This public sector improvement handbook was published in April 2003 by the Audit Commission for local authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales. It "has been designed for managers and staff who work with disabled children and their families across different agencies and disciplines". It suggests the best way to improve services for disabled children is for all those concerned to work more closely together.
Any new settlement on long-term care and support must address the apportionment of responsibility for its delivery as well as its funding. With the state's capacity limited and family input likely to decline, the wider community must expect to play a growing role. This offers an opportunity to end social care's marginalisation, argues David Brindle.
Document reporting progress made in delivering the aims and objectives of the Angus Pathfinder, a project set up to develop an outcome focused approach to service delivery and performance management which delivers better outcomes for people with community care needs.
The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia.
Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This factsheet defines advocacy and discusses the different kinds of advocacy, who advocacy is for and the situations where it could be applied. Also included is a list of useful organisations and further reading.
Annual report for 2002 by the Chief Inspector of Social Work Services for Scotland which reviews the performance of each of Scotland's 32 social work services departments and provides a national overview of social work services.
The Richmond Fellowship is a charity which provides community-based services for people who require support in their lives. Their services work in person-centred ways to offer choice, promote inclusion and maximise ability. The Fellowship operates 189 services across Scotland supporting more than 2000 people to live as independently as possible within their own homes and communities.
A review of the issues around paying for long-term care for older people, asking how the current system could be improved. This study brings together evidence and discussions assembled by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It identifies some key challenges that need addressing in order to start moving towards a fairer, more rational and adequate system of funding It deliberately avoids proposing a radical redesign of the whole system, though there is a case for that. Rather it provides a platform for sensible discussion of how to design improvements in the funding system.
This resource is a practical tool for learning disability partnership boards and others working to support older family carers and their relative with a learning disability – referred to here as older families – to bring about positive changes in their lives. It should enable boards to measure what they are doing, how well they are doing it and to decide what they need to do next.
The Review of Nursing in the Community has proposed a new service delivery model for Scotland that aims to meet the challenges nurses face now, and will face in the future. The model, which is based on seven key elements of practice, is currently being piloted in four NHS board areas: NHS Borders, NHS Highland, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside. The pilot will be formally evaluated through 2009-2010 to provide the evidence the Scottish Government needs to decide on the future shape of nursing services in the community.