Social care and health inequalities
UK and WHO Policy
Social work and social care’s contribution to addressing social and health inequalities is a timely discussion. In April 2013, local authorities took on the responsibility for public health and the integration of these functions will increase joint working for tackling inequalities. The Public Health Outcomes Framework and the Framework for Adult Social Care outcomes are intended to enable the health and care system to work together to support people to live better for longer.
The adult social care outcomes include:
- Domain 1: Enhancing the quality of life for people with care and support needs
- Domain 2: Delaying and reducing the need for care and support
- Domain 3: Ensuring people have a positive experience of care and support
- Domain 4: Safeguarding people whose circumstances make them vulnerable and protecting from avoidable harm.
- Department of Health Guidance: Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework 2013 to 2014
- Department of Health news story - Public health outcomes framework sets out desired outcomes
- HM Government (2010) 'Healthy lives, healthy people: Our strategy for public health in England.' London: Department of Health.
- HM Government (2011) 'No Health without mental health: A cross government outcomes strategy for people of all ages.' London: The Stationery Office.
- Marmot, M. (2010) 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives – the Marmot Review. Strategic review of Health Inequalities in England – post 2010. '
- Marmot, M. (2012) 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives', Plenary presentation at the Joint World Social Work and Social Development conference, Stockholm, Sweden. July 7-12, 2012.
WHO/ International Policy
- Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH)(2008) 'Closing the Gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health'.
- World Health Organisation (WHO) (2011) Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health. World Conference on the Social Determinants of Health.
Global Agenda for social work
- IFSW (International Federation of Social Workers) (2012) 'Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: A commitment for action.