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The recent announcement confirming the routine and regular weekly testing of care home staff for covid-19 infections is hugely welcome and represents another step up in the fight against the virus within care homes. The National Care Forum's Executive Director Vic Rayner explains why expanding the testing programme in this way is so essential.

Pandemics and the vital role of self care

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As the UK’s coronavirus lockdown continues to cautiously ease, it remains just as important to protect ourselves and others from the risk of infection. Helen Donovan, RCN and Chair of the Self Care Forum and Dr Knut Schroeder, GP and CE of the Self Care Forum explain why they believe self care should lie at the heart of society's response to the pandemic.

Sharing is caring

Posted by: , Posted on: - Categories: Consultations and surveys, Information sharing, Integration
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Samantha Goncalves is the citizen lead for the Professional Record Standards Body’s social care project, which aims to develop standards for information sharing between social care and health.

Two new surveys will gather information on how people using social care services can benefit from a more connected system, where their needs and values can be shared and understood by all.

Co-production Week: Oxfordshire views

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In our second of two blogs previewing Co-production Week (6-10 July), Danie Woodbridge, Co-production Lead at Oxfordshire County Council, echoes the themes and reflections of SCIE's CEO Kathryn Smith. Co-production has been affected by covid-19 but that doesn't mean it's stopped. Conversations and collaborations continue to flourish online, as she explains.

Co-production Week: online but not out of sight

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The last three months have been the most challenging times faced by social care for many years, says Kathryn Smith, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE),

However, this period has not been without some positives. SCIE regularly survey people working in social care or in receipt of care to ask them what is important and what is working well. Here, in the first of two blogs marking Co-production Week (6-10 July), she highlights some of the feedback helping to shape services for the better.

In tough times, we need visions of hope

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This week , SCIE (the Social Care Institute for Excellence) publish a set of products from phase 2 of the Department Health and Social Care funded social care innovation network. SCIE's Chief Operating Officer Ewan King reveals how 24 organisations, including local authorities, innovative organisations and locally engaged citizens of people with lived experience have been exploring how best to support innovation to flourish.

Domestic abuse: the shadow pandemic

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Nimal Jude, valued friend of our blogs and Practice Development Consultant at the Social Care Institute for Excellence, considers how lockdown is impacting on incidents of domestic abuse. How can we adapt our processes and services to identify, support and protect those in danger and help perpetrators break the cycle - especially in these unusual times.

We need to be there for our unpaid carers more than ever

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Gareth Howells is CEO of Carers Trust. In this guest blog, Gareth explains how coronavirus is making the lives of unpaid carers even more difficult than before, and what Carers Trust is doing, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Care and others, to support them during the pandemic.