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

M. Barnes

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006

The aim of the book is to offer an alternative way of viewing caregiving and encourage a social care practice capable of supporting caring relationships so that the value and integrity of individual care givers and receivers is respected. This should take place within the context of social policies which recognise the contribution that care-giving can make to social cohesion and social justice.

C. Larkman

Community Care, March 16th-22nd 2006, p.34-35

Generic emergency duty teams were formed by social services departments in the 1970s to provide out-of-hours cover for children, the mentally ill and older people in crisis. Now that social services departments are about to go out of existence as entities in their own right, consideration needs to be given to reallocating the work of emergency duty teams to specialist day services.

K. McIntosh

Health Service Journal, vol.116, Mar. 9th 2006, p.25-26

The White paper on healthcare outside hospitals demands that health and social care work together to commission integrated services that suit individuals rather than organisations. A key strategic role will be played by local authority directors of adult social services who will be responsible for conducting regular needs assessments of their populations, which will, in effect, drive commissioning. They will work alongside directors of public health who will ensure that PCT resources are spent on promoting health and tackling inequalities. Article presents various existing examples of joint working.

N. Timmins

Financial Times, March 16th 2006, p.2

A £17.6bn funding gap for social care puts the achievement of NHS targets for out-of-hospital treatment at risk according to the Local Government Association. Social care helps with speeding up discharge and avoiding hospital admissions but tightening eligibility criteria have resulted in less support for people with lower level needs.

[See also Times, March 16th 2006 p.24; Guardian, March 16th 2006 p.11]

G. Wistow

Community Care, Mar. 9th-15th 2006, p.34-35

The White Paper Our health, our care, our say emphasizes the delivery of integrated packages of personalised health and social care services by joint health and social care teams with dedicated case management through a single expert case manager. However such integrated teams need to be supported by decentralised and shared budgets to commission and fund the services required to meet the needs they identify. The White Paper thus presents local authorities and primary care with a golden opportunity to form strong commissioning alliances to shift investment towards services that promote good health and independence.

A.U. Sale

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

Devolution has strengthened Scottish social workers’ sense of identity, but a recent review commissioned by the Scottish Executive has recognised that front-line staff need more autonomy.

Scottish Executive, Education Department, Children, Young People and Social Care Group

Edinburgh: 2006

The proposed scheme builds on the existing Disqualified from Working with Children List and the disclosure system operated by Disclosure Scotland and envisages incorporating a new Disqualified from Working with Vulnerable Adults List. A check on a person’s barred status would be readily available to organisations, including those in the voluntary sector, working with vulnerable groups and to those employing carers under private arrangements, including parents.

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