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Welfare reform on the Web (October 2006): Care of the elderly - UK

Effective partnership working: a case study of hospital discharge

M. Henwood

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.14, 2006, p.400-407

The Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Act 2003 introduced a system of reimbursement by social services to the relevant NHS body when hospital discharge delays are caused by the failure of the local authority to provide timely assessment or social care. The legislation was highly controversial and widely resented prior to implementation. However, since the system became fully operational in January 2004, there has been a significant reduction of the scale of delayed discharges. This paper explores the context of the legislation and the effect that it has had in terms of outcomes for older service users and on policy and practice in hospital discharge.

Spoken for

A. Pati

Community Care, Aug. 24th-30th 2006, p.30-31

This article surveys advocacy services for older people. Services are patchy nationwide and users and professionals have a lack of understanding of the role. There is a misconception that advocacy is advice and information rather than actions taken to represent the client’s wishes.

Using digital media to access information and good practice for paid carers of older people: a feasibility study

Interactive Technologies Research Group, Social Informatics Research Unit, University of Brighton


London: Social Care Institute for Excellence, 2006 (Knowledge management report; 15)

This study explores the feasibility of digital technologies to support the work of paid carers in residential homes for older people. Possible applications include information retrieval, telecare, e-learning and computer-supported co-operative work.

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