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Reinstate hospital social workers to improve discharge outcomes, PSWs urge Barclay

Community Care

Hospital social workers should be reinstated onto wards to support people to achieve better outcomes on discharge, amid the current severe pressures on the NHS and social care. Managing chaos, doing our best for patients and supporting each other: hospital social work under Covid.

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Police opens investigation into abuse at mental health hospital revealed by BBC

Community Care

Police have opened an investigation into abuse of patients at a mental health hospital uncovered by the BBC. Olivia, a patient who agreed to be featured on the programme, saying that her treatment at the hospital had made her serious mental health condition worse. Related articles.

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40% of people delayed in hospital awaiting social care package

Community Care

Four in ten people whose discharge from hospital is delayed are awaiting a social care package, according to NHS data. The figure, revealed today in a government plan to reduce hospital pressures, came as council leaders criticised ministers for a narrative of “blaming” social care for delayed discharges. ”

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DHSC rejects experts’ plan to curb ‘inhumane’ solitary confinement of disabled people in hospital

Community Care

The government has rejected an expert panel’s proposal to “severely curtail” the “inhumane” solitary confinement of people with learning disabilities and autistic people in mental health hospitals. However, she raised concerns about the time-limited nature of resourcing of them.

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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.

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Older people unlawfully detained in mental health hospitals because of poor DoLS practice, warns CQC

Community Care

Older people are being unlawfully detained in mental health hospitals “in very many cases” because of poor practice around the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), the Care Quality Commission has warned. It said the issue was exacerbated for people from black and minority groups living in deprived areas.

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Hospitals struggle as social care crisis cancels out funding boost, NHS report says

The Guardian

The number of people stuck in hospital for more than three weeks has risen 15% on pre-Covid levels Strike action and the social care crisis have left thousands more people trapped in hospital beds with nowhere to go while other patients struggle to access the care, nullifying an increase in funding and NHS staff, it has been reported.