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Stabilising the NHS – it’s going to take a lot more than AI  

A general election is coming, and Labour is likely to win. At its January meeting, the Highland Marketing advisory board discussed what should be on shadow health and social care secretary Wes Streeting’s agenda for health, care and technology.   

A general election must be held before the end of January next year, and most

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Want to improve NHS productivity? Start by addressing its legacy IT

The state of NHS infrastructure and legacy systems has started to attract attention from organisations worried about falling productivity. The Highland Marketing advisory board asked what it will take to fix the issues, against a backdrop of more funding being diverted from digital to “the frontline.”  

The NHS is heading for a significant financial

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Tough times for councils mean shared services must be the way forward

The stark economic challenges being faced by the UK public sector and local councils especially have been impossible to ignore recently. The sheer scale of the issue is becoming clearer over time with the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA) indicating

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Care leaver programme secures key funding from Matrix

Matrix funds new course helping young people transition out of childcare

Market-leading workforce technology and services platform Matrix is providing funding for a new adult education course aimed at helping young people successfully transition out of the childcare system. Certified as City and Guilds Level 5, the Young Adults Skills Development Care Leavers’ Programme has

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Pay rates on the rise amid social care worker exodus, finds Matrix data

Julian Panter

The number of active social care work placements have reached an all-time high, with average pay rates on the rise in an effort from businesses and councils to attract more candidates into vital roles, according to data from market-leading workforce technology and services platform Matrix.

Despite the rising need for

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Increasing children in care – the causes, the problems, and the solution

Danny Wilson, head of children’s residential at Bedspace

By Danny Wilson, head of children’s residential at Bedspace

Before the pandemic, Local Authorities in England were already under significant pressure, as budget cuts made the increasing number of children being put into care difficult to manage. Following nearly two years of Covid restrictions and

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National Care Forum and Institute of Health and Social Care Management announce partnership to provide an exciting member benefit

The National Care Forum (NCF) has created a new partnership with The Institute of Health and Social Care Management (IHSCM) for the benefit of its members.

Members of the NCF will be able to enjoy the full membership offer from the IHSCM which includes:

A full programme of events and support for conferences Accredited short

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West Midland’s councils join forces with partners to secure positive futures for vulnerable children in care

Finding resilient fostering families for some of the most vulnerable children in care in the West Midlands is the focus of a new venture – ‘The Big Fostering Partnership’ – formed by local councils, including Staffordshire County Council and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, the National Fostering Group and Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm

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New ‘home’ created for UK’s social care professionals

An organisation that has represented healthcare managers for more than a century formally becomes the Institute of Health and Social Care Management to give a voice to leaders and managers working throughout both health and social care.

An institute that has represented healthcare managers for nearly 120 years has today announced its new identity

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