Secrecy, transparency, purdah and the illusion of candour #ADASSspring #JusticeforLB

Earlier this week Sara posted a blog post titled State agents and lives on hold. In it she updates on the tiresome slog to get accountability and answers around her son’s preventable death, in an ATU. LB drowned in the bath, something an independent report found to be entirely preventable, fourteen months ago. Still no accountability … More Secrecy, transparency, purdah and the illusion of candour #ADASSspring #JusticeforLB

Abuse and Neglect – do we love animals more? The Sequel.

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.

Innovators are constantly asking why things aren’t done differently – the return of #innopints

A couple months ago, back in August, a handful of people (including @martinhowitt @fergusbisset @carlhaggerty @dalekdoctor @gerrynos and @samnixson) met at The White Hart at Dartington Hall for a couple hours of chat and a couple of drinks. At the time the loose connection was some interest (personal or by association) in innovation, hence the #innopints hashtag. We … More Innovators are constantly asking why things aren’t done differently – the return of #innopints

Reflections on #NCASC – let’s start with people

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

Déjà vu…or why most people don’t know who #Dilnot is and don’t care!

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!

#Dilnot Commission – funding care and support

Almost a year ago the Government set up the Dilnot Commission to look at the future funding of care and support in England. Chaired by Andrew Dilnot, with the support of two commissioners Jo Williams and Norman Warner, the Commission is charged with making recommendations on how to achieve an affordable and sustainable funding system/s for care … More #Dilnot Commission – funding care and support