Guest articles and blogs

  1. Reflections on health and social care

    12 May 2022

    Article by Rachel Barber, Managing Director, Living 4 Moments Ltd I had a perfect Easter break in Brussels, seeing my family. We enjoyed exploring Brussels’ fine art nouveau buildings, art galleries, Bois de la Cambre and exquisite chocolate shops. The city was alive with spring and busy with people in the arcades, streets and squares. It was good to see and hear the vibrancy. It was a nice change after being denied the opportunities so many times due to travel restrictions etc. Click here to read more

  2. The therapeutic benefits of birdwatching for the care sector

    24 March 2022

    Wildlife expert Sean McMenemy encourages the care sector to embrace the wellbeing benefits of birdwatching and gives his top tips for adapting the activity for different accessibility needs. Click here to read more

  3. LGBT+ History Month: embrace diversity

    24 March 2022

    Article by Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, DHSC | The journey from adversity to equality. Inclusion, acceptance and respect are all essential qualities in the world of social care, as much for those who provide services as they are for those who receive them. LGBT+ History Month is, therefore, the perfect opportunity to celebrate diversity across our sector. Click here to read more

  4. Legal preparations people in care need to make to plan for the future

    9 February 2022

    Article by Michael Culver, founder and managing director of Culver Law Discussing death and incapacity, can be very difficult. But avoiding talking about these tricky topics can make things even more challenging down the line. You can really help those in your care, as well as their loved ones, by checking in to discuss the legal preparations they might need to make, so everything is in order if they're no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Here are a few key points that people in care, and their relatives, need to be aware of. Click here to read more

  5. Personal and integrated empowerment is the way forward, says NICE

    9 February 2022

    NICE published an impact report in November 2021 on how its guidance is used to improve the health and care of people with a learning disability. An easy read version of the report has also been published. In this article, we summarise some of the key messages from the report. Click here to read more

  6. The Arts, Culture and Wellbeing

    9 June 2021

    Article by Alex Coulter, Director of the National Centre for Creative Health, Victoria Hume, Executive Director of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance The wellbeing of those living and working in care settings couldn’t be more critical at this time. As the pandemic recedes, the lasting impact on mental health, a different kind of long COVID, is the focus of much discussion and concern. Click here to read more

  7. Wellbeing

    9 June 2021

    Article by Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE, Interim Chief Nurse for Social Care, DHSC The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most challenging periods in our history. Care and health professionals alike have endured unabated pressure, exemplified by long shifts, concerns around resources and the deeply emotional loss of colleagues and those they care for. Click here to read more

  8. ‘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

  9. 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

  10. 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