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Deeds not Words: Are People Really at the ‘Heart of Care’?

Following the publication of the highly anticipated Adult Social Care White Paper, Phil Hope, former Care Minister, assesses the plans announced and identifies what more needs to be done to improve the sector. Read Phil's thoughts in Deeds not Words. For more information, please contact GK's Head of Health, Joe Cormack on joecormack@gkstrategy.com

“Slow, inconsistent and negligent” – but can social care be Boris Johnson’s legacy?

By GK Account Manager and social care policy expert, Jack Sansum For successive leaders and political parties social care has been politically toxic. From Labour’s 2010 “death tax” to the Tories 2017 “dementia tax”, during the past 22 years, the question of how to improve social care has been explored in 12 “white” or “green” papers or major government consultations, four independent reviews or commissions and numerous parliamentary inquiries. Indeed, it is now...

What does 2019 have in store for health and social care?

*Disclaimer, Brexit is only mentioned twice in this blog!   One of the reasons I enjoy working in health and social care policy so much – beyond the obvious gratification you get from knowing you are working in a sector that is literally saving lives – is that it is fast paced and always changing. These changes can be small and come in the shape of new technologies or treatments, or they can be more fundamental and far reaching, like a new funding settlement...

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GK Strategy 17th Jan, 2019 Strategy
Brexit , Health , Social Care
4 min read

Establishing best practice is the key to NHS adoption

Next week, we expect a series of announcements about the NHS that will shape the future of healthcare. The NHS Long Term Plan will lay the blueprint for the future of NHS. It will also detail spending plans for the extra £20.5bn government investment in the over the next five years. Once the plan is released and implementation planning begins, it will be a key time to engage. Meanwhile, the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has outlined his top priorities as prevention,...

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GK Strategy 4th Jan, 2019 Strategy
Health , NHS , Social Care
4 min read

The social care green paper is coming – but so is Christmas

A full year has passed since the Government announced its intention to set out plans to reform care and support in a social care green paper. Since then the paper has bounced across two departments, three secretaries of state and various remits (at first it covered only older people, before expanding to working age adults). The line from government is that the paper is still due out in 2018. Rumours are that the Department of Health and Social Care is currently circulating it amongst other...

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Emma Petela 6th Dec, 2018 Insight , Strategy
Health , Social Care
2 min read