This book explores the Care Trust concept promoted by central government for improving partnership working between health and social care. Using case studies and examples to raise current issues related to partnership working, it explains how Care Trusts are bridging the gap between health and social care, and considers how they are delivering more co-ordinated services and improved outcomes. All healthcare and social care professionals with responsibility for, involved in or affected by the new partnership working arrangements will find this book useful reading.
Part One: Partnership Working. What makes effective partnerships between health and social care? The Health Act 1999 Section 31 partnership 'flexibilities'. The Somerset story. Intermediate care. Partnership working - a service user perspective. Part Two: Care Trusts. Care Trusts - a positive option for service delivery. Care Trusts: a sceptical view. The Northumberland experience. The Sandwell experience. The Hampshire experience. Care Trusts: emerging themes and issues.