Care management and the care programme approach: towards integration in old age mental health services

Hughes, Jane and Stewart, Karen and Challis, David J. and Darton, Robin and Weiner, Kate (2001) Care management and the care programme approach: towards integration in old age mental health services. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16 (3). pp. 266-272. ISSN 0885-6230. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Objective To examine the relationship between care management arrangements and the Care Programme Approach (CPA) in the context of old age mental health services and, particularly, dementia services. Method The information reported is from a national study of care management arrangements, funded by the Department of Health. A response rate of 77 per cent was obtained from local authority social services departments. Results In old age mental health services over half of the respondents reported joint screening arrangements for health and social care, almost four-fifths reported both joint criteria for the allocation of key workers and a clear definition of monitoring responsibilities. Of the latter over two-fifths were reported as being the same in care management and the CPA. Forty-six per cent of respondents provided a specialist service for people with dementia. Three-fifths of respondents reported that they did not apply CPA to people with dementia who were in receipt of care management or did so in less than 20 per cent of cases. Where the CPA was applied it was more likely that a priority would be accorded to care management. A quarter of respondents reported the shared use of assessment documentation for people with dementia. Discussion The findings are set in the context of service developments to date and the implementation of the two systems of community based coordinated care for older people with mental health problems. Inter-authority variations are noted and the potential for greater service integration within the current legislative framework assessed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: care management; care programme approach; old age mental health services; dementia
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
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