Author Archives: suziarnoldfry

Somerset leading nationwide changes to make healthcare more accessible

Somerset is the first county to launch a number of national initiatives designed to help make health services more accessible for people with learning disabilities and/or autism…

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“We need to talk” – Council staff open up during Mental Health Awareness Week

Staff and leaders at Somerset County Council have spoken out about their own wide-ranging experiences during the pandemic this week in order to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health…

Somerset’s health and social care partnership blazing a trail nationally

Pioneering work in Somerset to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and help people get better at home has proven so successful it is being used to help shape national policy, Councillors heard this week…

Somerset’s Open Mental Health alliance shortlisted for prestigious national award

The alliance – called Open Mental Health – has made the final of the widely acclaimed Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value awards in the category of ‘public and preventative health service redesign initiative’…

Care workers to continue receiving full pay for Covid-related absences

Somerset County Council has reaffirmed its commitment to care workers today promising them full pay for Covid-related absences – on top of committing to an additional £10m for adult social care services next year. The announcement comes following negotiations between UNISON and the Council, and means that if care workers are required to self-isolate they […]

Care home film and blog shine light on unsung heroes of the pandemic

The tragic consequences of coronavirus on care staff and residents has been laid bare in a powerful account by a Somerset care home…

A powerful reminder of why we work in social care

This is a blog I felt compelled to write. It may be upsetting for some to read, but it’s a story which needs to be told – and one that those inside and outside social care should reflect on…

Somerset vaccination programme reaches important milestone

All residents of care homes for older adults in Somerset have now been offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine aside from those who cannot have it for clinical reasons…

One Million Covid-19 First Vaccine Doses For People In The South West

A ‘major milestone’ has been met today as the number of first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine offered to people in the south west tops one million…

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Survey launched to discover how Somerset residents access information and advice

A survey is launched this week to find out the best way for Somerset residents to get easy access to information and help for older relatives, activities for children or health advice…