Guest articles

  1. ‘We pulled people together. Communicating between families and residents. Dancing! I worked 15-16 days in a row, 18 hours a day. My motivation? – it needed to be done.’

    18 March 2021

    Article by Tom Owen, Steph Thompson and the My Home Life England team | This is a typical response from the many managers that My Home Life England have been supporting over the past 12 months through our bespoke programmes. We have been providing a listening ear, allowing people time to be real and honest about what is working and what could be better. We have been offering a few tools and techniques to help people get through and to strengthen their teams. It is what we have always done and through the pandemic it has never seemed more needed. Click here to read more

  2. Every Day is Different

    18 March 2021

    Article by Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care at DHSC | Working in adult social care has been an enormous privilege and one of the highlights of my life. It is not always easy but helping others and being part of a care profession is rewarding in so many ways. Click here to read more

  3. Relational Care: some implications for care staff policy

    4 March 2021

    Article by Jenny Kartupelis MBE | Looking briefly at the implications of ‘relational care’ for policy and planning in a previous issue, I concluded that ‘Current UK policy presents two major challenges: silo working ….and assumptions about the value of people (older citizens and the caring workforce) and their place in society.’ That article addressed the former issue, and this one will consider a few salient points about the latter. Click here to read more

  4. Care for the Future

    17 February 2021

    Article by Simon Whalley, Chairman, Birtley House Group Ltd. In a world that has seen such an upheaval in the last year we need to look to the future and learn from the past, whilst still retaining a good perspective on the present. In a situation where our every day is dominated by the stress of just keeping going, we must find time to also plan for what we need to do when the pandemic is under control. Click here to read more

  5. Never Forget

    17 February 2021

    By Professor June Andrews, author, and broadcaster. In March 2020 when I was volunteering in a local NHS hospital, I was asked to deliver a consignment of surplus donated toiletries to a local authority care home. Without visitors, they were running out of essentials. Click here to read more

  6. Care and Commiment

    9 December 2020

    Article by David Pearson CBE, Chair - Social Care Sector, COVID-19 Support Task Force Coronavirus has affected everybody in many ways. No more so than in social care where people working in the sector have juggled responsibilities for families and friends with providing care and support for people who are most at risk from this very dangerous disease. Click here to read more

  7. Has the pandemic launched recruitment into tomorrow’s world?

    18 November 2020

    by Dave Beesley, Talent Director, Cohesion Recruitment. | The care sector in the UK has been right there on the frontline since March and continues to fight a courageous battle against Covid-19, as a second wave looms going into winter. Naturally this places even more pressure on recruitment, an age-old issue for the sector. Click here to read more

  8. ‘The Care Workers’ Charity: Covid Crisis and Response’

    18 November 2020

    Karolina Gerlich (Executive Director of The Care Workers’ Charity) on the pandemic’s devastating impact on the social care workforce, and how the charity is supporting our social care heroes through the crisis. Click here to read more

  9. Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on ethnic inequalities in health and social care – Have your say!

    15 November 2020

    By Tackling Inequalities and Discrimination Experiences in health services (TIDES) study team Click here to read more

  10. We’ll meet again…

    15 November 2020

    By Rachel Griffiths, Consultant in the Mental Capacity Act and Human Rights Law. | In spring, our lives overtaken by the pandemic, we all found our inner war time spirit in Vera Lynn songs, and comforted by knowing we were all in this together. We were appalled at the human costs of separating people from their relatives and friends. Amid PPE glitches and problems with testing we struggled, day by day, to get the balance right between safety – for those we serve, for our staff, for ourselves and our families – and enabling these human contacts and essential human rights that make life worth living. Click here to read more