Category social care

I Need a Dollar

Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer set out his spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review. Key announcements included: Central government funding of local government will fall from £11 billion in 2015/16 to £5.4 billion in 2019/20. To compensate, locally raised funding (primarily through Council Tax and Business Rates) is expected […]

AGAINST ALL ODDS

When 50% of Adult Social Care Directors suggest current delivery models will lead to service shortages and financial difficulty, then the sector is clearly ripe for change. Couple this with the fact that the population aged 85 or above is set to double over the next 20 years, and the scale of the challenge is […]

MEETING PEOPLE IS EASY

At BDO we know that user involvement is a key part of any commissioning process or service redesign.  Nonetheless I recently had a unique experience working with patients as part of a review of an integrated care programme.  This engagement was particularly challenging as many of the patients were frail, elderly or had complex health […]

You get what you pay for

The Chief Executive of Big Society Capital, Nick O’Donohoe, has called on local authorities to boost their use of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) to fund their services in the face of shrinking public funding. At BDO we’re fascinated by the potential of social investment to transform local services, which we highlighted in our 2011 report. […]

Story of success

This morning was the ninth workshop in the Whitehall and Industry Group’s Innovation in Delivery series, and the topic of discussion was ‘The Ingredients of Effective Commissioning’. I’ve been to several events on a similar theme over the last 18 months or so, but this one stood out for the quality of speakers, the real […]

DOCTOR FEELGOOD

We’re approaching the six month milestone of Public Health officially moving back to Local Government and the launch of Health and Wellbeing Boards. Here at BDO, we’re lucky enough to have a fantastic Healthcare Advisory practice which sits alongside our Local Government team and together we have been exploring the impact of the changes to […]

Health and Happiness

While on my commute home recently, I was fascinated to learn of a new social movement on the rise: the Quantified Self (QS). Originally from California, it’s also known as ‘life-logging’ – a trend where individuals collect and analyse data about their physical or mental state using mobile technology. In contrast to those who worry […]

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