Professional Care for the Elderly Mentally Ill

  • Liz Matthew

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Deborah Cavanagh
    Pages 15-31
  3. Steve Pugh
    Pages 60-81
  4. Carol Ainsworth
    Pages 95-118
  5. Bob Spall, Hazel Smith
    Pages 137-157
  6. Andrew Yates
    Pages 158-181
  7. John Casson
    Pages 205-216
  8. Steve Pugh
    Pages 217-241
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 261-265

About this book

Introduction

Services to older people with mental health problems have gone through radical change in recent years. Legislation has had a profound effect by dictating how care to older people is delivered both within hospital and within the community. The recent government agenda emphasizes cost effectiveness, value for money and accountability. This, too, is an important driving force in re-evaluat­ ing the service, although not everyone would agree with many of the proposed strategies and there are clearly different views as to the appropriateness of many of the services. One thing is certain, however - the move towards interdiscipli­ nary working is here to stay. Not all change has been led by legislation, and many innovations have been founded in the day-to-day practices in the care of older people with mental health problems. A service, of course, does not become integrated merely by imposing joint­ working on a number of professionally based disciplines, and in many ways this may not be desirable. At its worst it produces duplication, where people from different background are all doing the same job. This is not the intention of joint-working, instead it should attempt to improve the quality of service by a rich mix of skills and experience from a number of related disciplines.

Keywords

IRA Innovation Mental Health assessment care development empowerment health hospital quality service strategy therapy treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Liz Matthew
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryTameside and Glossop Community and Priority Services NHS TrustUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-3015-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-58990-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-3015-6
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