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Carer's assessment and outcomes focused approaches to working with carers

One of a series of reports which forms part of the PROP Practitioner Research Programme, a partnership between the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh and IRISS that was about health and social care for older people.

This practitioner-research project aimed to examine how different approaches to assessment and working with carers affects the personal outcomes achieved. Focus group discussions and document analysis were used to explore the carer and practitioner experiences of different approaches, and to identify how differing roles of voluntary and statutory organisations, the impact of the conversation and tool, self-assessment as compared to practitioner-facilitated assessment, and importance of the profession or organisations, as well as for future joint working.

It is a joint project between Midlothian Council Community Care team and VOCAL, Midlothian Carers Centre.

Rebecca Gamiz
Abenet Tsegai
Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)