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Historical links to topical news affecting health and social care and children's services UP TO JUNE 2015.

June 2015

 
May 2015

Skills For Care

Recommendations for CQC providers guide – now updated

Link and further information: Skills for Care

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February 2015

Safeguarding

  • The NSPCC and the Times Educational Supplement have produced a free Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT) which enables school safeguarding leads to audit their school's current safeguarding arrangements and supports them to make changes and identify areas for developments.

Link and further information: NSPCC Website

  • The Serious Crime Bill has passed the House of Commons Committee stage with measures which will do more to protect children from female genital mutilation (FGM) and ensure that perpetrators of FGM and those who fail to protect girls from it face prison.

Link and further information: UK Government Website

Health and Safety

  • Care home owner in court over death of vulnerable resident - death from serious burns.

Link and further information: HSE Website

Law

  • Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill 2014-15 - A Bill to make provision about the safety of health and social care services in England; to make provision about the integration of information relating to users of health and social care services in England; to make provision about the sharing of information relating to an individual for the purposes of providing that individual with health or social care services in England; to make provision for removing individuals convicted of certain offences from the registers kept by the regulatory bodies for health and social care professions; to make provision about the objectives of the regulatory bodies for health and social care professions and the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care; to make provision about the disposal of cases concerning a person’s fitness to practise a health or social care profession; and for connected purposes.

Link and further information: UK Government Website

  • Zero Hours Contracts Bill 2014-15 - A Bill to limit the use of zero-hours contracts; and for connected purposes.

Link and further information: UK Government Website

CQC

  • To help people understand how care services are performing, the Government has introduced a regulation that requires service providers to display their CQC ratings both in their premises and on their website. The regulation is due to come into effect at the beginning of April.

Link and further information: CQC Website

  • Monitoring the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2013/14 – Report available to download

Link and further information: CQC Website

Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviour

  • The Government did not meet its goal of transferring by 1 June 2014 all people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, for whom it was appropriate, from mental hospitals into the community.

Link and further information: National Audit Office Website

  • Inside a challenging behaviour unit – short video

Link and further information: BBC Website

 
January 2015

UK Parliament

The Wales Act 2014  received Royal Assent on 17 December. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Lords debate future of the NHS

'Funding healthcare: making allocations to local areas' report published

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Care Act 2014 - SCIE has produced a series of guides and resources on assessment and eligibility.

Link and further information: SCIE website

UK Government

The Cabinet Office has published an overview of the most widely applicable outcomes frameworks for providers and commissioners of services for young people. 

Link and further information: UK Government website

Centre for Mental Health

Review of Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act. Downloadable report.

Link and further information: Centre for Mental Health website

NICE

NICE has published updated guidance which includes recommendations on co-sleeping with babies. The guidelines advise healthcare professionals to inform parents that the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is greatest during co-sleeping when the parents smoke or have recently consumed alcohol or drugs, or the infant was premature or had a low birth weight.

Link and further information: NICE website

NHS

National Obesity Awareness Week 2015 - a series of resources to highlight the impact of obesity on the NHS and why we need to take action now to lead healthier lifestyles.

Link and further information: NHS Employers website

UK Government

A revised code of practice for the Mental Health Act 1983 provides guidance for professionals. This shows professionals how to carry out their roles and responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983, to ensure that all people with mental health issues receive high quality and safe care. The revised code aims to provide stronger protection for people and to clarify roles, rights and responsibilities. This includes such things as involving the person and, where appropriate, their families and carers in discussions about the person’s care at every stage; and also providing personalised care.

 

Link and further information: UK Government website

 

 
December 2014

Department for Education

The government has announced an extra £500,000 funding for the Safer Internet Centre, to ensure schools are equipped to teach children how to stay safe online. The money will provide funding for:regional events; new multimedia resources for schools; funding to maintain a helpline for reporting online criminal content;a series of online safety events for teachers across the country.

Link and further information: UK Government website

Care Quality Commission

"Complaints matter in health and social care. For too long they have not been taken seriously enough. And too often complaints are met with a defensive culture instead of a willingness to listen and learn."

Special measures for adult social care start April 2015

The purpose of special measures is to:

  • Ensure that providers found to be providing inadequate care do not continue to do so.
  • Provide a framework within which we use our enforcement powers in response to inadequate care and work with, or signpost to, other organisations in the system to ensure improvements are made.
  • Provide a clear timeframe within which providers must improve the quality of care they provide or we will seek to cancel their registration.

