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Boosting independence for 100,000 people by eradicating unnecessary demand in social care.

Guest blogpost: ‘Trust is the basis from which people make the leap of faith from the old to the new’

This is a guest blogpost written by Rob Mitchell, Adult Principle Social Worker, Bradford Council. Like many local authorities, Bradford is going through a period of change. We are listening more carefully to people who invite social care into their lives, and focusing more on enabling them to live life how they choose to live it. I reflect on the challenges involved.

April 9, 2019

Why I was nervous about ‘Which councils are best at adult social care?’

Our top ten councils for adult social care analysis was the cover story of the MJ five weeks ago, and despite being somewhat nervous beforehand, I've been really pleased with the response.

April 2, 2019

3 Key lessons about relationships in social work

Social workers play a vital role in achieving better outcomes for individuals and on World Social Work Day we have an extra reason to celebrate social work. I have been working with social workers in one local authority and have taken away some key lessons about relationships in social work.

March 19, 2019

A plea to councils: put behaviour change at the heart of transformation

I joined the LGA’s ‘Behaviour Change’ conference this week. I was there to share our impact in Ealing through the Better Lives programme, and in particular how applied behavioural science has led to a massive 39% reduction in referrals from the front door to adult social care teams.

March 14, 2019

“Could we just turn this all on its head?”

IMPOWER recently held its fourth Shared Learning Event for adult social care professionals. We've summarised their experiences of managing demand at the adult social care front door.

March 6, 2019

Which councils are best at social care?

IMPOWER's latest Top 10 productivity list has been featured as the cover story in today's MJ

February 28, 2019

Tick tock, tick tock…… the Younger Adults financial time bomb

Many councils have focused attention on the Older People cohort to help address their financial challenges. Councils are now realising that they cannot continue to sidestep the financial pressure coming from the Younger Adults cohort.

February 28, 2019

Social care workforce in the headlines = GOOD, politicians hiding behind Brexit = BAD

What social care really needs from politicians is not a Brexit response, but that they tear themselves away from Brexit long enough to tackle the bigger questions.

February 15, 2019

Guest blogpost: “When I was told a consultancy firm was helping, my first reaction was a sinking feeling”

Kim Carey, Interim Director of Adult Services at Ealing Borough Council until recently, reflects on working with IMPOWER.

February 13, 2019

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