Government reinstates cap on care costs change that cuts benefit to less well-off

Community Care

This would have retained a provision similar to that provided for by schedule 3 of the Care Act 2014, the legal regime for tackling delayed discharges, which the Health and Social Care Bill is due to remove as part of a shift to a discharge-to-assess-approach.

How Discharge to Assess (D2A) Can Work for Homeless Patients

Health & Social Care Workforce

Senior Research Fellow, Dr Michelle Cornes, has been working with NHS England and Improvement on the new Discharge to Assess (D2A) practice guidance, identifying good practice examples that illustrate how this new hospital discharge policy can work effectively for patients … Continue reading → Homelessness Housing Michelle Cornes


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‘Thrown to the wolves’: Covid care home ruling is bitter victory for relatives

The Guardian

Just over two years on, the high court ruling that the government’s hospital discharge policy that sent thousands of people untested into care homes was not only illegal but “irrational” comes as bitter proof of what they already knew: something went badly wrong.

More than 90 care home operators in England declare red alert over staffing

The Guardian

It said that rules meaning homes with Covid cannot accept hospital discharges will cause backlogs in the already struggling NHS.

Coffey unveils £500m adult social care grant to free up hospital beds

Community Care

The government has unveiled a £500m adult social care grant to free up hospital beds and bolster the care workforce this winter. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said there were currently 13,000 people in hospital who should be receiving care in the community.

65,000 adults waiting at least six months for assessment as unmet needs mount, warns ADASS

Community Care

The figure, dating from the end of February, is six times that recorded in September last year, and comes with most directors reporting they have had to prioritise assessments for cases of suspected abuse or neglect, hospital discharge or reablement following a temporary residential care stay.

One in eight councils moved to ‘life and limb care only’ for at least some people over Christmas, warns ADASS

Community Care

More than 50 million PCR and 142 million LFD kits have been delivered to care homes and we have invested a further £478 million to support safe and timely hospital discharges to get patients into the best place for their care and support to continue.”.

Extra £500m for social care a ‘sticking plaster’, warn sector leaders

Community Care

The package, designed to speed up hospital discharges by increasing the availability of social care, and to boost the supply of care staff, was broadly welcomed by councils, providers, think-tanks and charities.

Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care Awards: inspirational stories (part one of two)

Social Care

Her clinical experience, gained in specialist hospital coronary and intensive care units, continues to remind her to always consider those affected by sudden serious illness.

Omicron infections in wider workforce ‘adding pressure’ to ‘exhausted’ social workers

Community Care

At the same time, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said adult social workers were facing “significant increases in assessment and planning work” due to an “ever-growing” number of people needing care at home and going in and out of hospital.

Peers overturn cap on care costs change that would hit less well-off

Community Care

” Duty to consult carers before discharge reinserted. The Health and Care Bill, as drafted , would remove this requirement, along with the rest of the existing legal regime for tackling delayed discharges, as part of the shift to the discharge-to-assess model.

Adult care bereft of cash for current pressures and long-term reforms, warn MPs

Community Care

The committee criticised the government’s decision to end Covid-specific funding to control infection and support hospital discharge, at the end of March. Adult social care is bereft of funding to tackle current pressures and longer-term reforms, MPs warn today.