What will the world look like this time next year?
No one knows. 2020 has brought us the conclusion to the ongoing, will they, won’t they saga that was Brexit, devastating storms and Covid-19. It’s been a challenging year to say the least and we have still to complete half of it and so looking to predict what the world will look like next year that is the real challenge.
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.
Adult Social Care
The cost of understanding the benefits that technology can bring
We all understand how beneficial technology is. The ability to buy nearly anything that we wish for at the touch of a button is no longer science fiction. It is science fact. We are living in an age where, in the average tube journey you can do your weekly shop, speak to your family and catch-up on work. This is no longer the future that was dreamed of, it is here. Technology is a great big pool of possibility in which the brave have invested and receive the benefits.
How Covid-19 has impacted adult social care budgets
Adult social care is underfunded. This is not news but the fact that Covid-19 has accelerated the problem and propelled it to a new level, where imminent failure is possible, is. According to the recent ADASS Budget Survey, The risk of already fragile care markets failing has significantly heightened as a result of the impacts of Covid-19.
Easing the Lockdown is about more than just opening doors
All across the world, we are counting down the minutes until life returns to normal. Will this ever happen? We don’t know and most likely, a new normal will emerge. What this will look like in a year or even two, we don’t know. What we know is that all of us desire a return to what we consider normality. From going to the pub to seeing relatives and stepping onto a plane, restrictions in life are frustrating.
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.