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Latest news from the Institute of Applied Social Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing Research Group and the cross-cutting Participatory Research Theme.

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Taxing times for the NHS

Description
On his first day as Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens stated that the National Health Service was facing its biggest challenge to date because of the most sustained 'budget crunch in its 66-year history'. He argued it was time to 'chart a new course' in order to face the really big challenges – dementia, obesity, inequalities, mental health and wellbeing, personalisation, prevention and empowerment. Only by 'radically transforming services' would the NHS continue to thrive.
Date:
Monday 7th April 2014
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

'Cinderella law' proposals are unhelpful and draconian

Description
Sue White, Professor of Social Work (Children and Families) in the School of Social Policy, contributes to an article in 'The Conversation', commenting on the proposed 'Cinderella law'.
Date:
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Challenges for Simon Stevens

Description
As Simon Stevens starts work as the new Chief Executive of the NHS, the Health Services Management Centre asked people from the health policy community and beyond for a brief summary of his key challenges.
Date:
Tuesday 1st April 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences

Professor Karen Rowlingson discusses the potential outcome of this week's budget

Description
Academics from the University of Birmingham, including Professor Karen Rowlingson from the School of Social Policy and Director of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM), contributed to the latest Birmingham Perspective, to discuss the potential impact of this week's budget on ordinary people and the British economy.
Date:
Tuesday 18th March 2014
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Keeping the right side of Mill

Description
Questions of smoking regulations are currently in the news offering an opportunity to revisit Mill's famous dictum which, to paraphrase, allows restrictions on personal liberty only in order to prevent harm to others.
Date:
Wednesday 12th March 2014
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Researchers warn of the 'myths' of global medical tourism

Description
Professor Russell Manion is part of a team of researchers led by Dr Neil Lunt at University of York which has been exploring the economic and social impact of medical tourism. In an article published in the journal Policy & Politics, the researchers challenge the idea that ever greater numbers of patients are prepared to travel across national borders to receive medical treatment.
Date:
Wednesday 6th November 2013
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Moving from the individual to the relational: child protection reimagined

Description
Brid Featherstone, Professor of Social Care, The Open University, Sue White, Professor of Social Work, University of Birmingham, and Kate Morris, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham contribute to Blog 'Moving from the individual to the relational: child protection reimagined'
Date:
Monday 28th October 2013
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Turn the welfare state on its head to fix social care

Description
HSMC's Jon Glasby writes for 'The Conversation' in an article 'Turn the welfare state on its head to fix social care'.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd October 2013
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

University links with local Third Sector to 'End Youth Homelessness'

Description
Professor David Mullins in the Housing and Communities Research Group, School of Social Policy is working with colleagues across the University to support St Basils to make Birmingham the first UK City to adopt the 'End Youth Homelessness' pledge.
Date:
Thursday 10th October 2013
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Reimagining Child Protection: Towards humane social work with families

Description
Social Policy academic Professor Sue White, together with colleagues Professor Brid Featherstone and Kate Morris will next year publish 'Reimagining Child Protection: Towards Humane Social Work with Families'. Drawing on years of experience, they argue that the current dominant model of social work geared to crisis intervention, hampered by bureaucracy and form filling and with a continuous turnover of staff, won't do.
Date:
Thursday 10th October 2013
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
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