How can social action support service transformation?

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Caroline Storer highlights a recent Nesta report entitled “People helping people: lessons learned from three years supporting social action innovations to scale”.

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New NICE Guideline on social care support for older people with multiple long-term conditions

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Sarah Carr takes a look at a new NICE Guideline on person-centred, integrated social care support for older people with multiple long-term conditions.

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Social care for men with long term conditions: disability, masculinity and agency

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Hannah Morgan examines a study on social care for disabled men living with long term conditions and discovers the importance of agency, choice and control.

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Easter/Spring special: can pets help with long term conditions?

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For an Easter/Spring special, Sarah Carr looks at research into how pets can help people with long term conditions but how researchers may miss this in interviews.

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QVC or CQC? How people make choices about social care

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Martin Webber takes on a systematic review about choice and decision-making in health and social care by people with disabilities and long term conditions and, among other things, finds relevant evidence for personalisation and inspection.

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BME communities and self-management of long term conditions

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Clarissa Giebel considers a systematic review on user-led self-management of long term conditions for black and minority ethnic (BME) communities and weighs up what the findings mean for BME people living with chronic conditions in the UK.

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New telehealth toolkit for commissioners to support technology enabled care services

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Alison Turner blogs about a new telehealth toolkit from the NHS Commissioning Assembly, which provides a range of resources including checklists, case studies and links to the evidence base.

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“House of care” model can improve outcomes for long term conditions says new report

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A new report from the Kings Fund, Delivering better services for people with long-term conditions:  building the house of care, shares learning from the “house of care” model which was developed through the Year of Care programme and discussed in a recent workshop and series of interviews.  The “house of care” metaphor is used to [read the full story…]

“Decision-makers need to think differently about how to commission long-term condition services” says study

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The aim of this paper, written for commissioners, managers, and health decision-makers, was to look at how commissioning works for people with long-term conditions such as dementia. The authors carried out a multisite mixed methods case study research, involving three ‘commissioning communities’ and using interviews, documents, and meeting observations to reach their conclusions. A commissioning [read the full story…]

Challenges in implementing personal health budgets: lessons for commissioners

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A timely report from the Nuffield Trust details the background to the current policy on personal health budgets (due to become effective in April 2014) and some important learning for commissioners and policy makers.  From next year, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be required to offer personal health budgets to patients receiving continuing health care [read the full story…]