The integration of services has been NHS policy for a number of years, but how successfully has it been achieved? This book explores the issues from a social care perspective and examines changes in practice so far, particularly progress towards the overall aim of improving the experience of the service user and achieving 'seamless services'.
The clash between medically-driven and socially-driven approaches has long been discussed and the book considers whether these two approaches have now been reconciled, or whether the reality of modern service provision continues to create a range of power struggles and demoralization among the professional groups.
Table of Contents
Setting the scene: the past, the present and possible futuresGovernment Direction: A policy frameworkSocial Work as an Identity within Mental Health ServicesThe social perspective versus the medical perspective: have we found a middle ground?Ownership and the secondment of social work staffWholesale change?Working in partnershipHealth & social care budgets: will the fog ever lift?Integrated services: where do the service users fit in?Approved Mental Health Professionals: a Trojan horseThe experience of substance misuse: a word from the voluntary sectorFrom the other angle: a word from healthThe integration agenda: what have we learnt so far?