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DOLS Reform. How urgent is ‘a matter of pressing urgency’?

9th Feb 2018: Joint Committee on Human Rights  launches inquiry into DOLS reform

Rescare covered the issue of DOLS and the repercussions of the Cheshire West case in several articles in Resnews, our newsletter to members, in 2016 and 2017.  One of the repercussions of that case was that the Court of Protection became clogged with literally thousands of DOLS applications from local authorities, despite various attempts to develop a fast-tracking mechanism. The feeling of many was that the current situation re DOLS is unsustainable, not least the Law Commission, who in March 2017  called for DOLS to be replaced ‘as a matter of pressing urgency’. 

 

 

We are grateful to the 39 Essex Street chambers for alerting us to the following in its latest ‘Mental Capacity’ bulletin:

Whilst we await the Government’s response to the Law Commission’s Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty report, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has launched an inquiry into ‘the right to freedom and safety: Reform of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.’ Continue reading

Minister of State for Adult Social Care appointed

Appointment of new minister reflects (hopefully) government’s higher priority for adult social care.

From Community Care  Jan 23rd 2018

Caroline Dinenage will be the minister of state overseeing adult social care, the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed.

The decision to give the remit to Dinenage marks an elevation in the importance of adult social care within the government following it being handed to a junior minister for the first time in eight years in the 2016 reshuffle.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Social Care said the decision to give the responsibility for adult social care to a minister of state rather than a parliamentary under secretary of state reflected the expanded portfolio of the department following Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest reshuffle of her ministerial team earlier this month.

Rescare welcomes the minister to her new position, and also the fact that adult social care is now the remit of a minister of state.

PPS. Reminder to self – it’s now the Department of Health and Social Care. I must start to use the new acronym  DHSC !

Landmark High Court ruling on PIP

PIP: On 21st December 2017 Justice Mostyn delivered his judgement in the High Court in the case of RF v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

The individual (RF) was a client of the charity Public Law Project, and was supported by the mental health charity MIND and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), who appeared as 1st and 2nd Interveners in the case. The court also heard statements from the charities The National Autistic Society, Inclusion London, Revolving Doors and Disability Rights UK.

Details of the judgement are available here on the Public Law Projects website  . Continue reading

MPs ‘consider supporting and safeguarding adults with learning disabilities’

On 17th October, in a Westminster Hall, Catherine McKinnell, Labour MP for Newcastle North, introduced a debate amongst MPs with the following words: “I beg to move that this House has considered supporting and safeguarding adults with learning disabilities”.

In doing so, she was again highlighting the truly shocking murder of Lee Irving and speaking for Lee’s family, asking what had changed since 2015 to prevent similar incidents.

The full transcript of the debate is available via this link and we encourage you to read it (It is not too long).  Continue reading

Reminder to Members – AGM (6th October 2017)

Just a quick reminder to Rescare  members...

 

 

Rescare AGM is on 6th October 2017 at the Friends Meeting House, Stockport

Location details: www.stockportmeetinghouse.org.uk/location/

Members should have already received their  invitation in the post a few weeks ago. If you now decide to attend, please notify us by phone or email.

 

 

Video from Camphill Research Symposium 2017

The Camphill Foundation is a US-based organisation with a primary focus on North America. Under its aegis,an event entitled  ‘The Camphill Research Symposium 2017’ took place in July in Hudson, New York State.  Obviously much of the agenda was not immediately relevant to the UK.

One session however which  may be of interest comprised a talk by Miriam Snellgrove, Ph.D., University of Bristol “Who is Camphill For? Challenges and Perspectives from the UK Experience” , in which she examined  ‘the changing nature of Camphill principles and practices in the UK; in particular the ways that the ‘vision’ of who Camphill is for and how it should be run have faced considerable challenges with the increase in employment, declining co-worker model and more complex needs of residents…’  Continue reading

West Sussex Care Homes under Investigation by Police and CQC

Some disturbing news from Sussex, reported by BBC local news:

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-40991641

“Police inquiries and unannounced inspections have been carried out at disability care homes in West Sussex.

They were in response to “significant safeguarding concerns” after a number of reported deaths.

The Care Quality Commission was alerted to Sussex Health Care services by West Sussex County Council…”

This story does not appear yet to have gone ‘national’, presumably pending the results of these initial investigations, and has only been re-reported by a few news agencies.  Continue reading

Paul Burstow announced as new SCIE Chair

A press release  from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), dated 27/07/2017, has alerted us to the SCIE’s appointment of a new Chair, Paul Burstow .

Burstow was a Liberal  Democrat MP (1997 to 2015), and served as Minister of State at the Department of Health (2010 to 2012) with responsibility for care services.

In 2013, Burstow was appointed Chair of The Commission on Residential Care (CORC), which was sponsored by the think-tank Demos. Continue reading

ADASS Budget Survey 2017: Difficult Decisions Ahead

The pressures on the funding of Social Care in the year are stated bluntly in the latest annual Budget Survey from The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) – published at the end of  June.

 

 

Please read this  this press release from ADASS which summarises the result of the survey.

The depressing fact is that “… less than 7 per cent of Directors feel at all optimistic about the future financial state of the local health and care economy in their own area”. It is not surprising Directors are “finding it increasingly hard to implement planned cuts in practice”.

Last minute changes to Better Care Fund guidance, announced this week by minister Jeremy Hunt, saw the Department of Health insert a threat to review funding allocations for councils that fail to meet targets to cut delayed discharges. ADASS reacted angrily,  accusing the government of imposing “completely unacceptable” conditions on councils getting a share of £2bn of extra social care funding and saying that the new conditions damaged the ability of councils to plan for the future. This development is described in detail in an article in Community Care online entitled “Government changes to care funding guidance ‘unacceptable’”.

There are sure to be further developments  around  social care funding in the coming months, and Rescare will keep you updated…

TLAP publishes important Care Act Survey results…

Just published (29/06/2017), Think Local Act Personal’s (TLAP’s) report on the impact of the Care Act in its first year. This is an important document since the survey was commissioned by the DoH.

To find the report,  visit this TLAP webpage where there are links to downloadable PDF documents.

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