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Delayed transfers of care: a quick guide

Why do delayed transfers of care occur? And what is the impact on the wider health system? The King's Fund answer some key questions.

8th January 2018

Poverty sets children up for a life of disadvantage.

Last November, the Institute for Fiscal Studies made the staggering assertion that in the next few years, 5.2 million children will be living in poverty in the UK. This is hugely concerning on many fronts. First, poverty damages childhoods and life chances – it is a travesty of social justice that in one of the richest economies in the world, roughly a third of children live in poverty. Second, England is the only country in the UK without a national strategy aimed at tackling child poverty. And third, if some of the recent economic forecasts come to fruition, there is a very real risk this figure will rise further.

8th January 2018

Stop, speak, support...when you see online bullying

Campaign launched by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, aiming to empower all 11-16-year-olds in the United Kingdom to take a stand against bullying. Uses a simple code of conduct to encourage young people to stop - take time out before getting involved and don't share negative comments; speak - talk to a trusted adult/Childline and report concerning online content or behaviour; and support - let other people who are being bullied online know you are there for them and encourage them to seek help.

8th January 2018

Decision making and mental capacity

This draft guidance recommends that health and social care professionals should support people to overcome any difficulties they may face when making decisions. It advises that staff should take a neutral stance on any decisions and that using visual aids or involving family members can help with decision making for those with diminished mental capacity. NICE will be accepting comments and feedback on this draft guidance until 5 February 2018.

3rd January 2018

Social care commentary: hidden children - the challenges of safeguarding children who are not attending school

Ofsted's National Director, Social Care, Eleanor Schooling discusses how to more effectively safeguard some children who are currently home educated.

2nd January 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018 Education Packs and SID TV videos launched!

available! Created for educators across the UK, the packs provide free resources to help educate students aged 3-18 about online safety issues. The SID TV video content is a series of educational videos that complement the messaging of the education packs, and can be used in conjunction to the lessons or on their own. Tailored for each key stage, the Education Packs include lesson plans, assemblies, posters, and other quick activities. Each of the education packs also has an accompanying SID TV educational film, which is designed to complement the lessons and learning objective in each pack. There are 6 education packs (available in English and Welsh), each with their own age appropriate content and theme.

2nd January 2018

Revised regional core child protection policies and procedures for Northern Ireland

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) has published the Revised regional core child protection policies and procedures. The policies and procedures explain the actions that must be taken when there are concerns about the welfare of a child/young person are operational as of 15 December 2017. They replace the Area Child Protection Committee Regional Policies and Procedures April 2005.

2nd January 2018

Brexit: the implications for health and social care

Although the EU has limited legal jurisdiction over how health and care services are organised and provided in member states (European Union undated), the UK’s vote to leave the EU will have major implications for health and social care in England.

14th December 2017

Enhanced health in care homes: lessons from good practice on embedding integrated care

This event looked at how to integrate health services and residential care to improve the quality of life, health care and health planning for people living in care homes.

14th December 2017

The King's Fund Annual Conference 2017

Focusing on the key opportunities to improve health and care, our annual conference is the leading event for system leaders and practitioners to discover, learn and celebrate ways of delivering better health and care services. Population health and prevention: our shared priority These sessions were focused on the practicalities of improving population health and prioritising prevention by looking at how to strengthen partnerships between all those working in population health systems, including: local government, the NHS, housing, education, fire and rescue services, the police, education, and the private and voluntary and community sectors. A modern health and care system Improving the efficiency and quality of care was the focus of day two. Sessions looked at how to overcome the barriers and challenges of maintaining and improving the standard of care at a time of constrained budgets.

14th December 2017

Improving mental health support for our children and young people - Expert Working Group final report

In February 2016 the DfE announced that an Expert Working Group would be created to ensure that the emotional and mental health needs of children and young people in care, adopted from care, under kinship care, under Special Guardianship Orders, as well as care leavers, would be better met. The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) was contracted by the Department of Health (DH) and the DfE to establish the Expert Working Group to support this work. The Expert Working Group gathered evidence from a review of literature about what the mental health needs of looked after children were, and held a Call for Evidence of good practice. The group also considered what a good system to support the health and wellbeing of looked after children would look like, and described its key features.

4th December 2017

Knowledge and skills statement for social work supervisors in adult social care

The department is seeking views on the Knowledge and skills statement for adult social work supervisors, to make sure it covers the key skills and knowledge needed to support high quality, reflective social work practice.

1st December 2017

Talking leadership: Chris Naylor on integrating physical and mental health care Talking leadership: Chris Naylor on integrating physical and mental health care

To achieve the vision described in the NHS five year forward view, the NHS needs to adopt more integrated approaches to physical and mental health. The Fund’s Integrating physical and mental health care learning network aims to accelerate that process, helping senior clinicians and managers to work together to overcome common challenges and learn from best practice. The King's Fund talked to Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, about the network and how it helps to translate a policy ambition to new models of care.

26th October 2017

Future of commissioning

This one-day event aimed to help NHS and social care commissioners understand how commissioning is changing in response to the move towards sustainability and transformation partnerships, and accountable care systems and organisations. PDFs of presenters' slides are available from The King's Fund events app, which you can download on to your smartphone or tablet.

26th October 2017

This week saw the launch of important new research into the need for mental health services to deal with the trauma of domestic violence.

The study was carried out by Dr Nadia Mantovani Senior Researcher at St George’s University of London and Dr Ruth Allen, Chief Executive of the British Association of Social Workers (formerly of SWLSTG Mental Health Trust and St George’s University). The research was funded by NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group to examine the association between mental health needs and experience of domestic violence and child abuse. National and international research shows close links between the development of mental health problems and exposure to violence and trauma. It also shows that people with mental health problems are more at risk of experiencing domestic violence and of being repeatedly harmed. Nationally, reports of domestic violence are on the increase. It can lead to many poor health and social outcomes including complex mental health problems, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and unemployment. The Wandsworth study looked at the recorded experiences of 342 women and men using South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust services and held focus group discussions with domestic violence survivors as well as mental health and domestic violence practitioners.

25th October 2017

Social care commentary: protecting disabled children

Ofsted's National Director, Social Care, Eleanor Schooling discusses effective practices to safeguard disabled children.

23rd October 2017

Learning from new care models here and abroad: making accountable care happen

See the highlights from The King's Fund's recent event for those working towards integrating health and care services, including presentations from Jim Mackey, Vince Barry and Al Mulley.

13th October 2017

Digital citizenship: young peoples’ rights on social media

The Children’s Commissioner for England has launched child-friendly guides and teacher resources, developed with TES and the law firm Schillings, to help children to understand what they are signing up to when they use Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and WhatsApp.

2nd October 2017

Speaking out about abuse

The Guardian reports on a free online resource, based on the children’s book Share some secrets, which aims to help children identify the difference between good and troublesome secrets.

1st October 2017

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