Department of Health [and] Department for Education and Skills
London: DoH, 2005
Guidance for local authorities on their obligations with regard to direct payments, short term break voucher schemes, and complaints.
Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005
This book chronicles the formulation of contemporary social policy in Britain from the late eighteenth century through to the present day. The author shows how the ideologies of economic rationality, liberal utilitarianism and scientific medicine, have impacted on, and continue to shape, disability policy in the UK. This helps us to understand how and why people with impairments continue to be excluded from the mainstream of economic and social activity, and provides insight into the various and complex social forces that have and continue to influence the creation of conventional individual and collective, or dependent, identities.
NHS Modernisation Agency
London: Department of Health, 2005
Using a wide range of illustrative examples, this guide shows how dramatic improvements in services for wheelchair users can be achieved, including reduced waiting times for chairs and better quality of care.
D. Abbott, R. Townsley and D. Watson
Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.13, 2005, p.155-163
In England, the New Labour government has promoted partnership working across health and social care as an alternative ethos to competition and the internal market. Paper focuses on multi-agency working with disabled children with complex health care needs. Drawing on findings from a three year qualitative research study, it examines the impact of working in a multi-agency service on professionals. Interviews with 115 professionals showed that staff were very positive about working as part of a multi-agency service. They reported improvements to their working lives in areas such as professional development, communication, collaboration with colleagues and relationships with families of disabled children.