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Social care policy is actively promoting integrated and personalised care. Local organisations are starting to re-engineer their business processes, review front line practice, develop new operational tools and revise their information systems to support and deliver these new approaches. This article draws on a study undertaken in one local organisation…
This new policy paper from the University of Birmingham’s Health Services Management Centre argues that the NHS has become too dominated by quantitative and medically orientated notions of what constitutes valid evidence, and suggests there needs to be a shift in focus from services to outcomes. The concepts of personal…
With the Care Bill entering the report stage in the House of Commons shortly, Michelle Cornes urges us to take part in the debate over what constitutes eligible need in relation to adult social care and support. Dr Cornes is Senior Research Fellow at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit…
Over the past five years, social care has been experiencing a period of change described as 'transformational'. It has largely been based on a model initiated by the organisation 'In Control' (Poll et al., 2006), variously called 'personalisation', 'personal budgets' and 'self directed support'. The drive to create personalised services…
A fundamental question for social policy is how accurately costs can be predicted from individual needs and characteristics. In the UK this question has added salience due to recent policy reforms: the Care Bill 2013 (HM Government, 2013) obliges local councils to offer users of social care ‘personal budgets’ that…
Adults in Northamptonshire who are looked after by social services, are to be given ‘debit cards’ to pay for their care. The pre-paid cards will replace direct payment by the local authority for services such as home help, rehabilitation and transport. Up to 14,000 adults in Northamptonshire, mostly pensioners, will…
Personalisation has become a key aspiration of adult social care policy in England. Perspectives vary though as its meaning and the extent to which it signals a new paradigm in care. It is being seen as not only relevant to those directly accessing care but also for their carers.
This report is drawn from a National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) Network for Methodological Innovation project, the key theme,‘Dancing with new partners’ examined methods for engaging non-academic users, especially with people who, in our experience, are often resistant to engagement – and for measuring the impact of research on…
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