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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2006): Social Care - UK

Filtering the facts

S. Gaskill

Community Care, Jan. 12th-18th 2006, p.36-37

Article discusses how the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 apply to care homes and gives guidance to managers on how to comply with the requirements of the Act.

Focusing on outcomes: their role in partnership policy and practice

A. Petch, A. Cook and E. Miller

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.13, Dec.2005, p.3-12

Recent policy documents emanating from the Department of Health and the Scottish Executive have been characterised by a focus on outcomes. This article seeks to clarify what is meant by the term “outcome”, the outcomes that have been highlighted in key social care policy documents, and the extent to which they reflect the outcomes prioritised by service users.

Interprofessional working in health and social care: professional perspectives

G. Barrett, D. Sellman and J. Thomas (editors)

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

Interprofessional working encourages professionals to find out about, and learn from, the roles other practitioners have to play in the delivery of care. The book examines the rationale behind interprofessional working, as well as the conditions and skills required for it to take place.

Modernising adult protection: an inside or an outside job?

J. Manthorpe and others

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.13, Dec. 2005, p.26-33

The UK government has identified systems for the protection of users of social care services as being in need of modernisation. The goal of the reforms is to ensure that vulnerable people who receive social care can be confident that the people supplying it are competent and safe. This article outlines some emerging areas of good practice under the headings of modernisation of the legal framework, regulation, inter-agency relationships, performance measures and staff training.

Plan with care

V. Hudson

Community Care, Dec.15th 2005-Jan. 4th 2006, p.34-35

Research was undertaken to find out how well health and social care organisations involve adult carers in service planning and delivery. Results show that, while some carers are involved at a strategic level, carers are most dissatisfied about their involvement in individual assessment processes and outcomes.

Terms and conditions

F. Taylor

Community Care, Jan. 12th-18th 2006, p.38-39

The terms social work and social care are often used interchangeably, but their true meanings need to be more closely defined. Social care refers to the delivery of care services, but there is no agreement as to whether it includes support services to excluded groups or specialist counselling and psychotherapy services. Social work appears properly to refer to planning and management, rather than actual care service delivery.

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