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Social care must get more funding in Autumn Statement to avert crisis

Wednesday 23rd Nov 2016

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has an opportunity today to prove that he, and indeed this government, cares about some of the UK’s most vulnerable people in our country.

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High profile autism employers are a start but we must do more

Monday 6th Jun 2016

Much has been made recently of a number of high-profile firms deliberately targeting people with autism in their recruitment campaigns.

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Why the Chancellor’s budget for ‘future generations’ fails today’s care sector

Thursday 17th Mar 2016

We waited…and waited…and waited…and then it ended, and without a single mention of the funding crisis that is crippling the social care sector, or any promise of additional funding.

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Why we all need to become excellent communicators

Tuesday 23rd Feb 2016

Supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society can be a truly humbling experience.

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Why 2016 will be the year that Swanton goes from good to outstanding

Tuesday 26th Jan 2016

I’m sure we would all agree that the quality of care and support we provide for our individual service users is what sets Swanton apart as a care provider.

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A Christmas Message from Alison

Wednesday 23rd Dec 2015

Well the big day is almost here and I'm sure all the preparations are well underway to make the most of the festive season. There are certainly a lot of great Christmas jumpers out there! As I write this I am on my way to Southfields and looking forward to joining their festive celebrations.

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The Spending Review missed the opportunity to fund greater integration

Friday 18th Dec 2015

Last month the Chancellor announced his plans to deliver extra funding for social care in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

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Swanton after the 2015 General Election

Friday 17th Jul 2015

In the months leading up to the 2015 General Election, it was widely expected another coalition government would be returned, most likely with a Labour Prime Minister.

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What next for the social care workforce?

Friday 17th Jul 2015

There are currently 1.6 million people working in the social care sector, combined with the 1.4 million workers in the NHS, and women currently comprise 82 per cent of the care workforce. Yet a recent joint study by Anchor and International Longevity Centre-UK concluded that women alone would not be capable of meeting the expected rise in workers needed to cope with the ageing population. Gaps in the current workforce have also been highlighted in the recent UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) report.

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Politics, participation and accessibility: the Learning Disabilities community and the general elect

Wednesday 20th May 2015

Despite an estimated 1.4 million people in the UK living with a Learning Disability and millions more acting as carers and providing support, when it comes to politics this community is both overlooked and underrepresented. With the General Election just around the corner, there has been little mention of Learning Disability issues in any manifesto produced by the major parties. Beyond the policy pledges and promises for the next parliament, specific barriers to engagement for members of the Swanton community may be located much closer to home: at the polling station. 

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Manchester’s devolution agenda – a roadmap for health and social care across the UK?

Wednesday 20th May 2015

In February, Greater Manchester and NHS England announced innovative plans to bring together their health and social care budgets. Greater Manchester has now begun its journey down this path of unchartered territory, taking control of its health budget this month.  So will this devolution improve social care on the ground?

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The independent sector – going beyond the numbers and focusing on patients

Wednesday 20th May 2015

A recent British Medical Journal (BMJ) report found that a third of NHS contracts awarded since the coming into force of the Health and Social Care Act in April of 2013 went to independent providers. Much was made of the figures secured by the BMJ through Freedom of Information requests. However, not enough was made of the underlying, substantive issue – what does this mean for quality of care and choice for patients and their loved ones? 

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