Category Archives: Social care

Designing for dementia

TweetThis year, 225,000 people will develop dementia – that’s one person every three minutes – and 70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with … Continue reading

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London artist Laura beats thousands vying for Royal Academy spot

TweetThis beautiful pencil drawing by artist Laura Broughton is among those chosen for the highly competitive Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Laura’s piece, Post Party, is one of 1,240 chosen from 12,000 submissions and the original was snapped up by a … Continue reading

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In limbo: life for people with learning disabilities moving out of hospital units

TweetThe government promised four years ago to move people from treatment and assessment units following BBC Panorama’s exposure of abuse at the privately run Winterbourne View. The preventable death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a Southern Health trust … Continue reading

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‘She had a life worth living – she was comprehensively failed’

TweetHow do families of people with learning disabilities or autism feel they are treated by health and social care professionals? According to Karen Callender Caplan, who I interviewed for the Guardian, “You feel dismissed, you feel ignored … you have … Continue reading

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Mental health beds shouldn’t be so hard to find

TweetAbout 500 mentally ill people travel more than 30 miles for an inpatient bed every month, such is the scarcity of local provision. My piece in the Guardian today reflects longstanding concerns most recently outlined in a report from the … Continue reading

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Why the NHS needs more district nurses

TweetThe ageing population combined with the ongoing drive to keep people at home, not in hospital, reinforces the vital role of community nursing. Yet as figures from the Royal College of Nursing show, the number of community nurses working in … Continue reading

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Potential, not prejudice: photo project challenges disability stereotypes

TweetWhen newlywed Tessa got back to the hotel with husband Mark after their wedding, she found he’d arranged a surprise – he had scattered flowers and balloons around the room. As Tessa recalls in a new project and book, Great … Continue reading

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Homes, hospitals, ambition and actuality

TweetFour years after the abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View (and 30 years after the start of care in the community and 20 years after the influential Mansell Report), NHS England recently unveiled a £45m plan to … Continue reading

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How English councils are supporting unaccompanied child asylum seekers

TweetPorts of entry like Kent and Croydon look after a disproportionate number of child asylum seekers, and government funding doesn’t cover all the costs, as I explain in a piece on the Guardian’s social care pages. Many concerns were raised … Continue reading

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Equal rights at the end of life for people with autism

TweetMichael Baron, a National Autistic Society founder parent, whose son Timothy is 60, says of the concept of “a good death”: “At the age of 86, I want that for myself, but just as much I want that end of … Continue reading

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