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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2006): Social care - UK

Creation of a care trust: managing the project

A. Lavender

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.14, Oct. 2006, p.14-22

This article describes the establishment of a care trust to integrate health and social services in Torbay, Devon. The creation of a care trust is a complex and challenging project, which requires both formal project management and appropriate project resources. There are a number of key building blocks that can be identified as prerequisites that must be addressed if the project is to be a success. This paper highlights these prerequisites and describes how they were addressed in Torbay.

Focus on the Midlands

D. Hayes (editor)

Community Care, Nov.16th-22nd 2006, p.45-51

The Midlands are culturally diverse and there are tensions between communities. This special supplement focuses on attempts by Birmingham City Council to improve relations between Afro-Caribbean and Asian communities following riots in 2005. It also describes an innovative scheme run by Warwickshire County Council to encourage social workers to return following a career break, and a pilot project in Nottinghamshire to allow service users to assess their own support needs.

Focus on Scotland

D. Hayes (editor)

Community Care, Oct.26th- Nov. 1st 2006, p.43-51

Social work leaders discuss the Changing Lives proposals for the revitalisation of social care, which aim to help front-line staff become more autonomous and better able to shape services around clients’ needs. There is also an analysis of the impact on child welfare services of plans to tackle parental substance abuse, and of the implications of the increasing use of telecare to support clients living in isolated communities.

Forced marriage: whose shame?

J. Hocking

Community Care, Nov. 16th-22nd 2006, p.28-30

There are hundreds of cases of forced marriage involving UK citizens each year, but social workers can be reluctant to intervene, partly because of fears of accusations of racism. It is alleged that government guidance on forced marriage issued in 2004 is not being followed, and that social work’s response to the issue lags behind that of the police.

Many happy returns

L. Tickle

Community Care, Oct.19th-25th 2006, p.36-37

Fear of changes in a fast-moving profession deters many ex-social workers from returning to the sector. This article describes skills update courses organised by councils in the North West of England and West Sussex to equip ex-social workers to return to the profession

Partnerships in social care: a handbook for developing effective services

K. Fletcher

London: Jessica Kingsley, 2006

The book is a planning guide for service providers and professionals engaged in or setting up strategic partnerships to improve local services in the fields of social and health care and education. It discusses the key issues involved in establishing successful partnerships and proposes strategies for effective collaboration. Case examples illustrate the successes and difficulties encountered in practice and legal obligations are considered. It outlines common problems such as conflicts of interest and allocation of funding and resources, and offers guidance on how to overcome them.

So what have you learned?

A.U. Sale

Community Care, Oct. 19th-25th 2006, p.34-35

During the three year period of their registration with one of the four UK social care councils, each social worker must complete 15 days of study that they can demonstrate will advance their practice. Those who have not completed this post-registration training cannot re-register. This article looks at the issues faced by each council and how they address them, while practitioners reveal what completing post-registration training and learning is like.

Super for some

D. Callaghan

Community Care, Oct. 26th - Nov. 1st 2006, p.30-31

Health and social care delivery mechanisms in Northern Ireland are to be radically reformed. At present four health and social service boards plan, purchase and commission services which are delivered by 19 community and acute health care trusts. These existing trusts will be replaced in April 2007 by five “super” health and social care trusts. A single new health and social services authority covering the whole province will take over from the boards in April 2008. It will commission services using seven new local commissioning groups.

Use your imagination

A. Cozens

Community Care, Oct. 19th-25th 2006, p.38-39

The reorganisation of social services and government pressure to blend adults’ services with the public health and well-being agenda are creating challenges for practitioners to redefine their work. Population ageing will create changing patterns of need. Agencies need to be prepared to work in partnership and find non-traditional solutions that will contain costs.

Which hats fit?

M. Payne

Community Care, Oct. 26th-Nov. 1st 2006, p.34-35

The government’s recent Options for Excellence report flags up the need for a definition of social work. The author presents five ways in which social workers practicing in multi-disciplinary teams can explore with their colleagues what exactly they do and how social work can be defined.

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