16. March 2012 14:38
The Housing and Dementia Research Consortium (HDRC)
The Housing and Dementia Research Consortium (HDRC) is a membership group that has come together to achieve timely, high quality research focused on ‘what works’ in order to directly influence policy and practice in relation to housing with care for people with dementia. It was set up in 2008 in order to develop robust evidence on dementia care in a Housing with Care (HWC) setting and now has a membership of over 90 individuals and organisations. Members comprise providers and commissioners of housing with care and an array of other interested parties including academics, architects, advisors, researchers, policy makers and third sector organisations. The core members are five well-established providers of HWC: Housing21, Anchor, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, Hanover, MHA. Between them, they represent the five biggest providers of HWC for older people in the UK.
Aims of the HDRC:
To shape the agenda of research into HWC to ensure its relevance and usefulness to housing providers and people with dementia;
To work together to have greater weight when applying for research funding;
To deliver more ambitious large-scale, multi-provider research;
To share findings from in-house research and evaluations.
The HDRC has developed a list of key research questions that are priorities for the consortium. The research coordinator, together with other members of the HDRC and external partners, is actively developing research proposals and seeking funding. She has also conducted a small in-house study of provision for people with dementia within HWC schemes from among the core members that will help inform future research development.
The HDRC website can be found at: http://housingdementiaresearch.wordpress.com/
If you would like further information or would like to join the HDRC, please contact the Research Coordinator, Dr Julie Barrett: firstname.lastname@example.org; 0300 790 1122
14. September 2011 03:56
The Care Quality Commission has published the results of its 2011 survey of people who use community mental health services
Key findings include
“The vast majority of participants said:
•that they were listened to carefully, treated with respect and dignity and that they had trust and confidence in the health or social care worker they had seen most recently.
•that they could contact their care co-ordinator if they had a problem, and that their care was well organised.
•they had an out-of-office contact number they could call for emergencies.
The results showed that people needed to be more involved in some aspects of the provision of their care.
•Around a quarter of those who were prescribed new medication said that they were not told about the possible side effects.
•There remains a proportion of respondents who said that they did not know who their care co-ordinator or lead professional is.
•A tenth of those with a care plan said that they did not understand it. ”
Cynthia Bower, CQC chief executive commented on the survey:
“The new cross-government strategy for mental health outcomes, “No Health Without Mental Health”, was launched in February. One of its overall aims is to improve outcomes for people through high-quality services that are accessible to all.
“The results of the community mental health survey this year and in the future have been identified in the strategy as one of the key sources of information to assess progress in improving people’s experience of care and support.
“I think it’s fair to say that those who took part in this year’s survey were positive about some aspects of the services they received but many found that some of their needs were not fully met.
“I know we are entering a period when resources may be stretched even further than they have been before. But I urge all those who provide community mental health services to strive to maintain, and where possible raise, the levels of care. I also call on commissioners of services to study the survey results and use the levers that are available to them to improve outcomes for people who use these services.”
More information is available on the Commission’s website
12. August 2011 09:26
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has launched a new initiative “Acting Together” that will allow the commission to call on people who use health and care services to advise on and contribute to its work. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of all health and adult social care in England. “Acting Together” will allow people who use health and social care services to be involved in the Commission’s inspections and in visits to monitor the use of the Mental Health Act.
More information is available from CQC’s website:http://www.cqc.org.uk//newsandevents/pressreleases.cfm?cit_id=37489&FAArea1=customWidgets.content_view_1&usecache=false
28. July 2011 08:28
The Department for Works and Pensions is consulting on proposals to change the way Housing Benefit assists those living in supported housing (including sheltered housing) within the social and voluntary sector. Further information is available on the department’s website;
27. June 2011 12:51
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is conducting research into how well the home based care and support system in England protects the rights of people over 65. The full report will be published in November 2011 however the Commission has published emerging findings which highlight many cases of inadequate care. Problems that have been brought to the Commission’s attention include:
• Inadequate time to deliver care
• Lack of control over timing of care visits
• Failure to deliver adequate homecare
• Lack of staff awareness and training
• High staff turnover
• Lack of complaints and low expectations
Baroness Greengross, a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission said
"Many older people up and down the country receive good quality care from committed, respectful care workers. But our evidence suggests that in some places care workers are faced with too much to do, in too little time, sometimes without proper training. This is causing standards to slip and is placing older people's human rights to privacy, autonomy and dignity at risk, sometimes in very serious ways.'
Source ECHR press release 20th June : http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/news/2011/june/inquiry-reveals-failure-to-protect-the-rights-of-older-people-receiving-care-at-home/
7. June 2011 08:26
The audit commission has published a report on improving value for money in social care. They found that councils have looked at many ways to provide better and more efficient services. These include: better procurement, improved back office arrangements and providing community based rather than residential care where possible. However the commission concluded that the speed and scale of change must increase if councils want to lower the costs of services as well as improve care for people. The report is available on the commission’s website.
23. May 2011 05:29
The Law Commission has published its recommendations for reviewing social care law. One of their recommendations is that the government should introduce a single statute and code of practice to consolidate and simplify the existing law. The full report is available at:
13. May 2011 13:53
Marion Talbot cared for her parents from 1995, when her father had a stroke, until 2009 when her mother who had Alzheimer’s, passed away. Marion told the story of the three years her mother lived with her in a blog for Saga On Line. She has now written a book “Keeping Mum – caring for someone with Dementia” based on her experiences of living with her mum which includes practical advice and guidance on caring for someone with dementia and details of useful organisations. Further information about the book, including how to purchase it, is available on the website
17. April 2011 13:04
Hastoe Housing Association and the Home Group are running a pilot scheme giving their tenants greater control of the repairs and maintenance budgets for their own homes. Tenants will also be able to pool their resources, creating a 'Community Cashback' account which could help fund improvements to the local area for the benefit of all residents. The government plans to consult on changes to regulations to enable the scheme to be extended to all social tenants
Community and Local Government Press release
8. April 2011 15:19
The NHS are introducing measures to help staff and patients have more control of their services.
• The Right to Provide scheme will enable staff working in NHS and care services where it is “clinically appropriate” to set up as independent organisations to run the services they deliver. An example of where this would not be clinically appropriate is Accident and Emergency.
• At least £10 million additional funding is being given to the Social Enterprise Investment Fund to give staff the financial support necessary to do this.
Source Department of Health press release