Link and further information: CQC Website

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November 2014

Safeguarding

  • The Royal College of General Practitioners and NSPCC have launched a new safeguarding children toolkit. It includes advice on spotting the signs of bullying; as well as how to identify and support children and young people at risk of trafficking and radicalisation.
  • Link and further information: Royal College of General Practitioners Website

Care Quality Commission

State of Care Report 2013/14 available to download.

Link and further information: CQC Website

  • Cracks in the Pathway: Review on Dementia Care available to download

Link and further information: CQC Website

Care Act 2014 (Independent Advocacy)

  • Under the Care Act, local authorities will have to provide independent advocacy when someone has ‘substantial difficulty’ being involved in the process of care, and does not have an appropriate individual to support them.
  • SCIE has published a new guide - Care Act 2014: Commissioning independent advocacy

 

Link and further information: SCIE Website

 

 

 

 
October 2014

Care Quality Commission

  • The Department of Health has launched a consultation on plans to ensure that all providers given ratings by CQC display those ratings to help the public see how they are performing and make more informed choices about their care.

Link and further information: CQC Website

  • Guidance to tackle restraint - CQC and the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network have worked with the Department of Health on guidance published last year on minimising all forms of restrictive practices so they are only used as a last resort.

Link and further information: CQC Website

Welsh Government

  • The Welsh Government has launched a draft 10 year plan for the early years, childcare and play workforce. It is open for consultation until 15 December  2015.

Link and further information: Welsh Government Website

and - draft 10 year plan Welsh Government Website

Department for Education

  • The Department for Education is consulting on proposed revisions to Children's Home Regulations 2001, including the introduction of new quality standards for children's homes. Closing date is 14 November 2014.

Link and further information: UK Government Website

 
September 2014

National Deaf Children's Society

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) has produced a guide to support school staff in preventing and handling bullying incidents in order to meet the needs of deaf pupils.

Link and further information: Teacher Network (Guardian Website)

Welsh Government

The Welsh Government has launched a review into the role of the Children's Commissioner. Everyone who has an interest in children and young people is invited to contribute and the consultation will close on 3 October 2014.

Link and further information: Welsh Government Website

Home Office

The Home Office has published a review of procedures to identify children at risk of abuse.

Link and further information: UK Government Website

The Home Office has launched free online training for frontline professionals in identifying and helping girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). This comes as figures are released revealing that police forces have investigated dozens of FGM cases over the last three years.

Link and further information: Training Press Release Website

Department for Education

The Department for Education has published advice for children's homes providers and their partners on conducting a risk assessment of their premises.

Link and further information: PDF Children's Homes Regulations Amendments 2014

Patient Information Forum

The Patient Information Forum (PiF) has published a free summary of a guide to producing health information for children and young people (free to members).

Link and further information: Patient Information Forum Website

NSPCC

The NSPCC has launched the Underwear Rule guide for parents and carers of children with autism.

Link and further information: NSPCC Website 
 

 
August 2014

Health and Safety Executive

Manual handling assessment charts (the MAC tool)

There were some errors in the previous version, published in January 2014, revised guidance has been issued.

Link and further information: HSE Website

Care Quality Commission

Consultations on new guidance to help services meet new regulations from April 2015

New special measures regime for Adult Social Care

NHS

Shape of Caring Review

Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers Consultation

Model Process Flowchart for Raising Concerns

 

 

 

 
July 2014

Care Quality Commission

Consultation on integrated multi-agency inspections of children's services.

Link and further information: CQC Website

Sign up to Safety - a new patient safety campaign launched across the health care sector. The ‘Sign up to Safety’ campaign aims to drive up safety standards in the NHS and save the lives of up to 6,000 people over the next three years.

Link and further information: CQC Website

Health and Safety Executive

Firms in court over Manchester care home death.

Link and further information:  HSE Website

Health and safety in care homes - new guidance intended to help those providing and managing care homes – to give them a better understanding of the real risks and how to manage them effectively. It has been extensively rewritten, with a number of new topics, and brings together key messages on risks to both workers and residents.

Link and further information: HSE Website

Manual handling assessment charts (the MAC tool)

Link and further information: HSE Website

National Audit Office

Out-of-hours GP Services England - Report

Link and further information: NAO Website

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Whistleblowing - A new Social Care TV film to encourage organisations to create a safe environment for staff to raise concerns openly as part of normal day-to-day practice. Raising concerns at work should be seen as part of normal day-to-day good working; this film can help managers, health and social care staff, housing staff, social workers, care providers, care staff and people who use services.

