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

A.U. Sale

Community Care, March 23rd-29th 2006, p.28-29

Article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of service users assuming strategic and policy-making roles in government bodies and campaigning charities. They can help embed the views of service users in everything the agency does. However, there is concern about whether a service user turned professional can lack objectivity when making crucial decisions about issues which are close to them personally.

B. Hudson

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.14, Apr. 2006, p.26-35

Health and social care integration initiatives such as the Sedgefield Integrated Team have no qualities of spontaneous growth or self-perpetuation. They need to be planned, created and nurtured by policy-makers and managers. This article looks at how such activities were undertaken in Sedgefield.

R. Woolnough

Community Care, March 23rd-29th 2006, p.32-33

Social work has a poor public image compared to teaching, nursing and the police. This may be due in part to public ignorance about what social workers actually do, and media tendencies to report only spectacular failures. However professional regulation and the introduction of degree level training are beginning to improve social work’s image. Representation by a strong professional body would also help.

N. Timmins

Financial Times, March 27th 2006, p.4

Examining the workings of social care costs and funding, and asking who pays for what, a multi-sector advisory group will help to inform what ministers reportedly call a “fundamental review”, which follows up on ambitions laid out in January’s white paper on care outside hospitals. In the context of a new Kings Fund/Wanless report calls for a partnership approach to elder care and a damning report from three government regulators, the review will look at multiple-care sectors and draw from a range of experience and options including those from Scotland.

[See also Daily Telegraph, March 28th 2006, p.10, and March 27th 2006, p9; Independent, March 27th 2006, p.2; Times, March 28th 2006, p.20]

When will the inspector call?

D. Behan and G. FitzGerald

Community Care, Apr.13th-19th 2006, p.32-33

The Commission for Social Care Inspection has announced that the best providers of adult care services will be fully inspected only once every three years instead of annually as they are now, provided that they can offer self-assessments that show they are continuing to deliver high quality care. In contrast, poor performers will face repeated inspections, spot checks and visits until they improve.

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