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

BACK TO NURTURE

T. Philpot

Community Care, June 19th-25th 2003, p.4

Describes a new initiative set up by the Scottish Executive and social work directors to support front-line staff. It will cover:

  • violence towards staff;
  • recruitment and retention;
  • stress;
  • image;
  • e-government;
  • how to share good practice;
  • audit;
  • training in leadership
  • continuing professional development.

CHANGE THE RECORD

D. Hayes

Community Care, July 3rd-9th 2003, p.28-29

The first year of operation of the Criminal Records Bureau which organises checks on health and social care staff featured long delays in processing applications. In order to balance its books, the Bureau has now doubled its fees, to the consternation of its users.

CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU CHECKS ON HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE STAFF

Department of Health

London: 2003

Consultation sets out proposals for the introduction of Criminal Records Bureau checks for existing staff in care homes for adults, new and existing domiciliary care staff, and new nurses agency staff.

DEFINING THE ELECTRONIC SOCIAL CARE RECORD: CONSULTATION DRAFT

Social Care Information Policy Unit, Department of Health

2003

Paper takes the government's electronic records management model and applies it to social care, identifying what decisions need to be made and what development work undertaken.

DELAYED REACTION

J. Glasby

Community Care, July 10th-16th 2003, p.38-39

Reports results of a survey of senior health and social services managers attending a seminar in May 2003. Respondents appeared to be reserving judgement on whether or not fining social services for delays in discharging patients from hospital due to unavailability of social care would have positive effects. There was, however, concern about the adverse effects of fines on partnership working and about the cost of setting up administrative systems.

DIVISIONS OVER PREMIUM PAY STRATEGY

J. Carvel

Guardian Society, July 30th 2003, p.4

Emerging government plans to pay a salary premium to social workers handling the toughest cases are causing confusion - and splitting the profession. Directors of social services interpret the idea as a move towards better resourcing of the most stressful types of social care, such as child protection investigations. But public services union Unison believe ministers intend to pay the premium to social workers in the most stressful localities and warn of a "divisive" system of regional pay.

NCSC REGISTRATION DECISIONS

Anon.

Registered Homes and Services, vol.8, 2003, p.20

The National Care Standards Commission is to pilot an assessment tool to provide inspectors with a more structured approach to decision making on the registration status of care homes and domiciliary care agencies in England.

A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR INVOLVING THE PUBLIC IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SERVICES

A. Lennox and others

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland NHS Workforce Development Confederation, 2003

Provides practical advice for involving service users, patients and carers in a range of operational decision-making in health and social care delivery and in educational programmes designed to develop the skills of the workforce.

REGISTRATION WITH SCOTTISH SOCIAL SERVICES COUNCIL: ADULT RESIDENTIAL CARE WORKERS

Scottish Social Services Council

Dundee: 2003

The Council is consulting on qualification requirements for phase 2 registration for adult residential care workers of all grades from care assistants to managers.

REGISTRATION WITH SCOTTISH SOCIAL SERVICES COUNCIL: EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILD CARE WORKERS

Scottish Social Services Council

Dundee: 2003

The Council is consulting on qualification requirements for phase 2 registration for childminders, Sure Start workers, nursery staff, play workers, playgroup staff and after school care staff.

REID, HODGE AND LADYMAN TO SHAPE SOCIAL CARE AFTER BLAIR SHUFFLES PACK

S. Gillen, A. Taylor and D. Craik

Community Care, June 26th-July 2nd 2003, p.16-17

Following the Cabinet reshuffle of June 2003, article profiles three new ministers: Health Secretary John Reid, Community Care Minister Stephen Ladyman and Minister for Children Margaret Hodge.

STANDARDS FOR EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES IN REGULATED CARE AND HEALTH SERVICES (SEARCH): DRAFT VERSION FOR CONSULTATION

TOPSS England [and] Recruitment and Employment Confederation

Leeds: 2003

Draft standards set out the main legal issues with regard to using employment agencies, explore whether agencies, agency workers or care services are responsible for safety and quality, and identify good professional practice in the relationship between care providers and agencies.

VICTIMS OF COMPLACENCY

R. Calcraft and D. Kitson

Community Care, June 9th-25th 2003, p.38-40

Discusses the impact of a range of Labour government initiatives designed to protect vulnerable adults, including those with learning difficulties, from abuse.

WALES SLAYS THE CRITICS

R. Young and others

Community Care, June 12th-18th 2003, p.40-41

Discusses the development of partnership working between local authority social services departments and the NHS in Wales.

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