All posts by: Hope Davis-McCallion

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A recent US report called ‘Physical Activity Interventions in Preventing Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer-Type Dementia’ reviewed previous significant trials that studied the effect of exercise, vitamin supplements, cognitive training and other ‘wellness regimes’ to determine if dementia can be delayed in people. The main aim of the study was to review past research on the […]

Ofsted has published their new inspection framework. It includes a formal yearly conversation with Ofsted about performance, and authorities will be asked to evaluate the quality and impact of their social work practice. The new inspection regime has been piloted over the past year, and the final plan is for: Short inspections: Authorities judged to be […]

Yesterday the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered the Autumn Budget in which social care wasn’t addressed. Instead there was a promise of a 4.4 per cent rise to the National Living Wage from April 2018, with it rising from £7.50 an hour to £7.83. Mr Hammond also promised to fund a pay rise […]

NHS Improvement states the NHS will struggle to cope with the busiest months of the year, as hospitals have failed to free up beds. With winter approaching, it is likely to prove difficult for hospitals. Jeremy Hunt has commented that since Spring there has been some success in reducing numbers of delayed discharges from hospital […]

A recent report by the Children’s Society has said local authority children’s services are being reduced to crisis-driven firefights because of central government funding cuts. The most hardest hit part has been early intervention services, designed to prevent problems escalating and children suffering a crisis. Due to this issue, councils have only been getting involved […]