On Thursday I attended the Disability Confident confidence and I was stuck by what Iain Duncan Smith said about how the benefit system fails many disabled people, regarding them as unable to work, and this was the crime, not the fact people are being declared fit when society is happy to accept an individual's believe … Continue reading Should we write disabled people off?
A few weeks ago I attended a major disability conference where the Chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability was talking about her concerns about 15 minute care calls asking the audience if they all agreed that it was wrong to have these 'limiting' calls. While it was asked as a reciprocal question, I could not … Continue reading The 15 minute support call
People understanding adult safeguarding are the protection of service users who are been to be 'vulnerable' but it is something that is considered to be reactionary. Other then CRB checks and reference, the issue of safeguarding seems to only kick in after something bad have already happened. But for me, this is simply not good … Continue reading Active Safeguarding
I know there are certainly a few readers out there who would happily label me a Conservative although it is far from the truth as I simply shudder at some of their policies, others you know me better may argue I have certainly Labour but again, I don't like all their policies. The reality is … Continue reading I do not have any political label
I am not Scottish and I clearly do not live in Scotland, although my parents did live there for a while. I also have no interest in the politics of the potential independence of Scotland although I am interested in the practical implications of building a whole new country as I have always been interested … Continue reading Build a new independent Scotland?
I pride myself on the fact I am independent from any organisation, even though I work with, and that my views are my born from the fact I have thought through my beliefs from the wide amount of evidence at my disposal. Despite this, I have critics who continuously question my independent, hoping to put … Continue reading I am no one’s puppet
Many charities have started to focus on moderate needs as a mechanism to campaign for the government to increase the social care budget even though any increase is more likely to be spent on increased fees as opposed to helping anyone. My concern and why I appear to be heartless, is that it would be … Continue reading Supporting moderate needs
Resource Allocation System or RAS is something devised by a social worker called Simon Duffy who managed with very little evidence to convinced an Labour government over 7 years ago to implement it nationally as personal budgets. It is a way of assessing what people need by providing them with a cash entitlement first which … Continue reading I always knew RAS was wrong
As a social care service user, I have had the concept of need used by others to try to control my life for 20 years, and I have realised is it something that is meaningless on its own. It is easy to come up with a whole range of reasons why someone needs or does … Continue reading Need makes no sense
In writing this blog, I must make it very clear I am discussing the historic implementation of the sick role on an academic level rather than making any sexist remark, although highlighting the sexism that existed in the sick role. I am also not suggested women will never 'ill' but that society did not see … Continue reading Women were never sick