In this section we feature guest blogs from sector thought-leaders in mental health, child health, family medicine and developing medical practice.
Last year, the Labour Party invited Sir John Oldham to form the Independent Commission on Whole-Person Care, which was asked to make recommendations about how health and care services in England could be integrated within existing resources and without another reorganisation. So what is the direction set in his report? CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy looks at the implications
Safeguarding lessons from the Savile report
Care leavers – who cares?
There is a long and proud tradition of specialist organisations that have championed the interests of care leavers, and there have been some improvements in the support arrangements available for them. But they remain an often neglected and highly vulnerable group. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy considers whether reports from right-of-centre – and influential – think tank, the Centre for Social Justice, will succeed in pushing care leavers higher up the policy agenda.
Where now for social work education?
Sir Martin Narey’s recent report for the Education Secretary put forward radical proposals for the reform of the education of children’s social workers and suggested there is too much variability in the quality of social work education. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy asks just where is social work in England heading?
The Philpott Case
Women’s experiences of maternity care
An important new serious case review
Care and health integration
Two of the publications featured on our sister site CareKnowledge this week looked at the subject of integration. Here, CK editor Jim Kennedy reflects on where the integration agenda is going, North and South of the border, and on some of its less fully obvious – and possibly more problematic aspects – including its effect on children’s services.
Learning from Children’s Serious Case Reviews
Earlier this week, Carol Long from the NSPCC argued that critics of Serious Case Reviews are missing the point and that they are a valuable learning tool. In response, CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy asks if we understand enough about the real barriers to learning and practice development in safeguarding…
Child sexual exploitation – the necessary debate
This week, the Children’s Commissioner published her final report on her Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups. The report generated a good deal of media interest, but I thought the press focus missed a number of important issues that need much more extensive debate, says CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy