The JIT aims to accelerate the pace of improvements delivered by health and social care partnerships with the objective of achieving service improvements for the benefit of service users and carers.
This study of older people's mental health services assessed available national data and visited specialist mental health trusts. The interview tool covered questions relation to several of the core standards used by the Healthcare Commission to assess trusts' performance. The key findings are reported in four main themes: age discrimination, the quality of inpatient care, the comprehensiveness of services; and working with other organisations (how specialist services worked with primary care, adult social services and acute hospitals).
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.
This is a case narrative detailing the story of a young child Charlene and her mother Jane, who has a history of inappropriate (sometimes violent) relationships and drug misuse. There are a number of concerns about Charlene who is eventually removed from Jane’s care. This case scenario can be used to illustrate a number of issues, including drug misuse, partnership work, good practice in investigation, and assessment in training contexts.
Pack containing programme and application details for Inspiring Communities grants, a UK Government initiative to create up to fifteen neighbourhood partnerships which will deliver a programme of activities to engage young people and help them work towards attainable goals and improve their educational performance.
Integrating organisations and services is a daunting task and there is plenty of evidence that outcomes can be poor if services are delivered in a fragmented way to people who need access to care. With that in mind, Government has placed a duty of partnership on the main statutory bodies and integration remains a major aspect of its ‘modernisation’ plans for public services.
Report examining the experiences of disabled parents and their families and assessing how well local council policies, services and practices are providing appropriate support in line with their responsibilities under existing government policy and legislation.
Report reviewing the joint financing and integrated care arrangements between NHS bodies and councils in England with adult social care responsibilities.
Using the examples of learning disability, mental health and older people it discusses how these arrangements are used and makes recommendations to help national and local bodies better understand the options available and how to use them to achieve better outcomes for service users.
Report looking into the challenges local councils and health trusts face in making personalisation a reality for carers and those they care for. It also identifies a variety of solutions already in place to meet these challenges, often involving partnerships between voluntary sector carers' services, councils and the NHS.