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

N. Valios

Community Care, Feb.9th-15th 2006, p.32-33

Article comments on the White Paper on health and social care, focusing on issues around how integrated services are to be funded, support for carers, and proposals for improving primary care mental health services.

P. Curtis & A. Benjamin

Guardian February 22nd 2006, p.8

One hundred and twenty councils have installed high security sanctuary rooms with reinforced fittings in the private homes of victims of domestic abuse, with 165 more to follow. Critics say that the move restricts the choice of victims as authorities attempt to save money on rehousing under their statutory duty to protect those at risk.

T. Blair

Community Care, Feb. 2nd-8th 2006, p.19

The Prime Minister explains how the health and social care white paper aims to strengthen personal control of care, increase investment in preventative services, and promote joint working by health and social care staff.

A. Cozens

Community Care, Feb.23rd-Mar.1st 2006, p.36-37

Article looks at how social care services should be re-shaped to respond to the new agenda set out in the White Paper Our health, our care, our say. The White Paper promises that the bureaucracy that hinders partnership working between health and social care will be tackled. It requires directors of public health and social services to work together to identify community need and design services that prevent health deterioration and sustain independence for all users, including socially excluded groups.

S. Bubb

Public Finance, Feb.3rd-9th 2006, p.24-25

Article argues that the role of the voluntary sector in providing services in areas such as resettlement of offenders, child welfare, and welfare to work schemes should be expanded. Third sector organisations have grown in strength and professionalism, but are still thought of by government as small scale and largely volunteer run. They are also inhibited by a poor funding and contracting regime.

B. Hudson

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.14, Feb. 2006, p.13-21

Article reports on the evaluation of an ambitious programme to integrate social workers, district nurses and housing officers in locality-based teams in Sedgefield, County Durham. It tests the early experience of the first Sedgefield Integrated Team against a new optimistic model of interprofessional working.

D. Heenan and D. Birrell

Social Policy and Administration, vol.40, 2006, p.47-66

Northern Ireland demonstrates a working model of the integration of health and personal social services. In this integrated system all professionals are employed by the same organisation, have the same source of funding, share the same goals and objectives and work alongside one another. Integration exists on three levels: strategic, where the planning of health and social services is undertaken in a holistic way; operational, where the aim is to provide a seamless service; and individual, where health and social services work together to ensure that the needs of each person are addressed.

J. Glasby and M. Taylor

Community Care, Feb. 2nd-8th 2006, p.34-35

Article describes how people receiving direct payments could pool some of the money to pay for group activities. For example, a group of people with mental health problems could hire an artist to run classes for them. There is also scope to develop a mutual or co-operative model of direct payments. For example, a scheme could be developed which would give direct payment recipients control over the day-to-day delivery of their support but a cooperative with paid staff would take on the responsibility for recruitment, regulation, employment, training and contracting of personal assistants and carers.

J. Manthorpe and E. Price

Social Policy and Society, vol.5, 2006, p.15-26

This article explores the reported experiences of lesbians in the UK, focusing on lesbian parents, lesbian carers, and lesbians working in the care sector. It reviews the way in which recent legal and social changes look set to impact on them. It concludes that the government’s approach to lesbian lifestyles, although based upon sound principles of civil rights, is piecemeal and that lesbians face continued discrimination and inequality.

R. Lorimer

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.14, Feb. 2006, p.44-48

With practice-based commissioning becoming a requirement in the NHS, this article reviews its potential impact on the established practical arrangements for health and social care partnerships.

Department of Health

Leeds: 2006

This guide sets out: 1) the principles of best practice for service user payment for involvement in service development; 2) the roles and responsibilities of users and NHS and social care organisations; and 3) advice on the implications of paying service users who are in receipt of benefits.

Sharing the caring?

T. Shifrin

Public Finance, Feb.3rd-9th 2006, p.20-23

The recent White Paper on health and social care in the community calls for more joint working and integration of services, combined with more emphasis on prevention, user choice and individualised care packages. However, in reality social services are underfunded and struggling to meet current levels of demand. They have responded by raising eligibility criteria and ceasing to provide low-level preventative services such as cleaning and hot meals.

K. Hefferman

British Journal of Social Work, vol.36, 2006, p.139-147

This paper demonstrates the importance of language in the social work profession, looking at how the term “service user” has been adapted and applied in the provision of social care services via New Public Management, and argues that it may be detrimental to those to whom it refers.

M. Wigg

Caring Times, Feb.2006, p.18

Article attacks the lack of joined up thinking amongst government agencies in respect of social care, focusing on workforce training and national minimum standards implementation.

Surrey: pioneer or oddity?

A.U. Sale

Community Care, Feb.9th-15th 2006, p.28-29

Surrey County Council has announced plans to reintegrate its children’s and adults’ social services to form a new families directorate. This follows its move in 2001 to merge education with children’s social care and split off adult services. Most other local authorities are currently splitting adults’ and children’s services. Author reports comments by a range of social care professionals.

Whose agenda is it anyway?

C. Ham and J. Glasby

Community Care, Feb. 23rd-Mar. 1st 2006, p.34-35

Glasby argues that the White Paper Our health, our care, our say is essentially a NHS document with social care only present as an “add on”. Ham however points out that social services and NHS primary care trusts can use the White Paper to their mutual advantage to promote integration through joint commissioning of services, local strategic partnerships and local area agreements.

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