Social care

The Department of Health works to define policy and guidance for delivering a social care system that provides care equally for all, while enabling people to retain their independence, control and dignity.

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Transfer of Southern Cross Healthcare to new operators

Southern Cross Healthcare, the largest independent care home operator in the country (with over 750 care and nursing homes and some 31,000 residents, most of who are older people), has been engaged in restructuring since early 2011. A restructuring committee,… Read more →Transfer of Southern Cross Healthcare to new operators

NHS social care allocation return 2011-2012

The Department of Health made £648 million available to local authorities in 2011/12 for social care activities that also benefit health. A letter from David Flory, Deputy NHS Chief Executive and David Behan, Director General Social Care, requests information from PCT Finance… Read more →NHS social care allocation return 2011-2012

£800 million for medical research

£800 million will be spent to boost medical research, advancing diagnosis, prevention and treatment, and benefitting patients with diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The research will be carried out through NHS and university partnerships, managed by the National Institute… Read more →£800 million for medical research

Living well with dementia: A Design Council challenge

Designer Wayne Hemmingway MBE

A national challenge has been launched by the Design Council, in partnership with the Department of Health, to develop new design-led ideas for products and services that make life simpler and more enjoyable for those with dementia, and for their carers.… Read more →Living well with dementia: A Design Council challenge

Q&A on health services in secure children’s homes and secure training centres

Earlier this year the Department of Health announced the start of a phased project to transfer commissioning responsibility for health services in secure children’s homes and secure training centres in England to the NHS. Please read this questions and answers document that has… Read more →Q&A on health services in secure children’s homes and secure training centres

Provision of support to the National Forum of People with Learning Difficulties – EOI (PQQ)

The Coalition Government is committed to improving outcomes for people with learning disabilities and the vision of inclusion and equality set out in Valuing People Now published by the previous government in January 2009. A key aim of Valuing People… Read more →Provision of support to the National Forum of People with Learning Difficulties – EOI (PQQ)

Fulfilling and rewarding lives: the strategy for adults with autism in England

The first autism strategy for England marked a fundamental change in public services helping adults with autism to live independent lives and find work. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability and although some people can live relatively independently, others will… Read more →Fulfilling and rewarding lives: the strategy for adults with autism in England