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.

Working together: the long term plan for social work and mental health

The NHS Long Term Plan has set out an ambitious vision for the development of our health and care services over the next 10 years. Its success is dependent upon positive, transparent and collaborative relationships between social care, public health, housing and other services dedicated to happier, healthier, more independent lives. Mark Trewin explains what this means for mental health and social work services...

Be prepared

A care worker serves tea and cake to an elderly couple

The UK’s exit date from the EU has been extended whilst debate and discussions continue in Westminster and Brussels to resolve concerns around the current negotiated deal. For adult social care providers, this continued uncertainty makes it even more vital to step up preparations for our departure at both a national and local level. Des Kelly OBE, Founder and Chair of the Care Provider Alliance, considers current provider concerns and the action being taken to mitigate them.