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Health & Social Care

Providing Personalised Dementia Care for all

With almost 900,000 living with Dementia in the UK, and projections this will rise to 1.6 million by 2040, the need to improve dementia care services is high. We heard from Jan Oyebode, Chair in Dementia Care at the University of Bradford about the importance of developing a more personalised approach to patient care in dementia care services.

In conversation: Tackling Alcohol Addiction and Discovering the Impacts of Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (ARBD) 

In 2020, alcohol-specific deaths in the UK increased by 19.6% compared to the previous year. We heard from Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Julia Lewis about how authorities can work better to support those who misuse substances.

Learning Lessons from Safeguarding Adult Reviews

With a 14.6% increase in abuse concerns in 2019/20, the need for strong and consistent adult safeguarding policies has become increasingly essential. Using Safeguarding Adult Reviews, service providers can help identify areas for improvement to prevent abuse, and concerns surrounding abuse, from occurring.

Streamlining the Transition Between Child and Adult Safeguarding Services

Child and adult safeguarding services share the aim of protecting people from harm, however, they are guided by different practices. There needs to be more guidance in place to help ease the transition between services and streamline practice when a person reaches adulthood. This case study looks at how Birmingham City Council Preparation for Adulthood service helps young people with this transition.

A new strategy for Health and Social Care: The CQC Perspective

Covid-19 has shaken up health and social care, possibly forever. The CQC has been analysing healthcare during the impact of pandemic, coming up with a dynamic new strategy in an attempt to future-proof care providers in the event of another crisis.

Managing Transfers of Care & Reducing Hospital Admissions

Britain’s ageing population have complex needs, which the health and social care system is adapting to meet. Creating integrated care communities to reduce hospitalisations is key to this new strategy.

Adult Safeguarding: Safeguarding Adults in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Although most legal restrictions have now been lifted, the impact of Covid-19 is still very significant on safeguarding services. Dr Sheila Fish provides insights into the recovery of safeguarding services during and post Covid-19.

Revising Drugs Support and Education for Children and Young People

The tragic death of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs highlighted the lack of awareness and understanding around drugs among both young adults and parents. His mother, Fiona, founder of the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, explains the importance of being realistic about drugs in order to save young lives.

Engaging with Rough Sleepers to Improve Uptake of Drug and Alcohol Support

Every area has a distinct homeless cohort, and blanket policies are not the answer. Councillor Trish Hardy of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council explains that treating each area as unique and taking the time to learn the intricacies of the rough sleeping population is vital to helping individuals.

Delivering Evidence-Based Approaches to Tackling Drug and Substance Misuse

It is argued that the approach to drug addiction taken in the UK for the past 30 years has been a failure. Crispin Blunt MP, co-Chair of the APPG for Drug Policy Reform, explores the example of Portugal and how the UK can bring its policies in line with the overwhelming bulk of new evidence.

Adult Social Care: A Local Government Approach

Cllr Paulette Hamilton from the Local Government Association spoke to us about the local government approach to Adult Social Care.

Adult Social Care: Adapting Inspections and Regulations of Adult Social Care Providers

Deanna Westwood is Head of Inspection and Adult Social Care at CQC. They spoke to us about adapting inspections and regulations of adult social care providers.

Liverpool City Council: Promoting Better Sexual Health Services for Women

Liverpool is England’s 6th largest city with a population of 498,048. The population has risen by 12.6% since 2009. There are areas of deprivation with high teenage pregnancy rates, as well as high abortion rates. We heard from Liverpool City Council about their current women’s sexual health strategy through the distributions of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) and the development of Women’s Health Hubs.

Addressing Sexual Health Inequalities

Sexual health inequalities are unfair and avoidable differences in sexual health across the population, and between different groups within society. This article examines inequalities in sexual health and offers up practical solutions to better support the groups who are most affected.

Public Health Campaigns: Developing Clear, Community-Led Messaging in the Fight Against HIV

Kat Smithson spoke to us about ways of developing clear, community-led messaging in the fight against HIV.

Public Health Campaigns: Tailoring Communication Strategies towards Minority Groups to Improve Engagement with NHS Services

Altaf Kazi from NHS Blood and Transplant spoke to us about tailoring communication strategies towards minority groups to improve engagement with NHS services.

Public Health Campaigns: Adapting Public Health Communications Strategies

Tracy Daszkiewicz spoke to us about ways of adapting public health communication strategies in public health campaigns.

Rebuilding Mental Health Services

As we emerge from the pandemic it is essential to acknowledge its impact on our mental health and mental health services. In turn, this article outlines reform plans for the sector set out by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Dementia Care: Using Technology in the Treatment of Dementia

We heard from Rachel Benn from Leeds City Council about the use of technology in the treatment of dementia.

Dementia Care: Working Towards Integrated Care

We heard from Dr Karen Harrison Dening from Dementia UK about ways of working towards integrated care in dementia services.
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