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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Extra money to help people leaving hospital

A one-off additional £150m will be allocated to Primary Care Trusts in England, for immediate transfer to local authorities for investment in social care services which also benefit the health … Read more → – Extra money to help people leaving hospital

New start date and more funding announced for local HealthWatch bodies

Further details on the establishment of local HealthWatch bodies, including a new start date and extra funding, have been set out by Health Minister Andrew Lansley. Following feedback from local … Read more → – New start date and more funding announced for local HealthWatch bodies

The fourth year of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) service

The fourth annual report of the IMCA service, an innovative statutory service provided by the voluntary sector has been published. It acts as an important safeguard for people who lack … Read more → – The fourth year of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) service

Hip fractures and dementia

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National Clinical Director for Dementia, Professor Alistair Burns talks in a video blog about fragility fractures and the association with dementia .

Caring for our future engagement

The Caring for our future engagement ran from 15 September until 2 December. It saw numerous discussions taking place across the country, and the Department of Health is currently working through all … Read more → – Caring for our future engagement

Children and Young People’s Mental Health – recent developments

This letter issued jointly by Prof Dame Sally Davies (Chief Medical Officer); Dame Christine Beasley (Chief Nursing Officer); Dr Keith Ridge (Chief Pharmaceutical Officer) and Prof Sir Bruce Keogh (NHS … Read more → – Children and Young People’s Mental Health – recent developments

Memorandum of Understanding between Secretary of State and Scottish Ministers

At present where an ordinary residence dispute arises between local authorities (LAs) about care that has been arranged across borders between England and Scotland, there is no mechanism for reaching … Read more → – Memorandum of Understanding between Secretary of State and Scottish Ministers