Melanie Henwood

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    Social care and the NHS: how to change the framework of joint working

Social care and the NHS: how to change the framework of joint working

The NHS and social care systems are turning 70, and for almost as long as they have existed, there have been attempts to join up the services and improve coordination. Despite multiple reorganisations, however, efforts have had limited success. Melanie Henwood explains what the conclusions and recommendations of new analysis by the Care Quality Commission tell us about operating […]

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    While the Carers Action Plan is welcome, it is not good enough in itself

While the Carers Action Plan is welcome, it is not good enough in itself

Two years after the government consulted on the next steps for a Carers Strategy, the Department of Health and Social Care has published its ‘Carers Action Plan’. Melanie Henwood explains that, although this provides some assurance to carers that they are on the government’s agenda, the action plan must be followed through with demonstrable objectives in the forthcoming green […]

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    Jeremy Hunt’s seven principles on adult social care reform: a new way forward or just rhetoric?

Jeremy Hunt’s seven principles on adult social care reform: a new way forward or just rhetoric?

On 20 March, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt finally made a speech identifying the principles that will inform the Green Paper on social care that is to be published later in 2018. Melanie Henwood considers what these principles reveal and reflects on their implications. Are there grounds for optimism, or is this just the […]

The UK’s problem with long-term care: short-term thinking

Long-term care regularly resurfaces as unfinished business, and with the announcement of another Green Paper by summer 2018, familiar arguments are once again being aired. Melanie Henwood examines the latest development and considers why this policy challenge remains so apparently intractable.

Long-term care is a policy chestnut which seems to resurface every couple of years, under UK governments of all […]

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    NHS Continuing Healthcare funding: anomalous, irregular, and often baffling

NHS Continuing Healthcare funding: anomalous, irregular, and often baffling

The boundary between health and social care continues to be a major issue, and is especially stark around long-term care and NHS continuing healthcare. Melanie Henwood explores the issues raised by a new report from the National Audit Office and highlights the major anomalies around fully funded care for some people, and means tested social care for others.

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    The Conservative manifesto and social care: policy-making on the hoof

The Conservative manifesto and social care: policy-making on the hoof

The Conservative Party manifesto plans for funding long-term care took most people by surprise. Melanie Henwood argues that the rapid unravelling of the proposals and the continued confusion raise fundamental questions both about the direction of policy and about the leadership of the Party.

One of the dangers in going for a snap election is that it catches everyone on […]

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    The lack of collective will in Europe regarding refugees is indefensible

The lack of collective will in Europe regarding refugees is indefensible

As the refugee crisis intensifies and pressure mounts for a pan-Europe strategy, Melanie Henwood examines the confused debate and argues that Britain must not stand by as a mere spectator to an unfolding tragedy.

The mass movement of people attempting to cross Europe in search of a safe haven and a better life is believed to be the largest such migration […]

September 4th, 2015|Melanie Henwood|5 Comments|

Long term care policy is kicked into the long grass again

The Government’s announcement it will delay by four years the introduction of a cap on people’s liability for costs of social care is just the latest in a long line of failures to resolve the challenge of paying for long term care. Melanie Henwood examines the issues and concludes that all bets are off for an early resolution of this […]