social care provision

Integrating health and social care budgets

Over the last decade, Britain’s public services have faced a number of challenges related to a changing population profile, growing demands from more assertive users, and the need for a more sustainable model of delivery. The UK’s huge fiscal deficit will now add the most pressing and complicated challenge of all: cutting expenditure on public services while maintaining quality and user satisfaction.

Next Practice

Recorded as part of the IRISS Masterclass Series workshops, this podcast details what next practice can offer to people using social services. Geoff Mulgan focuses on two main areas - productivity in the workplace and tools for innovation.

Services for Older People with Mental Health Problems

In this learning object you will have an opportunity to learn about the principal services available for older people at the primary, mainstream, secondary/specialist and tertiary levels by travelling down a virtual 'care pathway'. Along the way you will have the chance to test your knowledge of relevant statistics and will examine cross cutting issues and assessment. This object also contains a self-assessment section where you can test how far you have assimilated the key messages from this learning object.

The report of the Older People's Inquiry into 'That Bit of Help'

The report focuses on how to involve older people alongside the professionals, as equals, in identifying what services they want and value. It notes that older people are able to take account of costs of service provision in an environment where resources are limited, and with this information they are able to prioritise the service provision which they require.

At a glance 02: Improving outcomes for people in shared living services

Shared living schemes are one way of providing more personalised services. They offer care and support to people who use services, usually older people and those with learning disabilities, in family homes. This At a glance presents the key messages from the SCIE study, 'Improving outcome for service users in adult placement - commissioning and care management', drawing out the messages for local authority managers, care managers and commissioners.