How different would life have been if Covid-19 happened twenty years ago?
The year 2000 doesn’t seem that long ago, but when you think back isn’t it amazing just how much life has changed in the last 20 years? What would the pandemic have been like 20 years ago?
The changing face of social care
Social care is a frontline service that when researched, can trace its origins back hundreds of years. These go back to reforms designed to make life easier for those in the poorer parts of society. In its modern incarnation, it can trace its origins back to after the second world war, the 1948 National Assistance Act and the birth of the welfare state.
Fast forward more than 70 years...
Sharing best practice
Less than six months ago it would have been unthinkable. With ongoing pleas that proper attention be paid to the worsening social care crisis being left, unanswered, who could have imagined the new Thursday night ritual? Who would have predicted that more than half the nation would embrace a weekly celebration to thank key workers, including all of those providing social care, for the essential work they do on a daily basis?
Transforming SEND services across Westminster City Council
Technology is a key enabler of change but without an equivalent transformation, when it comes to service redevelopment, you can fall flat. This is something that Westminster City Council can proudly say, has not happened. A recent Ofsted report has provided glowing reviews of a service that has been carefully crafted to put children and young people first.
Education, Health and Care Plans in 2020
Earlier this month, the Department for Education published its annual snapshot of statistics about Education, Health and Care Plans in England. These are primarily based on information collected in 2019, as the data was collected at the start of the year. They, therefore, paint a pre-Covid-19 picture as to the state of Education Health and Care Plans in England.
How is SEND fairing in a pre-Brexit, post-New Year world?
2020, the year of Brexit, additional funding for the NHS, the continuation of the reign of Boris Johnson and the chance to make a change. How far you cast the net of change will depend on the political goals of the Conservative party. Whilst we hope that the needs of those who need care will be prioritised, we wonder how far this will be extended. With delays leading into the years for those seeking assistance for their children, we look into the government published report on the state of SEND.
Free software, ECLIPSE Lite, launched in the light of Covid-19 to co-ordinate Community Hubs across the country
OLM has launched ECLIPSE Lite, a bespoke software solution, available free of charge to local authorities. It is designed specifically to coordinate the responses of each Community Hub across the United Kingdom, to ensure that multiple organisations can effectively coordinate their approaches to the current pandemic.
Supporting our customers
Covid-19 is here and it is putting a huge strain on the health and social care system, in not only the United Kingdom but the world is a whole. It is an unprecedented situation and one in which we, as a collective applaud those on the frontline and pray for a swift end to the number of infections. We are in a battle and one in which we rely on each other to keep services going to support health and social care staff on the frontline.