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Rhidian Hughes

Chief Executive of the Voluntary Organisations DIsability Group

Dr Rhidian Hughes is Chief Executive of VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group). He represents not for profit organisations and provides strategic leadership on disability issues across health and social care.

Why We Need Social Care To Be Strong And Sustainable

Until such a robust strategy is in place - and VODG is committed to co-operating with any actions along these lines - the future is uncertain for a sector that millions of people rely on for essential support.
22/09/2017 09:15 BST

Dementia Support For A Hidden Population

Taking firm action to detect dementia will help people understand what is happening to them and make choices about their future which means a better chance of tailoring services and support to meet people's changing needs. As Rosie, who works with MacIntyre to advocate on dementia and disability, says: "It's about knowing how we can help others who may not know about dementia".
25/01/2017 13:08 GMT

Work And Health: Time For Some New Year Resolutions

The focus is on moving people off benefits, not on them sustaining employment. This needs to change. We need a progressive approach to supporting more disabled people into employment. That, to me, is one New Year's resolution worth making.
02/01/2017 17:34 GMT

Social Care: 2016 Was The Year Of The Stalemate, 2017 Must Be About Synthesis

So 2016 - a year of progress against the unprecedented odds? What the challenges of this year show us is that no single organisation can address the plethora of risks to the social care system. The issues in 2016 provoke social care in 2017 to act as a unified body and strengthen our existing partnerships, not least after the government's underwhelming response to raise the social care precept, a move that is more sticking plaster than rescue package.
19/12/2016 17:10 GMT

We Need A Focus On Hidden Hate Crime

Let us not forget that if people are vulnerable, it is because of the circumstances in which they find themselves, rather than being vulnerable per se. The more we invest in supporting disabled people to feel fully included in society, the more we prevent incidents such as hate crime occurring.
12/10/2016 17:02 BST

Closing The Health Inequality Gap For People With Learning Disabilities

The health of people with learning disabilities is worse that that of the general population with common health problems including respiratory disease, heart disease and obesity. A 2012 report by Mencap, Death by Indifference, highlighted the deaths of 74 people with a learning disability in NHS care over 10 years. It suggested that many health professionals still fail to provide adequate health care to people with learning disabilities.
02/09/2016 12:51 BST

Social Care's Digital Divide

Imagine if a care worker could communicate with someone they support via the person's TV, without interrupting their viewing.
11/07/2016 11:44 BST

Why We Need to Mind the Disability Gap

Each week John* and his four colleagues meet with their manager to discuss workloads, responsibilities, and to decide exactly who does what task. This approach seeks to blend each individual's strengths and weaknesses across the whole team.
16/06/2016 12:48 BST

How to Support, Manage and Engage

In addition, those who use services are, through their lived experience, uniquely placed to undertake certain volunteer roles. Befriending or peer support, for example, can give people a valued role and can lead to the development of friendships as well as experience, skills and confidence.
02/06/2016 11:23 BST

Why Rights Should Have a Role in Dementia

When Daniel, a 64-year-old with Down's syndrome, began getting irritable and depressed several years ago, his GP and family associated his behavioural changes with his learning disability...
25/05/2016 10:02 BST

This Year Social Care Must Be Founded on Positivity and Solutions

The beginning of the year heralds transformative resolutions and fresh starts, but for the social care sector, there is no new deal. Social care professionals need to remain steadfast in their resolve to deliver high quality care amid straitened circumstances.
11/01/2016 12:55 GMT