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Government commits to reform the Mental Health Act

13 December 2018

The Government has committed to introducing a new Mental Health Bill to transform mental healthcare, following publication of the final report from the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Council found to unlawfully restrict couple’s contact without proper authorisation

12 December 2018

A court judge has labelled restrictions on a couple’s contact, by a council unlawfully failing to make an application to the courts, as neither “justifiable, proportionate nor necessary”.

New Social Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship now published

7 December 2018

The Social Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship (SWIDA) has been signed off by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) and will shortly be published.

Complaints over social care in England nearly trebled since 2010

6 December 2018

A report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has revealed that complaints and inquiries about adult social care have nearly trebled since 2010.

Government to extend AMCP remit in DoLS replacement scheme

5 December 2018

The latest House of Lords debate on the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill has resulted in the Government agreeing to extend the approved mental capacity professional (AMCP) role to improve safeguards for service users under the scheme that will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

Care homes with dementia carer champions reduce antipsychotics use

29 November 2018

A collaboration between the Wellbeing and Health for people with Dementia (WHELD) training programme and a team of researchers has found that care homes using dementia “carer champions” to deliver person-centred care lessen agitation in people with dementia and reduce their use of antipsychotic drugs.

Government defeated on DoLS replacement scheme Bill following criticism

28 November 2018

The Government has had its first defeat on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) replacement Bill as peers voted to amend one of the three conditions for authorising a deprivation under the proposed Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) system.

Skills for Care publishes guide for employers to recruit safely and fairly

28 November 2018

Skills for Care has published a guide for social care and health employers to recruit safely and fairly.

Statutory Sick Pay 2019/20 rate

28 November 2018

The Government has published the statutory rates for sick pay from April 2019.

NHS Digital awards funding for digital support for social care providers

23 November 2018

NHS Digital has awarded £784,000 to the members of the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) to deliver a new sector-led service which will offer digital support for social care providers, and also to encourage uptake of existing digital resources that care providers can use to support integrated care.