New SCR published on Jersey Care Home

The Serious Case Review concerns the death in 2013 of an elderly man living at a Jersey Care Home, and where there was serious cause for concern about the way in which agencies have worked together to safeguard this individual. The report can be downloaded here

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CPEA Nose guest blog: Sue McGuire Makes the Case for Counting Beans

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So, I have been doing some Better Care Fund (BCF) work for a local authority and I’d like to share some of my thoughts around this somewhat controversial topic. Controversial because BCF can either be seen as a cynical move to make it look like local authorities and the NHS have been given a load more money to spend on integrating services or as an opportunity to start to generate responsibility across the health and social care system for certain big ticket outcomes…

[Read more on the CPEA Nose health, social care and children’s services blog, here]

CPEA Nose guest blog: Sideways Innovation

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Robert Templeton of Well Street, Better Care and Health takes a sideways look at innovation. Innovation is a term widely used by government and industry, as well as in health and social care – and undoubtedly, in the run up to the General Election, all the political parties will be discussing innovative ideas and policies. Perhaps they’ll even use the reliable shorthand for the whole process, blue sky thinking, to identify the way they’ve come up with such ‘breakthroughs’…

[Read more on the CPEA Nose health, social care and children’s services blog, here]

CPEA Nose guest blog: Mike Wright asks what ‘adulthood’ is, how should we recognise it – and why is it so important?

Mike Wright asks what ‘adulthood’ is, how should we recognise it – and why is it so important?

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Adult – from the Latin adultus, “grown up, mature, adult, ripe”. Above is the etymology of the word ‘adult’ that I found using an online etymology dictionary. And if it were not for the words ‘grown up, mature, and ripe,’ this blog may have taken the form of the old ‘which came first – chicken or egg/adultus or adult?’ paradox… However, fortunately the test for recognising a fully grown up, mature human is apparently the same as selecting a good grapefruit or banana!…

[Read more on the CPEA Nose health, social care and children’s services blog, here]

Cameras in Care Homes – Mixed Views in the Profession

There are mixed view in the social care sector about the use of cameras in care homes, according to Andy Merker, Vic Citarella and Janti Champaneri

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Last week, The Times told us that research into use of cameras to protect people in care homes had found the following proportion of stakeholders are in favour of their adoption: 90% of families with relatives in care; 66% of staff; But less than 50% of residents…

[Read more on the CPEA Nose health, social care and children’s services blog, here]

CPEA Nose guest blog: Mike Wright contemplates: The Physical Impossibility of Combing a Hairy Ball Flat

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I recently received this image in an e-mail. And after affording myself the appropriate level of chuckling time over the quality of content and the craft of delivery, I was prepared to move mentally along with my day, perhaps diverting my attention to some other procrastination-worthy material… but an idea got stuck in my head. My attention was suddenly held hostage by the thought that, ‘You can’t comb a hairy ball flat.’

[Read more on the CPEA Nose health, social care and children’s services blog, here]