Integrating health and social care at the micro level: Health care professionals as care managers for older people

Kate Weiner, Jane Hughes, David Challis, Irene Pedersen

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    Abstract

    A common problem in the provision of coordinated long-term care is the separation of health and social care. The present government has been increasingly concerned with promoting convenient, user-centred services and improving integration of health and social care. One arrangement that could contribute to this for some older service users is for health care staff to act as care managers, coordinating the provision of both health and social care. This paper presents the findings of a survey of arrangements in place in local authorities for health staff to work as care managers for older people. This was designed to provide details about the range and scope of care management activities undertaken by health care professionals. Key areas of enquiry included: which kinds of health care staff undertook care management and in what settings; how long the arrangements had been in place and how widely available they were; whether there was a distinction between the types of cases and care management processes undertaken by health care staff compared with their social service department counterparts; and what management and training arrangements were in place for the health care staff.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)498-515
    Number of pages17
    JournalSocial Policy and Administration
    Volume37
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

    Keywords

    • Care management
    • Coordinated care
    • Integration
    • Nurse care managers
    • Social care
    • Social services

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