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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2003): Social Care - UK - Community Care

COUNCILS STRUGGLE TO JUSTIFY WIDE VARIATIONS IN ASSESSMENT RATES

A. Taylor

Community Care, June 12th-18th 2003, p.18-19

Under current legislation all family carers are entitled to an assessment of their support needs as a prelude to receiving services. Article reports on wide variations in the rates at which carers' assessments are being carried out by social services departments in England.

HANDLE WITH CARE

H. Bungay and A. Alaszewski

Health Service Journal, vol.113, July 31st 2003, p.28-29

Describes research into the development of an effective code of practice for the support of carers of people with learning difficulties and older people by the NHS. Carers complain that they are sometimes excluded from decision-making and that their expertise is not acknowledged by NHS staff. Equally, their needs are not taken into account in discharge planning.

THE JOINT PERFORMANCE, INFORMATION AND ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK (JPIAF): CONSULTATION ON PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR SINGLE SHARED ASSESSMENTS, CARERS' ASSESSMENTS AND ASSESSMENT WAITING TIMES

Scottish Executive, Joint Futures Unit

Edinburgh: 2003

Paper includes the full specification of each proposed performance indicator (PI), including any contextual information; the full set of definitions needed to produce the PI on a consistent and comparable basis; and specific consultation questions.

SLOW CLIMB FOR EQUIPMENT

I. Salt and N. Mapstone

Community Care, July 17th-23rd 2003, p.38-40

Describes progress of a major effort to improve the provision of equipment for older and disabled people in the community through integration of services across health and social care.

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