Ewan is director of business development and delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
Ewan is director of business development and delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). He joined SCIE in September 2014 and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of SCIE’s contracted work, attracting new commissions, and supporting co-production with people who use services and carers. Ewan has been Director of Business Development and Communications at the OPM Group, an employee-owned research organisation and consultancy. A social researcher and policy analyst by background, Ewan was previously Director of the research team at OPM and led several large scale national evaluations, policy development projects and research studies for organisations including NHS England, Communities and Local Government, Department for Education, Department of Health, CQC and numerous national charities. Before joining OPM, Ewan worked as a researcher for the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP. Ewan is a Trustee of the Charity Penrose, which seeks to re-integrate ex-offenders and people with mental health conditions into society, and was educated at the London School of Economics and Warwick University.
Local authorities and health organisations are seeking to cut costs, keep essential services going, and transform their offer all at the same time. But concerted effort really will be worth it. A shared society sounds good, if we can make it a reality.
Another Autumn Statement, another disappointing result for social care. No additional money, despite the protestations of a growing number of organisations and sector leaders. It is hard not to be despondent.
I have a friend who works in advertising and readily admits to being not that interested policy or public services. Don't get me wrong, he's cares that people receive good services, he just doesn't think about public services very much. Last week, out of the blue he said, 'I see that social care is in trouble, what's that about?'
Young and old alike have a huge amount in common, and a lot they can learn from each other. Working together, they can also reduce social isolation and improve the quality of care. Social care can play its part in bringing people together again.
The primary role of GPs has always been, and will continue to be, to treat common medical conditions and to refer patients to hospitals and other services for urgent and specialist treatment. Whilst there have always been GPs who are interested in signposting patients to community-based social care and support services, they have tended to be in the minority.
For the last 15 years we have heard a consistent message from successive governments: no child should be left behind. Whether the slogan has been 'every child matters' or 'narrowing the gap', the intention has been the same: to improve outcomes for the most disadvantaged children. Despite there being some improvements for children, one group stands out as being almost impervious to these efforts: looked-after children.
The end of June is an important date for the health and social care system. It is when 44 geographical areas, called 'footprints', are expected to submit their Sustainability and Transformation Plans or STPs.
Delivering integrated care is proving to be a much harder task than perhaps most envisaged. To make matters more challenging, tough financial conditions can also can have a polarising effect, pushing partners apart rather than together. That is why we need to recommit to a collective approach to leadership, with leaders willing to share power and to solve problems together rather than always working in isolation.
It's a very challenging problem we face: how do we significantly reduce our spending on crisis care and acute treatment and start investing in tackling the problems that emerge early in children's lives. It will take brave decisions by leaders and commissioners to move in this direction. But we have to start doing it so that children and young people start experiencing the quality outcomes that we as a society should be able to provide for them.
08/04/2016 11:28 BST
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