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Telling it how it is

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Connecting jigsaw pieces

A few months ago, Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)'s Tim Parkin wondered whether their insight group was a foolhardy enterprise or demonstrated remarkable foresight. With the publication of the group’s report into the effects of the pandemic on people who access care and support, as seen through the lens of personalisation, he offers a few observations on the journey and thoughts for the future.

Pandemics and the vital role of self care

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Self Care Week 2020

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.

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.

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.

New health and wellbeing guidance reminds us all to take care

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Over a month ago, our Joint Chief Social Workers for Adults, Fran Leddra and Mark Harvey, used their Social Work With Adults blog to highlight the importance of maintaining human connections during the coronavirus pandemic.

It remains important for the care and support workforce - as well as NHS colleagues and our communities - to foster resilience in the midst of these challenges. The publication of new health and wellbeing guidance for care and support professionals is therefore hugely welcome at this time, as they explain...

Caring in the time of coronavirus

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NHS and carer appreciation balloon rainbow

Care and NHS colleagues have rightly been celebrated for their amazing dedication, kindness and bravery during this health crisis, but we must show the same appreciation and support for the thousands of unpaid carers across the country. Recently published guidance on GOV.UK is just one part of that...

Spare more than a thought for our care workforce

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Care professional writing notes by bedside wearing surgical gloves

Our care and support colleagues need our understanding, compassion and support, just as we expect them to do the same for the most vulnerable in our society. As the #COVID-19 outbreak continues, Lisa Lenton, England Director for the Association for Real Change and currently Chair of the Care Provider Alliance explains why the way we treat and perceive these amazing professionals is critical to the health and wellbeing of us all.

Let's work together

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National Intergenerational Week 2020 poster

It is a very welcome return to the Social Care News Blog for Des Kelly OBE of the Care Providers Alliance. It is also a refreshing change of subject from recent posts as Des heralds the first ever National Intergenerational Week next month - encouraging recreation, communication and education between young and old across the country.

Celebrating and supporting young carers

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Hand reaching for another hand

Fatima Khan Shah, unpaid carer representative in the NHS West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, knows from personal experience that caring can be extremely rewarding. It can also impact on our health and wellbeing in dramatic ways - and at any age. On Young Carers Awareness Day she considers the ways we can improve identification, care and support for our thousands of young carers..

Fylde of operations

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Getting involved in Self Care Week isn't difficult, It shouldn’t interfere with or make life harder; if anything it should make it better and give you a chance to enhance your life. It doesn’t have to cost a lot either, says Nathan Skelton, Senior Communications and Engagement Officer, Fylde Coast Clinical Commissioning Group.