180 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Sep 1995
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Planning and Costing Community Care

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Care professionals constantly confront the problem of balancing the need to obtain optimal satisfaction of users' needs without regard for their means, with the concerns of managers and policy makers to measure and regulate costs. Drawing on current research, this book assesses the issues and problems arising as social work and services departments learn how to implement the new community care legislation.It is based on the view that costing care must entail a synthesis of the different philosophies of care, entitlement and public accountability; this includes welfare professionals whose focus in on the needs of the client, managers and policy makers whose focus in on the public costs of welfare, and users and their families who have most to gain or lose.Drawing on the experience of researchers, practitioners and managers, the book explores the development of policies for different types of service and support, and application of assessment tools. In particular, the problem of estimating costs and evaluating alternatives is examined. The practicalities of costing individual care packages for different client groups are critically examined, alongside the implications of devolved budgeting and fee charging.
'Clearly show[s] how far there is to go in working out the cost of care services, and more importantly, in relating financial costs to the value of care, and the mandate of those who have the job of delivering it.'- Issues in Social Work Education'This is an accessible and handy text, which I would recommend to managers and practitioners in community care wishing to gain further insights into care management systems and the ways cost management can be addressed within them... I intend keeping this book at the desk end of my bookcase.'- Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities'What the book demonstrates most clearly is "that implementing care management is a massive and complex undertaking surrounded by huge uncertainties". The gulf between policy and reality is also underlined... This book seeks not so much to offer ready-made solutions as to develop understanding of complex issues on the basis of research and practical experience.'- The Health Service Journal'As well as a number of chapters on different aspects of care management, the contents focus on the independent sector, costs and budgets, and costing care needs; and the costs of informal care... this publication will be of value to professionals and managers.'- Community Care'Practitioners and researchers will find plenty of interest and use. Case studies such as Bannerman and Robertson's (on introducing community care to Tayside) are informative and stimulating.'- Social Policy
Chris Clark is senior lecturer in social work at the University of Edinburgh. Irvine Lapsley is Professor of Accounting and Director of the Institute of Public Sector Accounting Research at the University of Edinburgh
Introduction, Chris Clark and Irvine Lapsley, University of Edinburgh. 1. Care management: putting the principles into practice, Alison Petch, University of Glasgow. 2. Assessing and managing care: what future for the independent sector? Stephen Maxwell, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, and Mike Titterton, independent training and research consultant. 3. Care management practice: lessons from the USA, Phyllis J. Sturges, San Jose State University, California. 4. The assessment process, Terry McLean, Robert Gordon University. 5. Care management: a manager's perspective, Laura Bannerman and Bill Robertson Tayside Regional Council. 6. Care management: meeting different needs, Lorna Cameron and Isobel Freeman, Strathclyde Regional Council. 7. Costs, budgets and community care, Irvine Lapsley, University of Edinburgh. 8. Costing care needs for disabled people: an accounting approach, Margaret King and Sue Llewellyn, University of Edinburgh. 9. The costs of informal care, Ann Netten, University of Kent. Caring, costs and values: a concluding comment, Chris Clark, University of Edinburgh.
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