Link and further information: SCIE Website

Older People Living in Care Homes - A new film focuses on how the NICE quality standard on the mental wellbeing of older people living in care homes can be put into practice. Featuring residents at the Royal Chelsea Hospital, the film looks at recommendations including help in maintaining and developing personal identity and offering meaningful activities to promote mental wellbeing. The film was produced by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care, which is led by SCIE.

Link and further information: SCIE Website

National Skills Academy

The National Skills Academy has released the new Social Care Manager’s Handbook. Designed to be the ‘go to’ guide for registered managers, it’s available for £35 or free to registered manager members.

Link and further information: NSA Website

 
June 2014

Health and Social Care Information Centre

Clinical Audit Support News available quarterly

Link and further Information: HSCIC Website

Health and Safety Executive

  • Occupational Diseases new webpages and online community

Link and further information:HSE Website

  • Healthcare provider fines after death of patient during restraint procedure.

Link and further information:HSE Website

  • Hospital Trust's basic failure led to patient's death.

Link and further information:HSE Website

  • Care home in court over vulnerable resident's injuries.

Link and further information:HSE Website

  • Tackling Stress - European Good Practice Awards (applications being taken, deadline date for submission 6 October 2014).

Link and further information:HSE Website

  • Council sentenced after elderly tenant falls through uncovered hole in floor.

Link and further information: HSE Website

Welsh Government

  • The Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011 has come into force in Wales which places duties on all Welsh Ministers to consider the rights of children when exercising their functions including making spending decisions, creating policies or changing the law. The measure adopts the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Link and further information:UK Government Website

  • The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 has been granted royal assent. The Act will: introduce portable assessments so that people who move from one place to another in Wales will be assured services in the new area; ensure people are assessed on what they need, rather than simply on what services are available locally; establish a National Adoption Service to improve outcomes of children in need of a permanent family.

Link and further information:Welsh Government Website

National Childrens Bureau

The National Children's Bureau and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have published a report on the causes of child mortality. It reveals that UK children are more at risk of premature death than European counterparts due to increasing social inequality.

Link and further information:National Childrens Bureau Website

Catch 22 National Care Advisory Service

The Catch 22 National Care Advisory Service has published a 3rd edition of its 'Know your rights, know your benefits' leaflet aimed at young care leavers within the benefits system in England. Link and further information: Catch 22 Website

Link and further information:

Department for Education

The Department for Education has published Michael Gove's letter to headteachers which outlines updated statutory safeguarding guidance for schools.

Link and further information:Department for Education Letter from Michael Gove

Internet Matters

Internet Service Providers have launched a website, Internet Matters, which offers advice and guidance to parents on keeping their children safe online. Link and further information:Internet Matters Website

NSPCC

New on NSPCC Inform: updated pages on safeguarding disabled children. They provide access to the latest research, statistics, policy and practice resources on the topic.

Link and further information:NSPCC Website

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has updated its National child protection guidance and produced practice notes on protecting disabled children from abuse and neglect.

Link and further information:Scottish Government Website

Additional notes for practitioners - Link and further information:Scottish Government Website

UK Parliament

  • The Care Act 2014 has received royal assent. The Act includes a duty for local authorities to consider the needs of children living in households where there is a disabled adult who needs care, as part of a 'whole family assessment.'

Link and further information:UK Parliament Website

  • From 16 June, forcing someone to marry will be a criminal offence in England and Wales under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It could result in a sentence of up to 7 years in prison. ChildLine, in conjunction with the government's Forced Marriage Unit, have produced a short animation to help children and young people understand the change in the law and how it might affect them.

Link and further information: UK Government Website

Childnet International

On 3rd June, Childnet will be launching the STAR Toolkit, a new online safety resource offering practical advice and teaching activities to help secondary schools explore internet safety with young people with autism spectrum disorder.

Link and further information:Childnet Website

Child Protection in Sport Unit

The Child Protection in Sport Unit has launched a self-assessment tool which organisations can use to check that they are doing everything they can to keep children and young people safe in sport.

Link and further information:Child Protection in Sport Unit Website

Department for Education

The Department for Education has produced guidance to help teachers better identify underlying mental health problems in children and young people.

Link and further information:UK Government Website

UK Government

New Approach to End of Life Care

A new approach to caring for dying people based on the needs and wishes of the person and those close to them has been launched today and welcomed by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb. It takes the form of five new Priorities for Care which succeed the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) as the new basis for caring for someone at the end of their life.

Link and further information: UK Government Website

 

 

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