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Modernisation and the delivery of user-centred services

Denise Tanner

in Modernising social work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420060
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302827 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420060.003.0007
Modernisation and the delivery of user-centred services

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This chapter examines specific areas of conflict and constraint in achieving a ‘modernising’ vision of services that promote independence, well being, and choice, focusing mainly on older people's experiences of social-care services. After summarising what quality of life means from older people's perspectives, it discusses areas of practice in which various facets of the modernisation agenda's managerialism appear to be obstructing the delivery of user-centred services. One is the tension between the need for timely intervention that supports older people's coping strategies and the managerial policies and practices which seek to ration, restrict, and delay service provision. Another is the significance of disjunctions between policy discourses, managerial concerns, and service-user understandings and prioritisations of need. The chapter also assesses the potential of current policy directions, in particular the extension of direct payments and the introduction of individual budgets, to deliver support that is more closely attuned to the needs and preferences of service users.

Keywords: modernisation; social-care services; older people; quality of life; managerialism; user-centred services; coping strategies; direct payments; individual budgets; service users

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