Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission

Going to the cinema is usually an opportunity to escape from the cares of daily life and be transported to a different world. But sometimes, the films we watch make us think that bit harder about we do.

Sanctuary

The story is authentic, at times hilarious and often heart-breakingly poignant. A clear theme emerges that the views of those “in charge” apparently matter more. The care worker, his manager, a policeman, a store security guard, a bossy hotel receptionist — an unending stream of authority who think they know best (though credit to the care worker for trying to be different). At one point Sophie says “all we want is to be together and everyone else is trying to keep us apart.”

Relationships

We have a long way to go to make that a reality and Joanne’s story about her fiancee Lee shows that. I was therefore very pleased to see that NDTi and My Life My Choice have been awarded a grant to explore how the barriers that people with learning disabilities face in developing and sustaining sexual relationships can be addressed. I hope that their work will result in some real change.

Recognising talent

Our mission is to effect positive change in public consciousness concerning people with intellectual disabilities through the medium of theatre, allowing our members inherent talent and creativity to speak for itself.”

Three Billboards

The link to adult social care may not be quite so obvious‎ as Sanctuary but it has certainly had me thinking — why does Mildred take such action and what does it tell us about how we should react when people are harmed in the health and care system?

Communication

Richard Handley

Learning

Think harder and act

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.