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Mapping hospital social work for older people

Final Report

Moriarty 2019 Mapping-aMoriarty, J., Steils, N. & Manthorpe, J. (2019) Mapping Hospital Social Work. London: NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit, The Policy Institute at King's, King's College London.  

Published March 2019

Jo Moriarty introduces the report on our blog.

 

 

 

Purpose

Reducing the number of delayed discharges of older people in hospital and avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions is a major policy concern.  However, little is known about what is happening in hospital social work and its potential to contribute to improving discharge arrangements and reducing unnecessary readmissions.  The purpose of this work was to provide review the evidence on the specific role, activities and costs of social work in hospitals and its impact on the quality of life and care of individuals (patients) and carers.

Timescale

2018-19

Research Team

Jo Moriarty, Nicole Steils and Jill Manthorpe

Funding

NIHR Policy Research Programme

Methods

The study involved a systematic mapping of research about hospital social work with older people published between 2000-2018.  The findings were shared with a panel of social work academics, service users and carers and practitioners to obtain their views.

Findings and Outputs

Moriarty, J., Steils, N. & Manthorpe, J. (2019) Mapping Hospital Social Work. London: NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit, The Policy Institute at King's, King's College London.  

A presentation on the study methodology was made to the 47th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology.

Impact

The study findings will inform practitioner and policy communities. The review findings have been shared in a meeting of policymakers and analysts at the Department of Health and Social Care.

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