We need to tell a different story about social care

Paul Burstow – Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence Our default narrative about social care is too often one of crisis, fragility, staff shortages and underfunding with vulnerability and neglect thrown in for good measure. Its time change that. For most people social care is out of sight out of mind.  It is little understood, unlike … Continue reading We need to tell a different story about social care

‘Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine’

By Peter Hay   So let’s cut to a summary of the evidence that there are stand-out social workers and excellent social work within systems that are under so much stress. 'Compassionate, committed and creative’ - a description of Gareth Benjamin , Mental Health Social Worker of the Year 2017 “Innovative and different - thinking … Continue reading ‘Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine’

Employment – a meaningful use of time.

By Claire Gleeson & Charlotte Crabtree, Keyring Whilst there are record levels of employment in the UK, there are nearly 715,000 work-capable yet unemployed people with learning disabilities. While 6% of people with learning disabilities are in work, 65% would like to be. In our Oldham service we currently have 14.65% of Network Members who … Continue reading Employment – a meaningful use of time.

Adult social care and ethics: time for a new relationship?

By Professor Bob Hudson  As howls of betrayal, dishonesty and untrustworthiness reverberate around our political system, there is renewed interest in the idea of ethical behaviour – what it is and how it can be better embedded in public and business life. New ideas are coming from unlikely sources: many of the largest US businesses … Continue reading Adult social care and ethics: time for a new relationship?