Challenging professional roles: Lay carers' involvement in health care in the community

Susan Pickard, Sally Jacobs, Susan Kirk

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Abstract

The bulk of care in the community is carried out by lay carers. Recent policy initiatives to support them in the United Kingdom are outlined. There remains evidence of significant gaps in support from professional health and social-care workers including community nurses. This paper reports three studies of lay carers: those caring for older people, carers of technology-dependent children, and home-care workers involved in the "direct payments" scheme. Findings are reported in the areas of decisions about appropriate caring roles, the lay-professional boundary, training and respite opportunities and the expertise of lay carers. Recommendations for policy and practices are made.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-96
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Policy and Administration
Volume37
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003

Keywords

  • Caring roles
  • Lay carers
  • Public policy

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