Here to help with questions relating to learning disability and its impact on family carers
A factual description of the circumstances requiring this debate, with links to the written- and video-transcripts is available on the Parliament website: https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2017/march/emergency-debate-on-personal-independence-payments/ Continue reading
Rescare’s office staff have now seen the programme via catch-up, and like many, have been left angry and depressed. Personally, I was most upset to realise, from parents’ accounts of their own experiences, how many rights parents lose when a young person becomes an inpatient; and by the programme’s confirming what I actually already knew, that despite post-Winterbourne commitments, there are still over 2,400 people in ‘specialist’ (sic) hospitals and residential placements. Former minister at the Department of Health, Norman Lamb, was interviewed for the programme, and seemed especially upset and angry, offering a personal commitment to pursue this issue. Continue reading
Important, informative stuff but it makes your brain hurt. Webinars details are on Belinda’s blog website www.schwehroncare.co.uk .
The webinars are protected intellectual property; but for once, and because some of the content is so jaw-dropping, Belinda has made some slides on dodgy and defensible types of cuts. Continue reading
There has been a lot written recently about the affects of local authority funding cuts on social care. Access to care is now very much a postcode lottery and the whole process is disjointed and in some cases totally shambolic.
Isn’t it about time we looked at a different way to take care of those who through illness, infirmity or a lifelong disability, are unable to look after themselves? A National Care Service.
My focus in this blog is obviously on learning disability, a lifelong condition for which there is no cure and thus care should be a fundamental right. What would this national care service offer to learning disabled people? Continue reading
“In the most important week for the Mental Capacity Act in several years, two critical aspects of the law in this area will be under scrutiny in the week of 12th December. On the 13th and 14th, the Court of Appeal will be considering the question of what deprivation of liberty looks like in the intensive care setting in the appeal against the decision of the Divisional Court in R (LF) v HM Chief Coroner for Inner London (South). This issue is of major significance for all those in clinical practice, and the decision of the Court of Appeal is also likely to have wider ramifications as the first appellate level consideration in any detail of the meaning of the “acid test” set down by the Supreme Court decision in Cheshire West. On the 14th and 15th, the Supreme Court will, itself, be considering the division between the Court of Protection and the Administrative Court in the appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal in Re MN, and asking – in essence – whether those concerned with making best interests decision in or out of the Court of Protection are confined to choosing between options that are actually available to the person concerned. The Supreme Court hearing will be streamed live at https://www.supremecourt.uk/. ”
Complicated but important. We will try to publish news of decisions and reactions.