Articles by Ermintrude2
Interested in social policy/health policy and social care but mostly social justice. Social Worker by trade but so much more.
Frontline voices: Ermintrude2
In the third of a new series on voices from the frontline, Ermintrude2 reflects on her time blogging and the changes in her profession. (This post originally appeared on The Not So Big Society) Moving on and looking back Forgive me for the slightly self-absorbed post. Blogging by its nature can be the epitome of […]
“There may be cheaper and more available placements in South Yorkshire but that doesn’t mean the answer is placing Londoners there. I fear it may well be in the future.” Ermintrude2 argues that we are moving people to unfamiliar settings and localities on the basis of cost, alone with little regard for their preferences.
Pickles and local government ‘saving’ ideas
“Local government has been hit hard already by this government…, the cost is made in terms of quality of life and vital support services to some of the most vulnerable in the country.” Ermintrude2 argues that Pickles political ‘saving’ ideas for local government are a distraction from their main agenda of skeleton councils that provide little to nothing directly.
“We need to have a wholesale reappraisal of large institutional settings for care delivery – be they hospitals for people with learning disabilities or 90 bedded nursing homes for people with dementia.” Ermintrude2, writing for The Not So Big Society, reviews two recently published landmark reports into Winterbourne View and suggests that the issues raised in this scandal go far beyond this one isolated case.
Social work and moving on
“In a couple of weeks I will be leaving social work. Or will I?” Ermintrude2 reflects on her career in social work and the perceptions of the sector.
The ‘Red Tape Challenge’ does Health and Social Care
Ermintrude2 considers the arrival of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge in health and social care - and is horrified to discover that the Government seems to consider ‘red tape’ to include protections for people who might be least able to protect their own rights.