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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2005): National Health Service - Primary and Community Care

Maternity services exemplar

Department of Health London: 2005

The exemplar shows a woman's journey through pregnancy and birth, illustrating how government standards can be put into practice to provide greater choice and flexibility for women using maternity services.

'Micro' public health: the reality

R. Grant

Community Practitioner, vol.78, 2005, p.178-182

Summarises how research was undertaken to discover the unexpressed health needs of a village population in Somerset. Goes on to record the steps taken by local health visitors to work with groups with identified needs. Health improvement activities were organised by a residents' group on a social housing estate facilitated by the health visitors.

Providing welfare advice in general practice: referrals, issues and outcomes

P. Greasley and N. Small

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.13, 2005, p.249-258

General practices in the UK are increasingly hosting welfare advice services on their premises to offer help with social security benefit claims, housing and debt problems. Authors present the outcomes of a service providing welfare advice across 30 general practices in a multi-racial inner city community in Bradford, using data on advice issues and outcomes over 24 months. They find that the advice workers raised 2,389,255 in welfare benefit claims for patients, primarily through disability benefits. Approximately one in four patients referred for advice benefited financially.

Trail blazers

W. Little

Health Service Journal, vol.115, May 12th 2005, p.28-30

Article discusses how partnership working between local authorities and primary care trusts can help public health to become a central force driving the health system. Presents case studies of how joint working is being implemented in Croydon and Cannock Chase.

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