social care

Scotland's skills utilisation programme: an interim evaluation: SKOPE research paper No. 101

Paper that reports on the findings from a mid-term evaluation of the Scottish Funding Council’s programme of ‘action research’ projects, which are aimed at exploring the potential contribution of universities and colleges to improved skills utilisation in the workplace.

The evaluation finds some initial empirical evidence for establishing proof of concept, but also identifies challenges in relation to capacity building and sustainability. The potential exists, it is argued, for the programme to contribute to a broader approach to skills and innovation policy in Scotland.

Why care? Social norms, relative income and the supply of unpaid care

Report that focuses on the role of conformity with social norms and concern with relative income in the decision to supply unpaid care for parents.

Living well at home inquiry

Amidst the national interest in the growing need for care and support for an ageing population, this report highlights the importance of the home in the current debate.

Unsuitable housing is often the reason why an older person must go into expensive residential care or must stay in hospital; suitable housing means independence for longer and a good quality of life in older age.

Social impact evaluation of five carers' centres using social return on investment

Report that evaluates the benefits to key stakeholder groups of the key activities undertaken by five carers' centres, located in Harrogate, Hertfordshire, Lewisham, Suffolk and Westminster.

Final report of the social pedagogy pilot programme: development and implementation

Research commissioned by government to develop and implement a pilot programme in order to determine the impact of, and best method for, introducing a social pedagogic approach in residential children’s homes in line with the Care Matters White Paper’s commitment (DCSF 2007).

The report documents the development and implementation part of the pilot programme.

Routes for social and health care: a simulation exercise

Routes was the name given to a simulation-based project designed by Loop2 to explore how the evolution of the adult social care and health care systems could be managed to create real synergies between them.

It was commissioned by The King’s Fund, in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Local Government Association (LGA). The project was steered by an advisory group drawn from these bodies.

Choice and change: disabled adults’ and older people’s experiences of making choices about services and support

Study that investigated the realities of making choices about services and support over time, by disabled people of working age and older, who were likely to experience repeated choices due to their changing circumstances.

Choice and change: how disabled young people with degenerative conditions and their parents make choices about care and services

Disabled young people with degenerative conditions and their parents face many service-related decisions. This study looks at the realities of choice-making processes within families, exploring the respective roles and experiences of young people and their parents.

Positioning turnaround services for older people: discussion paper

Paper that advocates a model for targeting health and social care provision in older old age called ‘Turnaround’.

Turnaround is advocated in the context of older population changes which make it imperative that authorities limit the need for high cost provision such as residential care and intensive home care support.

The approach would aim to develop provision that lessens the likelihood of admission to hospital or care, or demand for high intensity community provision, through a holistic approach which focuses on improvement, recovery and rehabilitation.