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Between January 2016 and April 2017, the Healthwatch network visited 197 care homes. During these visits local Healthwatch spoke with residents, their families and staff, compiling people’s experiences with their own observations. Click here to read the Healthwatch briefing called What's It Like to Live in a Care Home?

NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published a quality standard on social care for older people with multiple long-term conditions. Click here. In conjunction with Scie, the Social Care Institute for Excellence it has also produced a better home care for older people guide. Read more.

A free guide from the Association for Real Change (ARC) to support people with learning disabilities and their carers about the criminal justice system.

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust offers a large range of leaflets and information on the topic of nutrition. Here are some useful leaflets:

100 Calorie BoostersEasy Ways to Boost Calorie IntakeFinger FoodsFluidsFood First RecipesHigh Energy and High Protein DietNourishing Snacks and DessertsTips for CarersTips for Improving Your AppetiteSpeech and Language Referral Form.

A new good practice guide, Managing Care Home Closures, has been published by the Care Quality Commission to help minimise the impact on people, and their families and carers, in the event of a care home closing in response to poor care, an emergency or market exit.

The Care Quality Commission has produced a report called Building bridges, breaking barriers: Integrated care for older people which looks at how well care for older people is integrated across health and social care, as well as the impact on older people who use services and their families and carers.

The Government has extended the deadline for its consultation on a new carers strategy. The Department of Health's open consultation has been extended until 31st July 2016. The Government wants to hear from carers, those who have someone who care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers. Click here for more information. 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has produced some information leaflets including what to expect from a good care service. Click here for more information.

NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has new guidelines called Home care: delivering personal care and practical support to older people living in their own homes

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a new guideline on older people with social care needs and multiple chronic conditions. The guideline provides services with a framework for acting more effectively so that they can offer appropriate care to those who most need it.

Preventing disability, frailty and onset dementia in later life - guidelines by NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. An article in Nursing in Practice.

A special group called the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) provides advice for health workers and the public on pressure ulcers. Click here for a leaflet on how to stop pressure ulcer, and click here for a factsheet called Pressure ulcer:Just the facts.

A Royal College of General Practitioners report called Involving and Supporting Carers and Families

The charity Mind has a useful A-Z on its website of how to help someone. The information is aimed at helping friends, family, carers and others to give support and take care of themselves. Also how to get help as a carer.

In Autumn 2015, Operation Magnify, a UK-wide enforcement and compliance initiative, was launched by the Home Office to prevent illegal working in the care sector. Click here for details and for a leaflet.