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Personalisation of social care: benefits and pitfalls for users of services and occupational therapists

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Abstract:

Central government policy emphasises increasingly the importance of users of services having choice and control in health and social care. The policy, particularly in social care, is known as 'personalisation'. The Department of Health explains this as a move away from the traditional welfare state to a consumer-type model of service provision. The policy is Janus faced. It undoubtedly has the potential to improve the quality of people's lives and to give occupational therapists the opportunity to use their skills and expertise. Equally, it comes with pitfalls carrying the potential to erode people's statutory rights to services and also to alter and possibly threaten the role of professionals.

Keywords: LEGISLATION; PERSONAL BUDGETS; PERSONALISATION

Document Type: Short Communication

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802210X12813483277260

Publication date: August 1, 2010

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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