The intersection of employment and care: evidence from a UK case study

Milne, Alisoun and Brigden, Charlotte L. and Palmer, Ann P. and Konta, Elina (2012) The intersection of employment and care: evidence from a UK case study. European Journal of Social Work . ISSN 1369-1457 (Print); 1468-2664 (Online). (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2012.724388

Abstract

Working carers are a key focus of UK policies on health and social care and employment. Complementing national and European evidence, this paper presents a local case study of working carers. It draws on data from a county-wide survey containing a module on caring. Data were primarily categorical and were analysed using SPSS. Three quarters of all carers who responded to the survey were of working age: two thirds were employed and one third had been employed previously. The majority of working carers were mid-life extra-resident women. Over half of cared for relatives were elderly parents/in law; ‘physical illness’ was the primary cause of dependency. A tenth provided intensive care and half reported that caring adversely affected their health. Both were triggers for leaving employment. Two thirds of households received input from services and/or friends/family; being a co-resident carer appeared to mitigate against service allocation. Four issues were identified as pivotal to facilitating employment: access to advice and information, the availability of a matrix of affordable good-quality social-care services, ‘joined up’ needs assessment of the carer and cared for person, and employers identifying carers in their workforce. Europe's ageing profile underscores the study's timeliness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Working Carers; Care Services; Employers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 09:57
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2014 15:14
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30873 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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