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Fully equipped: equipment for older or disabled people

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
102p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Abingdon

More than four million disabled people use equipment services, which can be gateways to independence and improved quality of life for both users and carers. This report looks at how the service is operating within the NHS. It introduces the service and goes on to focus on these specific areas: orthotic services; prosthetic services; wheelchair and seating services; community equipment services; and audiology services. Concludes with recommendations for the future.

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Performance review in local government: a handbook for auditors and local authorities; social services

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
HMSO Books
Publication year:
1989
Pagination:
55p., tables, bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

Provides an introduction to service provision, an outline of current management issues and a guide to performance review for each of the following groups : children, elderly, mentally handicapped, mentally ill and physically handicapped.

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Assistive technology: independence and well-being

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
50p.
Place of publication:
London

This paper looks in more depth at the role of assistive technology (AT) in supporting independence. It examines the place of AT in the current policy context and describes the current evidence to demonstrate how AT can support independence. It analyses the current obstacles to progress and explains how change can be introduced. New assistive technology can play a vital role in supporting the ways in which millions of older or disabled people can maintain or regain their independence. It also has the potential to modernise the way in which many aspects of health and social care are currently delivered to the benefit of users, carers, service providers and the taxpayer.

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Let me be me: a handbook for managers and staff working with disabled children and their families

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
192p.
Place of publication:
London

The improvement handbook has been designed for managers and staff who work with disabled children and their families, across different agencies and disciplines. Individual services and agencies can use it to improve their own services. But, the most effective way to use the change pack is for managers and professionals from different agencies and disciplines to use it to review and develop services together. Families said that very often it was better co-ordination between different professionals and agencies that would make the biggest difference to the quality of their lives.

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Services for disabled children: a review of services for disabled children and their families

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
56p.,tables.
Place of publication:
London

This Audit Commission study began by listening to disabled children’s experiences and those of their families, understanding that parents and carers, brothers and sisters each have their own perspectives and priorities. Over 240 disabled children and young people and their siblings, parents and carers spoke to them five areas. They had a broad range of needs, ages and backgrounds. They worked in partnership with an advisory group of disabled children and young people throughout the study. The AC took the views and ideas raised by users of the services back to service providers, and explored managers’ and practitioners’ perspectives on what was working well, where improvement is needed, and the opportunities for, and barriers to, change.

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The special school run: reviewing special educational needs transport in London

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
59p.,tables,diags.
Place of publication:
London

Local education authorities have a duty to provide or arrange free transport to and from school for some school children and discretion to provide it for others. Effective arrangements are essential to ensure that children with special educational needs can attend school. This report presents comparative information, across London Boroughs, on the quality and standards to which authorities work, the ways in which they manage and supervise arrangements, how they set and manage budgets, the numbers of pupils with special educational needs needing transport, how their needs are met and the costs of provision. Includes a self assessment checklist and draws attention to good practice, including findings from best value inspections, and other inspections.

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Charging with care: how councils charge for home care

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
82p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This publication presents the findings of a survey of local authority home care charges. It looks at the wide variations in charges between different authorities, the different factors taken into account, the quality of charge management, and how some users of home care, particularly those on low incomes and with high care costs, can be the most disadvantaged by these arrangements. Finally the report introduces a framework which is used to diagnose inconsistencies and highlights the need for greater national guidance, particularly in the area of financial protection for the most vulnerable service users.

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Charging with care: how councils charge for home care; briefing

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
16p.
Place of publication:
London

This briefing paper presents a summary of the findings of a survey of local authority home care charges. It looks at the wide variations in charges between different authorities, the different factors taken into account, the quality of charge management, and how some users of home care, particularly those on low incomes and with high care costs, can be the most disadvantaged by these arrangements. Finally the report introduces a framework which is used to diagnose inconsistencies and highlights the need for greater national guidance, particularly in the area of financial protection for the most vulnerable service users.

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