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Why people disagree about direct payments and personal budgets

The author discusses some of the reasons for the different responses to personalisation. Four of the underlying issues identified are: misunderstanding key concepts; not comparing like with like; attitudes to current services and different views about what constitutes good evidence.

Poor supervision continues to hinder child protection practice

Lord Laming's report into the death of Victoria Climbie highlighted the importance of good quality staff supervision. Highlights the lack of improvement in staff supervision over the last 6 years and discusses the need for more consistent standards.

Personalisation and the transition to adult services for people with disabilities

Individual budgets could transform young disabled people's transition to adults' services, but only if they are implemented with proper support.

The author reports on planned pilot schemes in local authorities and what needs to be considered so that individual budgets can be used by young people in transition.

Individual budget users and carers

The author reports on research which aimed to examine the impact on carers of people receiving individual budgets and the outcomes for carers of this new approach.

While there are many ways in which personal budgets can be provided, one of the main ways is through a direct payment.

This research is the first to examine the impact on carers of people receiving IBs and the outcomes for carers of this new approach.

For Some Doctors, Empathy is in Short Supply - article from The Washington Post, September 2008

Doctors are missing their cues when it comes to opportunities to empathise with the plight of their cancer patients, a new study suggests.

Cancer patients need social care support says Macmillan

The importance of meeting the social care needs of cancer patients and their carers is discussed. The article draws on findings of a report from Macmillan Cancer Support.

A Cancer Information and Support Service in County Durham, which is financed by the local PCT and also includes a welfare rights officer employed by the council is also briefly described.

Voices for Choices, Drink and Drugs news (22 March 2009)

This article, pages 8 and 9, covers news and views from the second national service user involvement conference in Birmingham. Using results of a consultation at the event, DDN looks at whether service users had been offered choices about treatment - and whether those choices had worked well for them.

The many meanings of research utilization

Weiss suggests 7 ways in which social science research is used in policy making.

Evaluation, policy learning and evidence-based policy making

This article covers some of the different approaches to policy evaluation. It considers some of the barriers to policy evaluation, the role of pilot studies, and what kinds of methods and evaluations may be most useful in a social policy context.  

A systematic review of integrated working between care homes and health care services

This study aims to evaluate the different integrated approaches to health care services supporting older people in care homes, and identify barriers and facilitators to integrated working.