social care provision

This report covers the audits of 16 health bodies in 2007-8. These include all health and social services boards, all health and social care trusts and a number of agencies and special agencies. Health service audit is undertaken by staff from the Northern Ireland Audit Office although a number of audits are contracted out to private sector accountancy firms. The report concludes that the health and social care sector continues to make progress in delivering improved health and social care services.

Child A died of natural causes in October 2007. There was no definite conclusion that abuse or neglect were contributory factors in the death. However, agencies had been involved with A’s family in the period prior to the death. Family circumstances included adverse physical conditions of the home; the failure to attend health appointments; the serious incidents of domestic violence; and the fact that both child A’s parents had been subject to Probation Orders in the period prior to her death.

This booklet provides an overview of ‘Your health, your way – a guide to long term conditions and self care’ for healthcare professionals. It introduces the concept of personalised care planning for people with long term conditions and supported self care, and discusses points to consider when starting the care planning process.

This podcast presents Malcolm Hill, Research Professor at the University of Strathclyde, talking about the child's perspective on services and professionals.

Website of the CSCI, the body charged with regulating, inspecting and reviewing all adult social care services in the public, private and voluntary sectors in England.

BBC Radio 4 Your and Yours programme with Ivan Lewis, Lord Sutherland and Lord Lipsey. A Green Paper on the future of social care expected in 2009 is discussed - what it contains and how it will work in Scotland.

BBC Radio 4 You and Yours programme with Ivan Lewis and Niall Dickson. A report published finds most people would be happy to contribute to the costs of long-term care for the elderly but want a fairer system in return.

This website provides specially designed tools to help social care workers. The tools are quick, easy to use, and do not require any specialist skills expertise. All social care staff use information and communicate in their jobs. To do this they need: speaking and listening skills; reading and writing skills; number skills. Care Skillsbase helps managers in the care sector take constructive action on communication & number skills.

This review by a team from the University of Warwick and University of the West of England, with support from the University of York, examines research evidence available to support improved care for older people in residential homes. The review explores seven themes: residents' and relatives' views on care; clinical areas for improvement; medication in care homes; medical input into care homes; nursing care in care homes; interface between care homes and other services; care improvement in care homes.