All posts by Caroline Charrington

Work and Pensions report and QSA response

From Heather Kennedy at Fair Funerals – see the link below. They have included lots of the recommendations which members of the Alliance highlighted as really important to tackling funeral poverty, including increasing Funeral Payments in line with actual costs for a basic funeral and introducing an eligibility checker.


Virtual communities of practice: A tool to increase palliative care engagement‏

Dr James Jap is Clinical Director and Palliative Care Physician at Totara Hospice South Auckland, Manurewa, New Zealand and is one of the co-founders of the palliative care virtual community of practice, Palliverse.

Here, he explains the background to Team Palliverse’s  longer article published in the March/April 2016 issue of the European Journal of Palliative Care


Changing the culture of social work – new report from TLAP

TLAP, along with partners Skills for Care and Shared Lives Plus have released a new report that argues that the sector needs to reclaim social work so that it is community -focused and not constrained within a mechanistic case management approach.

The report shows that social workers need to be supported to change their working culture to focus on wellbeing, early intervention and prevention. This support must occur if social workers are to improve lives of people in adult social care and deliver sector efficiencies.

Lynda Tarpey, TLAP Director said of the report: “Adult social care specifically, and councils generally, are under enormous pressure from multiple directions, not least ongoing austerity, integration, devolution, the introduction of the Care Act, concerns about sustainability of providers, the sustainability of the health-care system more widely, as well as increasing expectations of people who use services.”

Think Local Act Personal are holding a national event in partnership with the National Development Team for Inclusion (NTDi) and Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) to address the barriers to personalised services that still exist for people with mental ill-health.

The event will take place on 19th May at Birmingham City Football Club.

Full details of the course are available online, and an agenda will be circulated in late March/early April.