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Inspection matters

Inspection as a way to support improvement in health and social care has been taking a bit of a battering. John Burton writing in the Guardian Social Care Network claimed “After 50 years in the sector, I know the CQC rarely improves social care.” It was also reported that the Danish government were...

Friends, humanity and co-production

Friends, humanity and co-production. My three key themes from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) spring seminar. Perhaps surprising given that the focus was on austerity and the social care response. But amongst the facts and figures of rising demand, decreasing resources...

Election time

The election campaign is well underway with only 24 days left until 7 May. As you would expect there has been a lot of discussion about the NHS. Social care has been a feature but not quite so prominently. I've heard various politicians say before that social care doesn't feature as much...

Hiking and Market Oversight

The four day weekend was a perfect opportunity for me to escape London for the Lake District. Blessed with fine weather (once the fog lifted) we took to the hills hiking up Cat Bells on Saturday and then round Buttermere and over the Haystacks on Sunday. With some lovely meals, a great performance...

Housing – it's personal

Last week I was honoured to speak at the first open meeting of the National Housing Federation's Housing and Health group. In the clamour for joint working between health and social care we often forget the vital role of housing. It's one of the reasons I prefer a focus on person-centred...

Preparing for April

I celebrated my birthday at the weekend. As The Guardian's birthday page has been telling people for a few years, there's no point pretending – so before you ask, I was 51. March is a busy month for birthdays in my family – my Mum, my aunt, me, my brother (born on my third birthday) and...

What do Chief Inspectors get up to?

I haven't done a 'week in the life of' for a while, so in the interests of openness and transparency I thought last week might be a good one to run through. Monday As I've mentioned before, my week starts with our coordination meeting at 8.30am on Monday morning with my fellow...

Joining the dots

A night to remember On Friday evening I joined nearly a thousand people in the Grand Opera House, York, for A Night To Remember – and it truly was. A celebration of music and song to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society and raise awareness of dementia. Organised by Big Ian (Ian Donaghy of...

Dementia focus

Dementia has been dominating my thoughts lately – as I know it does for so many people using adult social care services or working in the sector. Usually this is our secret and not widely talked about. But I think that is slowly changing as the profile of dementia is becoming more prominent. The...

Social Care Oscars

It was the Oscars on Sunday- always a slightly surreal event for those of us on this side of the pond.  We go to bed just as the first frocks and tuxedo's step onto the red carpet, wake up when all the drama is done and dusted and then are treated to TV footage of parties and celebrity gossip...

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