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Social Care Providers

To deliver good patient care, NHS bodies require good social care provision; in recent years, severe cuts to social care budgets have created huge pressures on many health services. Equally, social care depends on strong NHS primary, acute and ambulance services. 

Care delivery
So patients need both sides of our health and care services working well – and MiP has repeatedly called for more investment in social care: many of our members working in health provision argue that additional Treasury funding should prioritise social care budgets before the NHS.

For MiP, health and social care are complementary elements of the same system. And we welcome social care managers as members, offering them the same individual, one-to-one support as our health service members. 

Many MiP members work for the organisations providing domestic and residential social care services for local authorities – including local charities and social enterprises, as well as major private sector businesses such as Four Seasons Health Care, Barchester Healthcare and Care UK. Typical roles include senior executives, home and regional managers, support services staff and the ‘registered managers’ with regulated responsibilities.

Note that whilst we represent eligible social care managers across Britain, within Northern Ireland we only represent those employees of the six health and social care trusts employed on health contracts; those on social care contracts are represented by our partner union UNISON.
Caroline Lamb, NHS Scotland head office, March 2024

Joining the Scottish health department weeks before the pandemic struck, Caroline Lamb found herself head of NHS Scotland within a year. She talks about the “intense and scary” experience of managing through the Covid crisis, her plans to integrate services and tackle staff shortages and why Scotland needs more money for health and care.

12 April 2024 | By Matt Ross
Interview
Launch of Wigan Deal

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08 April 2024 | By Craig Ryan
Analysis & opinion
Glenn McPeak (headshot), Welsh Ambulance Service manager & MiP rep

Meet Your Reps: Proud to be both a manager and a paramedic, new MiP rep Glenn McPeak says he wants to speak up for managers in the ambulance service who feel unsupported, undervalued and under pressure.

22 January 2024 | By Craig Ryan
MiP at work
Jon Restell portrait 2021

With ambitious plans but little money to spend, a Labour government will need the skills, nerve and insight of managers to make its promise of a 'decade of renewal' in the NHS a reality.

11 January 2024 | By Jon Restell
Leading Edge
Group of men in suits with heads buried in the sand

The last party conference season before the general election showed that UK politicians still have to get their heads round what the NHS needs and what it can be expected to deliver.

07 December 2023 | By Craig Ryan
Analysis & opinion
Sir Chris Ham thumb Summer 2023

As the party conference season gets underway this weekend, Sir Chris Ham sets out the challenges facing the UK’s political parties as they draw up their NHS policies, and argues that the multiple crises facing the NHS can be overcome with honesty, realism and political will.

20 September 2023 | By Sir Chris Ham
Analysis & opinion
Sara Gorton speaking at Unison Centre, May 2023

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28 June 2023 | By Matt Ross
Interview
Red telephone receiver hanging by its cord

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26 June 2023 | By Rhys McKenzie
Feature
Jon Restell portrait 2021

We need to challenge the widely-held belief that all-powerful managers are blocking change in the NHS. It's a lack of empathy for the difficult choices and hard realities that managers face which is holding us back.

27 April 2023 | By Jon Restell
Leading Edge
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP at London Eye March 2023

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan still works regular shifts at her local hospital alongside her day job as Labour MP for Tooting. Now shadow mental health minister, she tells Matt Ross about Labour’s still-sketchy plans for the NHS, the impact of frontline staff shortages and why she backs striking nurses.

13 April 2023 | By Matt Ross
Interview
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MiP has called on Patricia Hewitt's review of ICS powers to strike the right balance between local autonomy and central direction, warning that many NHS managers will be suspicious of the ideological motives behind the review.
19th Dec 2022
By MiP
News
MiP has called on Patricia Hewitt's review of ICS powers to strike the right balance between local autonomy and central direction, warning that many NHS managers will be suspicious of the ideological motives behind the review.
19th Dec 2022
By MiP
News

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