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DP0805 Managing Risk in a High Blame Environment: Making a ‘Flight Deck’ Simulation in Childcare

Abstract Within the everyday work of child welfare services, concern about potential culpability for preventable harm to children known to services is a pre-occupation for practitioners and managers. The… read more

DP0807 Initial Estimates of the Impact of the New NHS Dental Contract on England and Wales

Abstract Introduction: UK NHS dental services face a number of well documented difficulties and there are concerns that a key reason is the level and structure of the ‘traditional’… read more

DP0806 Has Social Care Performance in England Improved? An Analysis of Performance Ratings across Social Services Organisations

Abstract: Performance measurement in the English public sector has been implemented in a top-down manner.  The mechanics of this regime (centralised targets, public reporting of performance data and the… read more

DP0801 Does Judicial Review Influence the Quality of Local Authority Services?

Abstract: This paper raises some of the key issues that have emerged from our study of the impact of judicial review litigation on the quality of local government services… read more

DP0705 Comparing For Improvement: Local Government Performance Regimes in England, Scotland and Wales.

Abstract: This paper describes the origins, operation and impact of three performance regimes in England (Comprehensive Performance Assessment), Scotland (Best Value Audits) and Wales (Wales Programme for Improvement). The… read more

DP0704 Managing the Discharge and Post-acute Care of Hospital Inpatients: Notes from Camden and Islington, London

Abstract: This article examines the discharge and post-acute care of hospital inpatients. It arises out of research funded to investigate the implementation of the Community Care Act (2003) –… read more

DP0703 Can we tell if government policies are working? Interpreting government data on delayed discharges from hospitals

Abstract: Reducing the number of patients whose discharge from hospital is delayed has been the focus of recent government policy. The 2003 Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Act was enacted… read more

DP0702 Survey on the implementation of the Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Act (2003)

Abstract: This article describes a survey of Social Service Departments (SSDs) in England on the implementation of the Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Act (2003) which was legislated to help… read more