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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2005): Social Care - UK

Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 and Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004: combined policy guidance

Department of Health

London: 2005

The Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 promotes co-operation between authorities and requires councils to inform carers of their right to an assessment which takes into account their outside interests (work, study, leisure).

Common language, different practice?

A.U. Sale

Community Care, Sept. 8th-14th 2005, p.32-33

In order to remedy staff shortages in its children and families and mental health teams, the London Borough of Hounslow has been recruiting social workers from the USA. Professionals involved in the scheme discuss how they are coping with practice in the UK. Experience so far has been positive.

For better or worse

A. U. Sale

Community Care, Aug.25th-31st 2005, p.30-31

By the end of 2005 government intends to publish a White paper addressing issues around the closer integration of health and social care. There are concerns that social care may be swallowed up by its more powerful partner, and may be prevented from maintaining its relationship with other local government initiatives such as regeneration.

A happy couple?

M. Henwood and B. Hudson

Community Care, Aug. 25th-31st 2005, p.32-33

Government plans to produce an integrated health and social care White Paper. Article explores the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. It considers the prospects for a genuinely integrated whole systems approach, or for a poor quality compromise that is fundamentally flawed.

New Labour and the public sector: a tale of two Green Papers

B. Hudson

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.13, Aug. 2005, p.6-11

Article discusses similarities in New Labour's approach to the reform of children's services and adult social care. The general idea is to shape services so that they are person-centred, seamless and pro-active, with a focus on positive outcomes and well-being. Key similarities between children's services and adult services reforms include an outcomes-based approach, integrated frontline delivery, a common assessment process, integrated inspection and a focus on prevention.

Once more into the breach

S. Ward

Public Finance, Sept.2nd-8th 2005, p.18-21

The government has announced the planned publication of a White Paper covering both adult social care and out-of-hospital care. There is speculation that this paper will propose the merger of local authority social services departments and primary care trusts, possibly through the formation of virtual or real care trusts.

Organizing across borders: profit and quality in internationalized providers

C. Holden

International Social Work, vol.48, 2005, p.643-653

Large and internationalised firms account for a significant and growing proportion of the long-term care provided in the UK. This article investigates how such firms balance issues of profit and quality, and the implications of this for the type of care provided. Three firms were investigated, all of which had developed their own internal quality assurance systems. These mechanisms tend to lead to the standardisation of care, which may ultimately result in a limitation of choice. The same mechanisms also tend to deprive workers of freedom to use their own judgement.

Pick up the pieces

B. Hudson

Community Care, Sept.22nd-28th 2005, p.36-37

The Scottish approach to tackling problems of service fragmentation has been to persist with partnership working rather than to engage with the choice agenda favoured in England. Indeed, the expectation now is that local partnerships will develop ambitious models for whole system working across health and social care.

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