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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2010): Social care - UK

Care worker registration bites the dust (for now)

J. Smith

Caring Times, June 2010, p. 20

Comments on proposals for the transfer of responsibility for regulation of the social care workforce from the bungling General Social Care Council to the Health Professions Council. The General Social Care Council will be left with the much diminished role of regulating social workers and will be forced into financial independence. There is a feeble new proposal for a voluntary licensing scheme for all health and social care workers.

Effective leadership, management and supervision in health and social care

I. Gray, R. Field and K. Brown

Exeter: Learning Matters, 2010

This book offers a comprehensive introduction to the areas of leadership, management and supervision for line managers, supervisors and senior practitioners. Taking a problem solving approach, the book explores different aspects of leadership and management including personal effectiveness, managing and leading supervision, managing training and development, managing resources and leading and developing a team. A precise review of each topic area is linked to a set of audit tools that a manager can mobilise in order to review team and personal effectiveness and develop practice.

Managing in health and social care. 2nd ed.

V. Martin, J. Charlesworth and E. Henderson

London: Routledge, 2010

The book explores how managers can make a real and positive difference to the work of organisations providing health and social care. It considers what effectiveness means in managing care services, the values that underpin the services, the roles of leaders and managers in developing high-quality service provision, and the necessary skills and systems to enable service users to contribute to planning and evaluation. Examples from social care and health settings are used to illustrate techniques for managing people, resources, information, projects and change. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated, and includes many new case studies and examples, as well as a new chapter on motivation. It covers topics such as:

  • interorganisational and interprofessional working
  • leadership
  • responding to the needs of service users
  • the service environment
  • accountability and risk
  • working with a budget
  • standards and quality
  • managing change.

Personalisation: special report

Community Care, May 20th 2010, p. 14-21, 24-25

A survey by Community Care has shown that the personalisation agenda is under threat due to lack of resources, including staffing cuts. It is also losing popularity due to the bureaucracy involved in applying for a personal budget for clients and a propensity for councils to replace qualified social workers with non-professional staff. The survey also shows significant knowledge gaps among practitioners implementing the scheme. The report also includes a description of a project led by Mind to raise the take up of self-directed support by mental health service users in Derbyshire, and a discussion of the benefits of individual budgets for disabled children.

Strategies for saving money

M. Samuel and others

Community Care, June 3rd 2010, p. 14-17

This article reviews and evaluates various strategies local authorities could employ to reduce costs of social services, including staff pay cuts, more use of pooled budgets, staff reductions, outsourcing, and cross-border commissioning.

User involvement in strategic commissioning

S. Sexton

Housing, Care and Support, vol. 13, Feb. 2010, p. 33-37

Service user involvement has been spoken and written about for many years, and is generally considered to be a good thing. This think piece considers some key issues concerning user involvement in strategic and other commissioning arising from research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It urges those involved to step back and consider some of the deeper issues that underpin authorities' ability to engage with current and potential users of their services.

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