Marie Curie

“Hiding who I am”: exposing the reality of end of life care for LGBT people This report looks at the barriers that prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people from accessing end of life care and highlights their real-life experiences. Its findings indicate that nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of LGBT people are not confident that health and social care services provide sensitive end of life care for their needs.  As a result, access to care is often delayed and LGBT people are more likely to experience unmanaged symptoms and pain at the end of their lives. Source: The King’s Fund Health and Management and Policy Alert 10 June 2016...

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House of Commons Public Accounts Committee

Personal budgets in social care This reports warns that stronger measures are needed to safeguard the interests of adults receiving personal budgets for social care. The committee calls on the Department of Health to set out clearly to local authorities and providers ‘what high-quality and proportionate support looks like’ and how much it costs, and recommends a range of analytical and other measures to safeguard users’ interests and the social care market. Source: The King’s Fund Health and Management and Policy Alert 10 June 2016...

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Carer’s strategy: call for evidence extended to 31 July 2016

Carer’s strategy: call for evidence extended to 31 July 2016 The Department of Health is developing a new strategy to set out what carers need, one which reflects their lives and the health and financial concerns they have about themselves, their families and those they care for. The call for evidence now closes on 31 July 2016 – DH really wants to hear your views as experts in local collaboration.  ...

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Health Management and Policy Alert

Hospital to Home evaluation report The Hospital to Home project was designed to identify and improve care pathways from hospital to home in the Tayside region of Scotland. IRISS worked with health and social care practitioners and people with experience of the pathway to identify issues to be addressed. This evaluation report concerns the final aim of the project: to develop a series of co-designed service recommendations, designed to enable older people to experience a well-supported, co-ordinated and positive pathway from hospital to home. Report  ...

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Health Management and Policy Alert

Care provision fit for a future climate This report examines how far existing care homes and other care provision facilities are fit for a future climate. Hotter, drier summers with heatwaves of greater frequency and intensity have serious implications for the UK’s ageing population. This report reviews existing evidence and presents primary research in four case study care settings (two residential and two extra care) in England to assess the risks of summertime overheating, and investigate the preparedness of the care settings, both now and in the future.    ...

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Health Management and Policy Alert

State of caring 2016 This report shows that, one year on from the implementation of the Care Act 2014 – designed to improve support for carers – carers in England are still struggling to get the support they need to care well, maintain their own health, balance work and care, and have a life of their own outside of caring. It calls for the government, local authorities and health bodies to redouble their efforts to support England’s 5.4 million unpaid carers, arguing that squeezed public services and financial pressures are pushing carers to the brink....

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