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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2001): Social Care - UK

ALL ABROAD FOR THE RIDE

A. U. Sale

Community Care, No. 1365, 2001, p.24-25

Discusses the need to keep up standards in social care and the need to promote qualifications and lifelong learning. Staff induction will introduce the standards but will not be a qualification in their own right. Article goes on to discuss the need for evaluation methods.

FRESH FIELDS: RURAL SOCIAL CARE: RESEARCH, POLICY AND PRACTICE AGENDAS

G. Craig and J. Manthorpe

York: York Publishing, 2000

Report focuses on the difficulties of providing good quality, affordable and appropriate social care for older people and those with a disability living in rural areas. Draws on a wide ranging literature review, a reanalysis of data collected during research on local government reorganisation and a telephone survey of rural authorities, to set out agendas for research, policy and practice for those concerned with the provision of rural social care. Results show that many of those responsible for service provision only give lip service to the needs of country dwellers, that much policy overlooks the particular and different responses required for sensitively addressing the needs of rural areas, and that a strong focus on rural issues should inform all future policy developments.

THE PROMISED LAND?

T. Philpot

Community Care, no. 1363, 2001, p. 22-23

Presents a critical appraisal of the integration of health and social care services in Northern Ireland. Integration has encouraged multidisciplinary working but the joint boards have favoured health services over social care in funding allocation, and have lacked democratic accountability.

SPEND NOW, SAVE LATER

G. Wistow and T, Randall

Community Care, no. 1362, 2001, p. 20-21

Article evaluates councils' first year plans for improving preventive service for elderly and disabled people.