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P 4819 The case for social work reform: the wider economic and social benefits: final report

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Birmingham: University of Birmingham. Institute of Applied Social Studies, 2010. 83p., bibliog.

Commissioned by the Department of Health, this report seeks to explore the potential social and economic benefits of future reform in adults social care and provide an overview of the options available to policy makers.

The papers main argument is that spending on adult socail care should be seen as investment that has the potential to save money in other parts of the system.

The report beings with a brief comment on the politics of social care reform.
It then explores some of the key rationales for reforming and improving adult social care: meeting social expectations, meeting basic human rights, reducing costs by preventing future needs and helping people regain independence, freeing people up to contribute as active citizens, and supporting carers to continue caring and contributing to society and the economy.

Section 4 discusses the key mechanism to deliver reform: strategic commissioning, collaboration between health and social care, personalisation, greater use of IT, and workforce reform.

Three scenarios for future funding are outlined, these are 'slow uptake (things remaining very much as they are now), 'solid progress' (similar stated aims of policy, with a greater effort to improve outcomes and deliver savings) and 'fully engaged' (sustained commitment to genuine change) and their implications discussed.

The report concludes that due to financial, demographic and social pressures a fully engaged scenario which develops a more rights-based approach, resulting in a broader range of social and economic benefits for users is the best option for the future.

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by jpflege | 2010-05-15 10:41 | 029 Social P.
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