow flag in social work

Rainbow blag symbolising LGBT+ movement

Did you know that people from the LGBT+ community are more likely to experience self-harm, use alcohol and drugs and be more likely to attempt suicide? Over the last few months, Lawrence Badman of LiveWell Southwest, a social enterprise community service in Plymouth, has been undertaking literature review of the latest research around LGBT+ issues and how they relate to health, social care - and social work specifically.

Humanity, dignity and choice: the heart of Homeshare

Elderly lady Florence enjoys a cup of tea on the sofa with Homeshare companion Alexandra

Nan Maitland, an occupational therapist in south London, developed the first UK Homeshare programme back in the late eighties. This was in direct response to the needs of older people in the borough who needed a little extra support to carry on living independently in their own homes. Fast forward to 2019 and the homeshare model is thriving at home and abroad...

Talk's not cheap when the listener acts

Exterior view of DHSC offices

When our Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock launched the Talk Health and Care online community in September 2018, he made good on his vision of a new and dynamic way to talk with health and care staff from across the sector. Few will argue that those who work in social care deserve greater recognition and appreciation. Our current challenge on the site is to find better ways to do just that.