Author: Stephen Flanagan

Coveted Six Star Reviews for West Coast Care Services

A leading housing and care provider has received glowing praise from the Care Inspectorate after gaining five and six star reviews for its West Coast services. Blackwood’s Care Home and Care at Home/Housing Support services across North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and West Dumbartonshire received an overall five star review – a testament to the quality of customer care it provides for those living with disabilities. The Inspection Report for Blackwood’s Care Support Services West reported five star grades in the “care and support” and “quality of staffing” categories. Customers, in particular, reported high levels of...

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Crisis in the learning disability sector

Royal Mencap Society chair disappointed that government not even able to indicate when a decision on sleep in funding would be made.  Following a meeting with junior ministers from the BEIS and DH, Margot James and Jackie Doyle Price yesterday, the chairman of Royal Mencap Society (Mencap) expressed his disappointment that Government wasn’t able to indicate when a decision on this critical issue1 would be taken. The Learning Disability Sector was represented by senior leaders from United Response, Voyage Care, Hft and Mencap. They emphasised throughout the hour-long meeting2 that a serious crisis in the learning disability sector, with the risk of insolvencies and...

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UCL and Contact a Family launch trial into reducing challenging behaviour

Disability charity Contact a Family and University College London (UCL) have joined forces to launch a national clinical trial – the first of its kind in the UK – that aims to reduce behaviour that challenges in very young children with learning disabilities. The intervention, which has shown positive outcomes outside the UK, aims to increase parents’ confidence and skills so they can manage their child’s behaviour effectively. It will be carried out by a research team led by chief investigator, Professor Angela Hassiotis (UCL Psychiatry), and is the first UK trial specifically addressing behaviour that challenges in pre-school children who are often...

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The National Autistic Society respond to today’s mental health CQC report

The National Autistic Society respond to today’s CQC report regarding the state of specialist mental health services in England, Tim Nicholls, Policy Manager at the National Autistic Society, said: ”The National Autistic Society welcomes this report, which reflects many of our concerns about the number of autistic people in inpatient mental health hospitals in England. “Latest NHS figures show that, despite NHS England’s Transforming Care programme, the number of autistic people in mental health hospitals is actually increasing. And, worryingly, the CQC have identified that in too many cases people’s care plans don’t include any discharge planning at all. This should...

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Junior Occupational Therapist

OT for Kids Location : Manchester ENG GB BSc Occupational Therapy. The role will involve providing Occupational Therapy groups to children in primary and secondary schools across Manchester, working… More >> jobs by Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new...

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