Social care for men with long term conditions: disability, masculinity and agency

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Hannah Morgan examines a study on social care for disabled men living with long term conditions and discovers the importance of agency, choice and control.

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E-markets and micros: evidence for the future of social care?

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Sarah Carr takes an unusual step of appraising a ‘think tank’ research report on e-marketplaces for social care and discusses the work in relation to the broader context of evidence-based policy.

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Direct Payments: Are they working well for people with learning disabilities or dementia who lack mental capacity to consent?

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Alex Leeder looks at the experiences of using ‘indirect’ payments in a qualitative study of the experiences of practitioners and ‘suitable’ people.

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Policy impacts on home care services for older people

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Mike Clark provides a timely commentary on research into the impact of personalisation on home care services for older people and finds inherent tensions between choice, competition and the desire for improving the relational aspects of direct care.

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Individual Service Funds work well for people, but we also need to learn from when things don’t go so well

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Individual Service Funds offer the opportunity for flexible, person centred responses by providers. But in order to achieve this flexibility, commissioners need to break down larger block contracts to make funds available.

Here, Nick Burton looks at an evaluation of such a disaggregation of funds that took place in the London Borough of Southwark.

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QVC or CQC? How people make choices about social care

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Martin Webber takes on a systematic review about choice and decision-making in health and social care by people with disabilities and long term conditions and, among other things, finds relevant evidence for personalisation and inspection.

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Direct payments, dementia and 'suitable persons'

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Jeanne Carlin examines a study looking at how direct payments to ‘suitable persons’ might work for people with dementia, their carers and practitioners.

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What works for whom in support planning by ULOs?

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Gerry Bennison explores a study on support planning by user led organisations and wonders about the implications for personalisation and equality of access to social care and support.

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Extra care housing vs nursing homes for disabled older people

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In her exploration of a Canadian study into extra care housing for older disabled people, Jo Moriatry gives a critical view of the research and offers some insights into what it means for the UK policy and practice context.

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