Tag Archives: Older care

Funding boost will help older in people in Norwich to conquer their loneliness

Norwich is one of 15 areas in the country to benefit from a £4.5m funding boost aimed at combating social isolation and ensuring that future generations have the support they need.

Monday, September 8, 2014
6:30 AM

Loneliness and social isolation, which are known to contribute to depression and poor physical health, can hit anyone – but older people are particularly at risk.

In Norwich there are currently an estimated 20,000 older people, many of whom face social exclusion due to ill health, poverty or simply because of the attitude of society towards them.

But from April 2015, and over the next six years, Getting On In Norwich, a partnership project led by Voluntary Norfolk, will receive £4,495,264 to improve the lives of its thousands of older people.

Social media should be an essential part of new social workers’ toolkits

Digital media enables professionals to communicate more effectively with service users and each other

Claudia Megele, senior lecturer, Middlesex University, and head of practice learning, Enfield council

Guardian Professional,

As social media becomes more ingrained in society, so its adoption and acceptance in social work and social care will become more normalised. Photograph: Jens Kalaene/dpa/Corbis

From production and management of services to workforce development and community engagement strategy, local authorities and councillors are exploring the potential of digital media for co-production and enhancement of services. The fast pace of technology means greater and more powerful means of collaboration and transformation of services and the workforce.

Now is the time to create a combined health and social care system

4th September 2014

Merging two leaky buckets does not provide a watertight solution.

NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, recently told the Health Select Committee that merging two leaky buckets does not provide a watertight solution. It is for this reason that the growing problems in the NHS and social care cannot be solved by the Better Care Fund or any of the other short-term solutions on offer. Nothing less than a fundamental reform of the funding of health and social care services and citizens’ entitlements to publicly funded support is required to address these problems.