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Regulation in adult services

Purpose

The regulation in adult services research project undertook a literature-based 'scoping exercise' of the key issues in the regulation of social care, informing this analysis with a synthesis of the views of a range of key stakeholders. 

Research team

Jill Manthorpe
Michelle Cornes
Peter Huxley, Swansea University

Funding

Department of Health

Background

Professional regulation has a long history in the UK; recent developments have explained the scope of regulation within social care services to a greater proportion of its workforce and to a wider section of its services.

Regulation is both a process and a system: measures of its effectiveness are few, and public confidence is at times undermined by high-profile 'scandals'. We know little of the impact of the new systems, or how to assess their outcomes, and little of the perspectives of system administrators, service users or carers.

Methods

A meta-analysis of the literature, the construction of a matrix of key indicators and interviews of key stakeholders.

Timetable

July – November 2005, with dissemination until January 2007

Output

Cornes, M., Manthorpe, J., Huxley, P. & Evans, S., (2007), 'Developing wider workforce regulation in England: Lessons from education, social work and social care', Journal of Interprofessional Care, 21(3): 241-250.
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