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Daily roundup: Care proceedings, teacher training, and physical education - Wed, 23 Apr 2014


Young person in court

Social workers to get help understanding care proceedings legislation; teacher training on SEN insufficient; and most pupils "not bothered" by loss of competitive school sport, all in the news today.

Government early years policy undermines child wellbeing, experts warn - Wed, 23 Apr 2014


Healthy Early Years

The wellbeing of young children could be compromised if the government continues to advocate “developmentally inappropriate practice”, a group of early years experts has warned.

Brinsford YOI slammed for 'squalid' conditions - Wed, 23 Apr 2014


cell door and lock

Campaigners are demanding the closure of a young offender institution near Wolverhampton after conditions were labelled as the worst seen by inspectors.

Fall in crisis loans 'raises youth homelessness risk' - Wed, 23 Apr 2014



The number of crisis loans and grants given by local authorities to young people has dropped eight-fold since a new funding support system was introduced last year, analysis shows.

Thousands of adopted children miss out on education support, charity warns - Tue, 22 Apr 2014


children in a school classroom

Adopted children as young as nine are missing out on additional support in school, due to an “arbitrary” government-imposed cut-off point, a charity has said.

Teachers' leader attacks government focus on early years testing - Tue, 22 Apr 2014



An increasing focus on formal learning and assessment within the early years is putting “undue pressure” on young children, Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), has warned.

Council considers closing all children's centres - Thu, 17 Apr 2014


Early years

Central Bedfordshire Council is considering radical plans to close all of the region’s children’s centres just two years after overhauling provision, CYP Now can reveal.

Government unveils plans to outsource child protection - Thu, 17 Apr 2014



Councils will be handed powers to outsource a whole range of children’s social care services including child protection under proposals announced by the government.

Exclusive: Specialised commissioning overspend tops £450m - Thu, 24 Apr 2014
NHS England was set to blow its budget for specialised services by at least £450m in 2013-14, largely due to “predictable” overspends at acute hospitals.

Exclusive: Better care fund checks prioritise dementia and falls - Wed, 23 Apr 2014
Many NHS and council leaders will assess the effectiveness of the government’s £3.8bn plan to integrate health and social care with performance measures on dementia, falls and long-term conditions.

HSJ bids to identify top 50 service integrators - Wed, 23 Apr 2014
LGC and sister title Health Service Journal unveil healthcare project

Millions to be spent training lowest paid staff - Thu, 24 Apr 2014
Millions of pounds could be invested in the training and development of lower paid NHS staff to help them progress into nursing and other professional roles, HSJ has learned.

Independent sector profits from lack of NHS secure beds - Thu, 24 Apr 2014
A lack of secure inpatient NHS beds has driven a £21m overspend in NHS England’s budget for independent sector mental health providers. HSJ analysis reveals the organisation overspent £21m on independent mental health providers, 5 per cent more than its planned spending on this sector.

NHS England steps up work on pooling budgets - Wed, 23 Apr 2014
NHS England has begun detailed work on how to pool its primary care budgets with other commissioners, one of its senior leaders has revealed.

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Four out of five hospitals short on midwives, NHS figures reveal - Thu, 24 Apr 2014
Shortages are so acute in some parts of England that hospitals have almost one in five posts in their maternity units unfilled

Four out of five hospitals have too few midwives, despite the ongoing baby boom, official NHS figures reveal.

Midwife shortages are so acute in some parts of England that hospitals have almost one in five posts in their maternity units unfilled, according to responses to freedom of information requests.

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Number of overdue smear tests climbs 11%, figures show - Thu, 24 Apr 2014
Some 3.7 million women late with check-ups in 201213, a rise of 364,000 compared to 2009-10

New figures reveal an 11% rise in the number of women whose smear test is overdue. Around 3.7 million were late with their check-ups in 2012-13 364,000 more than in 2009-10. The biggest increases were among working-age women, data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre shows.

More than a million women in their 30s were overdue, up 11%, while for those in their 40s the rise was 15%, to 925,000, and for those in their 50s it was 16%, to 620,000.

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Numbers of elderly needing care will soon outstrip relatives able to help - Wed, 23 Apr 2014
IPPR thinktank estimates 2 million aged over 65 in UK will lack informal care from adult offspring by 2030

The scale of the gathering social care crisis has been underlined by new figures showing the number of older people is expected to outstrip the number of family members able to provide informal care for them for the first time in 2017.

Within four years, it is predicted, 800,000 people may be in need of care, including 20,000 with no family to care for them, according to a report by the centre-left thinktank the IPPR.

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Nick Clegg's wife hails 'cojones' of men who do childcare - Wed, 23 Apr 2014
Miriam González Durántez interrupts talk on male parenting to urge change in attitudes towards masculinity and caring

Miriam Gonzlez Durntez on Wednesday interrupted a speech by her husband Nick to speak out in favour of fathers who look after their children, saying they have "more cojones".

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New and better drugs for MDR-TB on the horizon - Wed, 23 Apr 2014
A phase III trial of a novel combination of drugs for tuberculosis, including some drug-resistant strains, will launch within the year, the TB Alliance announced

A big new trial of a novel drug combination that could dramatically shorten treatment for tuberculosis, including some of the drug-resistant strains, will start within the year - as long as enough money can be raised.

The announcement that the phase III trial called STAND (Shortening Treatments by Advancing Novel Drugs) is to go ahead in 10 countries will be enthusiastically welcomed by campaigners and clinicians. TB kills 1.4 million people a year. The old drugs - half a century old, in fact - are no longer adequate. The standard treatment is a course of antibiotics lasting for six months. With the best will in the world, it is not surprising if some people fail to complete it. Drug resistance is an ever-growing and ever more scary issue. To add to multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), we now have extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). Some of the antibiotics needed to treat resistant strains are very expensive and unavailable in the developing world. Even in countries that have them, the treatment can take the best part of two years.

So if the global and growing TB epidemic is to be contained, let alone turned around, novel drugs are vital. The new trial was announced by the TB Alliance and will be carried out by partners around the world. It has a completely new approach. We know TB has to be treated with a cocktail of drugs, to prevent resistance developing. But instead of trialling one drug at a time against TB, STAND will test three in combination.

We thank all our supporters to date, as without their investment, the highly promising PaMZ regimen would not have reached this critical stage. We need new and expanded commitments for the STAND trial, however, if we are to realise the significant potential of this treatment to save millions of lives.

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Terminally ill teenager Stephen Sutton reaches £1m target for charity - Wed, 23 Apr 2014
19-year-old, who had bucket list of things to do before dying, including helping Teenage Cancer Trust, gives 'final thumbs up'

A 19-year-old man with terminal cancer, who set up a bucket list of things to do before he died, has raised more than 1m for charity.

But Stephen Sutton has told supporters on his blog that his condition has worsened and that he does not have much time left. He has signed off his blog with "a final thumbs up".

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Society briefing: Breast cancer drug turned down for NHS use - Wed, 23 Apr 2014
Decision on drug which costs £90,000 but can prolong lives by nearly six months heavily criticised

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Cost of alcohol credited for drop in serious violence in England and Wales - Wed, 23 Apr 2014
Fewer people sought A&E treatment as a result of violence last year, study finds, and fall in binge drinking may be a reason

A decline in binge drinking and the rising price of alcohol is behind a dramatic 12% fall in the number of people injured in serious violence across England and Wales last year, a pioneering academic research study claims.

An estimated 234,509 people sought treatment at hospital accident and emergency departments across England and Wales in 2013 32,780 fewer than in 2012, according to the national violence surveillance network developed by Cardiff University.

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