End-of-life care and physician-assisted dying: reflections and recommendations. This project, launched in November 2014, aimed to examine both the public and medical professionals' attitudes on aspects of end-of-life care and physician-assisted dying. While recognising the many excellent examples of end-of-life care provision, this research highlights the variability in the quality of care between and within geographical areas and between different medical conditions. The report outlines the main challenges to providing good end-of-life care and the ways we can address them. It highlights three overarching themes which have come out of the research: the need to ensure the provision of consistently high-quality end-of-life care; the need for ongoing education, training and support for doctors; and the central role of families and those close to the patient.

Care and support statutory guidance. Updated statutory guidance that supports implementation of Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 by local authorities, the NHS, the police and other partners. It supersedes the version issued in October 2014. The updated guidance takes account of regulatory changes, feedback from stakeholders and the care sector, and developments following the postponement of social care funding reforms to 2020. Note that the statutory guidance is now web-base and is no longer available in pdf format. There is also a table showing where changes have been made and detailing the more significant changes.

Local authority circular: Charging for care and support (LAC(DH)(2016)2): This circular advises local authorities of the social care charging arrangements for 2016 to 2017. It sets out the capital limits, Personal Expenses Allowance, Minimum Income Guarantee and the savings credit disregards 

Behind the headlines. Almost 3 million hospital bed days have been lost between June 2010 and January 2016 due to a lack of social care provision at a cost of £910m, according to a new report by Age UK. 

Reducing Health Inequalities and the Shared Delivery Plan 2015 to 2020; and assessment of fulfilment of the Secretary of State’s and NHS England’s health inequalities duties in 2015-16 and beyond. Letter from Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, to heads of health bodies setting out the criteria he will use to assess if they meet their legal duties on reducing health inequalities, as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.