Restructuring of health and social care is forcing many services to close or become streamlined and managers have had to find new ways to ensure they get financial support to continue services' delivery.
Social Care Task is based on interpersonal relationships which require empathy, strong communication skills, self-awareness, and an ability to use critical reflection. Teamwork and interdisciplinary work are also important in social care practice.
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The best practice would suggest that in a time of economic and budgetary constraints, collaboration with the local primary care trusts, community organizations, and the third sector institutions would prevail.
Sharing responsibilities would also promote health and psychosocial well-being among service users as well as reducing the need for admissions into nursing homes or hospital admissions.
Advancement in technology changing and the methods of working:
Capturing quality practice-based evidence from service users and their families could be made simple by developing and implementing scorecard systems so that individuals who come to the service can tell us things.
This could be on a scale of one to five, for example, telling us how depressed they feel about their care; how they feel about their health; how many falls they had in the last one month, and how to improve services further.
These questions or surveys could be repeated every three to six months in order to compare and contrast findings.
The information gathered would help determine investment in human resources and hospital avoidance strategies necessary to support older people and the other vulnerable groups to be cared for in the community for as long as possible.