health and social care

The generation strain: collective solutions to care in an ageing society

Report that argues for the need to transform the understanding of what ‘social care’ is in order to help people live decent lives, to put in place the right building blocks to prepare for an ageing population and to reduce future demand for care.

The fourth health systems of the United Kingdom: how do they compare?

Report that is the fourth in a series dating back to 1999 which looks at how the publicly financed health care systems in the four countries of the UK have fared before and after devolution.

The research looks at how the four national health systems compare and how they have performed in terms of quality and productivity before and after devolution. It also examines performance in North East England, which is acknowledged to be the region that is most comparable to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in terms of socioeconomic and other indicators.

Engaging with reshaping care: how's it shaping up? (Insight 1)

One of a series of documents that reports the findings of the Reshaping Care for Older People programme's latest scoping exercise, conducted September 2013 to January 2014. It provides an update on how things have progressed since the 2012 report and considers the ongoing challenges.

Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill [as passed]

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision in relation to the carrying out of functions of local authorities and Health Boards; to make further provision about certain functions of public bodies; to make further provision in relation to certain functions under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978; and for connected purposes.

One person, one team, one system

Policy report that looks at health and care services holistically, with the person, not the institution, at the centre. It proposes a set of recommendations that will focus on helping people stay well, manage their conditions and promote their independence; it suggests how incentives can be aligned across health and care organisations to encourage them to put people’s interests first; and it encourages health and social care to work in partnership for their communities, without proposing expensive and distracting structural reorganisations.

Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population

Paper designed as a high-level resource and reference guide for local service leaders who want to improve care for older people. Within each component of care it describes the goal that the system should aim for and then presents key evidence about what can work, selected examples of local good practice, pointers to major reviews and guidelines, and advice about where to start.

Preventing loneliness and social isolation in older people (IRISS Insights, No 25)

Prevention has been identified as a key aspect of Scottish public service reform. In response to the findings of the Christie Commission (2011), the Scottish Government has called for a ‘decisive shift towards prevention’.

This Insight looks specifically at the prevention of isolation and loneliness amongst older people, with a particular focus on what practitioners in the fields of health and social care should bear in mind when working to tackle this important and growing issue.