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Roadmap to Normality?

With the good news that there is now a plan in place for ending lockdown restrictions, what changes can those with relatives in care homes expect?

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Bed Blocking: Can Discharge to Assess Help?

The problem of bed blocking- patients being medically fit for discharge but unable to return home for non-medical reasons- is not new.

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An Interview with Charlotte Williams

In our latest blog we interview Charlotte Williams, Director of Strategy in the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

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The CQC: How It Works

In a previous post, we introduced the CQC, one of the country’s most important, but anonymous, organisations. We explained how this “Ofsted, but for health and social care” regulated these services in England and that despite its importance, few people were familiar with the CQC’s work.

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New Year, New Funding for Social Care's Covid Response

Following on from the much publicised rapid testing trial in care homes to allow visits to continue, the Government has announced a further £149m starting at the end of January to further support this scheme and to allow staff to be tested.

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A Minute With... Gary Clinton (Age UK Essex)

In the first of a new series, we introduce some our collaborators who are supporting CareCompare’s mission to enable anyone to quickly find the care they need.

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The Motability Scheme: Empowering Disabled People

You may not know about the Motability Scheme: the 43-year-old initiative that empowers disabled people by enabling them, their families and their carers to lease a brand new car (or other vehicle) using their disability benefit.

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The Vaccine: What You Need To Know about BNT162b2

With the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine being rolled out this week, we take a look at some of the key questions about how it works and the vaccination program

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The Story of A Queen, Dementia and IKEA

We continue our series looking at innovations in dementia care with the story of Queen Silvia of Sweden, who joined forces with the home-furnishing giant IKEA to design dementia-friendly, prefab homes that could soon appear in the UK