health and health care

Social care services should enable disabled people to participate in society on an equal basis to others.

This bulletin looks at how social care services can ensure they promote equality for disabled people. This will only be achieved if care providers focus on the barriers that disabled people face.

Presents the findings of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee which aimed to investigate the performance of the care system in England, consider whether the Governments proposals for reform were soundly based, and to find out whether the Care Matters programme would be effective in helping looked after children.

This study examines a joint NHS-Local Authority initiative providing a dedicated nursing and physiotherapy team to three residential care homes in Bath and North East Somerset. The initiative aims to meet the nursing needs of residents where they live and to train care home staff in basic nursing.

This report aims to demonstrate how poor mental health is a significant cause of wider social and health problems, including: low levels of educational achievement and work productivity; higher levels of physical disease and mortality; violence, relationship breakdown and poor community cohesion. In contrast, good mental health leads to better physical health, healthier lifestyles, improved productivity and educational attainment and lower levels of crime and violence.

Plan for Scotland’s wheelchair and seating services changes by 2010. The changes will affect all five of the wheelchair and seating centres in Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The General Household Survey (GHS) is an inter-departmental multi-purpose continuous survey carried out by the ONS collecting information on a range of topics from people living in private households in Great Britain.

This protocol outlines transformation required to support personalisation, encompassing joint strategic needs assessment, commissioning that stimulates quality provision, and locally agreed approaches using community resources.

Opinions of service users, practitioners and managers on person-centred support. This study examines person-centred support, a key new concern in public services. It does this by bringing together for the first time the views, ideas and experience of service users, face to face practitioners and managers. Government is committed to ‘personalisation’, ‘self-directed support’ and ‘individual budgets’ in social care, aiming for increased choice and control for the people who use services. This is a move away from traditional, 'one-size-fits-all' approaches.

This enabling guidance is intended to help primary care trust providers of community services to move their relationship with their commissioners to a purely contractual one and consider what type of organisations would best meet the future needs of patients and local communities, and how change can be managed to support the transformation of services to patients.