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Discussing homelessness at Hull City Council 
3 January 2020 

The Unit's work on homelessness and adult safeguarding and on hospital discharge arrangements for people with experiences of homelessness was the subject of a meeting today between Jill Manthorpe and Mark Kelk of Hull City Council. Mark has assisted the Unit in its recent work on Safeguarding Adults Reviews that cover circumstances where homelessness was a feature of the case. As operations manager of the Hull Safeguarding Adults Board, he is keen to help share the Unit's recommendations arising from its studies on homelessness services and is arranging time to discuss them with the local Making Every Adult Matter practice network.  

General practitioners' experiences of directly employed care workers for older people

3 January 2020

New in Health and Social Care in the Community from Jane Wilcock and colleagues, a qualitative study (interviewing 20 GPs in England about directly employed care workers - DECWs) found three overarching themes: (a) anxieties about the identity of the DECW, and their relationship to their employer; (b) experiences of relationship‐based care, and; (c) tasks carried out by DECWs. Jill Manthorpe and Jo Moriarty co-author:

Award from Nuffield Foundation

1 January 2020

Paul Freddolino (LSE) and John Woolham have recently been awarded ‘seedcorn’ funding from the Nuffield Foundation. It will enable them to convene an inter-disciplinary seminar of researchers and other stakeholders to explore if enabling technology can make social care for older people more cost effective.  There is a striking non-alignment of evidence with policy at the present time: nationally and locally, telecare is supported and promoted, though there is no reliable evidence that it is cost effective or improves outcomes. It is hoped that focused conversations within the seminar enable a ‘researchable’ question to be formulated, which will form the basis of a Nuffield Strategic Fund application. John Woolham recently led a major NIHR SSCR-funded project on telecare.

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