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Social care ‘reform’: funding more of the same?

Blog The news feeds and social media have been alive today with the announcement on social care funding that was trailed over the weekend. The coalition government has unveiled plans to…

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The Burden of Ageing - Not

The Burden of Ageing - Not The area of government policy that has continually depressed me the most (and I’m talking successive governments here) is that around older people and ageing. What we at…

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Getting human and civil rights back on the agenda

Getting human and civil rights back on the agenda Here’s an optimistic wish for the new year – that human and civil rights returns to being a substantive policy and delivery priority in the health, social care…

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Winterbourne View – Reasons for Optimism?

Winterbourne View – Reasons for Optimism? An interesting thing has happened over the last few weeks. A government Minister listened to what knowledgeable people in the field were saying, took note, changed plans and instigated action.

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Austerity with Integrity

Austerity with Integrity About eighteen months ago, NDTi (or to be more precise one of our Associates, Simon Whitehead), coined the phrase ‘austerity with integrity’ in a discussion about how we…

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The DH’s Interim Winterbourne View Report

The DH’s Interim Winterbourne View Report For the first few minutes of reading the DH’s interim Winterbourne View report, I was almost excited. I was reading clear, robust statements about the inappropriateness of many…

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Five Things to Learn from Panorama’s Dementia Exposé

Five Things to Learn from Panorama’s Dementia Exposé OK, this is a longer blog than usual, but Monday night’s Panorama programme about an elderly lady with dementia being abused and neglected in a care home made…

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A Personal Tribute to Jim Mansell

A Personal Tribute to Jim Mansell Professor Jim Mansell, architect of significant elements of learning disability policy in England, founder of the Tizard Centre at Kent University and champion of individualised, evidence based services for people…

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Remploy, Politicians and Images of Pity

Remploy, Politicians and Images of Pity The proposal to remove the Government subsidy from Remploy’s sheltered factories has once again hit the news headlines. The decision, which will probably result in the closure of…

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Why You Cannot Put Doctors in Charge of Life

Why You Cannot Put Doctors in Charge of Life Something different has happened recently in the debate on health and social care integration – something that makes the Government’s wider NHS reforms even less logical and coherent…

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