Back in June I wrote a blog post comparing the public response to two current news stories – the first about Winterbourne View, the scene of institutional abuse of people with learning disabilities, and the second about two Metropolitan Police dogs who suffocated when their handler left them for too long in a vehicle. These … More Abuse and Neglect – do we love animals more? The Sequel.
Booking train tickets is the bane of my life. I’m very lucky in that I have someone who can help book my travel if I’m organised far enough in advance to ask them to do so, however the reality is I’m not always as organised as I’d like – especially when I’m trying to juggle … More Another trainline fail
I need to start this post by confessing that I’ve been wanting to use ≠ in a post for ages. For anyone who is thinking it’s a typo, it’s not it’s actually the symbol for *does not equal*, so indulge me with my quirk if you will and keep reading – anyone who got here already. … More Social media metrics: reach ≠ quality
For the last three days I’ve been in London for #NCASC – the National Children and Adult Services Conference. A considerable focus of the conference was #integratedcare and the need for #health and #socialcare systems to work closer together, set within the current economic situation and reduction of resources. I think its fair to say … More Reflections on #NCASC – let’s start with people
I’m up in Manchester for this year’s Joint Social Work Education Conference – this is the 13th year that it has been run but the first time I’ve attended. I’m talking about ChangeCards – what they are, where they came from and how they are being used in social care. I’ll post about my presentation … More #JSWEC Social Work Education Conference
This weekend I stumbled across Medical Harm – I believe I have @amcunningham to thank for bringing it to my attention. In a nutshell the blog is run by Dr Phil Hammond and Andrew Bousfield. It is a blog site that allows readers to submit information and documents to them, safely, which they may in turn … More To do no harm, first count the harm
I’m sat waiting for the Dilnot Commission to report – there are about 10mins left until it goes live on the Department of Health website. The few tweets that are leaking out of the press briefing, together with the media presence this weekend, suggest that Dilnot will be recommending that our politicians take some hard … More Waiting for #Dilnot – what is care and support?
I fully expect that over the next couple of days there will be many tweets sent and words written about the publication of the Dilnot Commission on the Funding of Care and Support; there is likely to be much musing about what it covers, what it doesn’t, whether its remit was right, how else we … More Déjà vu…or why most people don’t know who #Dilnot is and don’t care!
I’ve just written a blog post about the Dilnot Commission looking at the funding of care and support. I wrote it and tweeted about it and realised that the vast majority of people in my twitterstream wouldn’t look twice at such a post. There in lies the problem – it’s vaguely technical, too detailed, and … More Are you planning on getting old?
Over a week has passed since the Panorama exposé of practice at Winterbourne View. Run by Castlebeck the facility is described on their own website as “a purpose designed acute service, offering assessment and intervention and support for people with learning disabilities, complex needs and challenging behaviour“. I am not going to go into detail about … More When will we learn? #safeguarding lessons