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Crossing the boundaries: how training can improve joint working

Author:
ROYAL ASSOCIATION FOR DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION
Publisher:
Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
44p.
Place of publication:
London

In the current climate where working in partnership is both encouraged and expected, training plays an important part in this process.The aim of this good practice guide is to show how training can improve joint working, to show the benefits there will be for both service providers and people receiving services, and to give examples of good practice. The guide looks at what ‘works well’ particularly from the viewpoint of disabled people. It also covers what causes problems and what could be done to address these. Its intention is to encourage service providers and trainers to think about how training can improve joint working and to take action to put thought into effect.

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Direct payments in action: implementation by social services departments in England

Author:
JORDAN Claire
Publisher:
SCOPE
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
8p.
Place of publication:
London

Direct payments can greatly improve disabled people’s quality of life by offering increased control, flexibility and choice. Despite this, take-up of direct payments has so far been relatively low. Department of Health figures for 2003 show 12,585 people using direct payments, with take-up in some areas much higher than in others. This survey aimed to identify what social service departments saw as the barriers to using direct payments effectively.

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Report of the task and finish group on care pathways for long term neurological conditions

Author:
WALES. Welsh Assembly Government. Task and Finish Group on Care Pathways for Long Term Neurological Conditions
Publisher:
Wales. Welsh Assembly Government
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
11p.
Place of publication:
Cardiff

This report by the Welsh Neuroscience Expert Group Care Pathways sub-group outlines a process for the development of care pathways to support children, young people and adults with long term neurological conditions. The aim of these pathways is to help people with long term neurological conditions manage their condition, maintain independence and achieve the best possible quality of life through an integrated process of education, information sharing, assessment, care planning and service delivery. It is suggested that this would be as delineated in the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions for England. Areas addressed are: early recognition, diagnosis and treatment; acute care; early specialist rehabilitation; community and longer term rehabilitation; transitions; vocational and educational rehabilitation; equipment and accommodation; personal care and support for the sufferer, their families and carers; palliative care, care within hospital and other health or social care settings; quality assurance, audit and development.

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Making direct payments work: identifying and overcoming barriers to implementation

Authors:
HASLER Frances, STEWART Angela
Publisher:
Pavilion
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
84p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Brighton

Direct payments are a cost-effective way of delivering services to disabled people and their carers. This report explores the barriers to and successes in the delivery of direct payments, based on a project conducted in the North East of England. It concludes that a supportive local authority infrastructure, an understanding of the principles of independent living and a commitment to partnership with users are key to the success of direct payments. The authors suggest that the challenge for local authorities is twofold: to establish strategic frameworks to ensure that the systems, training, understanding, documentation and lines of communication are in place, and to actively seek partnership with users and user organisations in setting up user-led support services for direct payments.

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Direct payments: what are the barriers?

Author:
COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL CARE INSPECTION
Publisher:
Commission for Social Care Inspection
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
24p.
Place of publication:
London

This report includes the findings of a consultation event and follow-up policy seminar that the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) held in June 2004. The purpose was to collect evidence and opinions about factors that were limiting the successful implementation of direct payments – the policy whereby people receive cash in lieu of social services, which they are assessed as needing, in order to arrange their own care and support. Though growing, the number of people receiving direct payments remains disappointingly low. The barriers are broadly seen to be: lack of clear information for people who might take advantage of direct payments; low staff awareness of direct payments and what they are intended to achieve; restrictive or patronising attitudes about the capabilities of people who might use a direct payment and a reluctance to devolve power away from professionals to the people who use the service; inadequate or patchy advocacy and support services for people applying for and using direct payments; inconsistencies between the intention of the legislation and local practice; unnecessary, over-bureaucratic paperwork; and problems in recruiting, employing, retaining and developing personal assistants and assuring quality.

Journal article

Research, the law and good practice in relation to disabled children: an approach to staff development in a local authority

Authors:
READ Janet, CLEMENTS Luke
Journal article citation:
Local Governance, 25(2), Summer 2000, pp.87-95.
Publisher:
University of Birmingham. Institute of Local Government Studies

Describes a staff development consultancy on research, the law and good practice in relation to disabled children and their families. It was provided for Warwickshire Social Services Department by the University of Warwick and piloted an approach which was further developed in subsequent joint work. The consultancy addresses the need for staff to be informed by both their employing authority and external bodies. By tying the work into the system of performance reviews, it also aimed to resolve some problems commonly associated with externally-provided training, namely that it is not sufficiently related to the policy objectives of an organisation or existing mechanisms for achieving them.

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Carrying out adaptations: a good practice guide for registered social landlords

Authors:
APPLETON Nigel, LEATHER Philip
Publisher:
Housing Corporation
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
68p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Guidance providing principles and advice for registered social landlords when carrying out adaptations to housing for older people or disabled people. Designed to be translated into the context of local conditions and constraints. Includes sections on: a user centred approach; setting the policy; liaison and inter agency working; providing resources; experience and expertise; identifying need; managing the process; assessment, evaluation and setting priorities; management of the technical process; VAT; targets and competition; claiming funding; getting value from adaptations; responsibilities as landlord for adaptations undertaken by others; and user participation and consultation.

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