Here to help with questions relating to learning disability and its impact on family carers
” This chapter (7) provides guidance on: Sections 67 and 68 of the Care Act 2014 & the Care and Support (Independent Advocacy) Regulations 2014….
Even in 2015, legal expert Belinda Schwehr was asking “Advocacy – Is anyone actually getting any now it’s a statutory duty?” raising concerns and issues which are still relevant.
Just today I noticed on Twitter that Lucy Series (Small Places blogger) had asked the question (on 29th March) : “Anyone know where I can find statistics on Care Act advocacy referrals? Are they collected centrally by DH, and published anywhere?” Continue reading
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