Social care and health inequalities

Create and develop sustainable places and communities

SCIE Research briefing 22: Obstacles to using and providing rural social care

The comparative disadvantage that some rural people experience in regard to welfare services, education, employment, income and life chances are well established.  The briefing focuses on some of the most common obstacles to using and providing health and social care services in rural areas.

SCIE Report 38: Supporting black and minority ethnic older people's mental wellbeing: accounts of social care practice

This report looks at practitioners' accounts of their practice in promoting the wellbeing of older people from BME backgrounds in four parts of the UK. It is based on interviews with over 80 participants including practitioners, managers, volunteers, BME older people, and family carers and includes various examples of preventative work in the field.

SCIE Research briefing 35: Black and minority ethnic people with dementia and their access to support and services

This briefing discusses the barriers currently faced by BME people in accessing dementia care services and some of the ways in which services can become better at responding to the needs of BME people in their locality.

Connecting people: an exploratory study of how health and social care workers help people to develop and maintain relationships

  • To examine how social care practitioners are helping people with mental health problems to access more social capital through discussions with and observations of social care workers in a range of NHS mental health services and voluntary sector services.
  • To investigate how social care practitioners help people to develop new social relationships and to feel secure in these.
  • To investigate how practitioners help people with mental health problems make use of the power, prestige, wealth or abilities of individuals they know to help them move on in their lives.

The Connecting People Intervention Practice Guidance provides a framework for practice in helping people develop their social networks. It has been developed from an ethnographic study of social care practice and is currently being piloted in sites across England. More information about the practice and the research surrounding it can be found at connecting people study website. .

SCIE Social Care TV: Gypsies and travellers

Gypsies and travellers are the largest minority ethnic group in many local authorities. They experience high levels of stigma and discrimination. These resources support good practice and communications in working with gypsies and travellers, helping practitioners to understand cross-cultural and social differences.

SCIE At a glance 42: Personalisation briefing: Implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people

This At a glance briefing explores what personalisation means for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. It looks at some of the main issues and examples of good practice.

SCIE Guide 17: The participation of adult service users, including older people, in developing social care

Service users now play an increasingly important role in efforts to improve social care services. This guide focuses on how practitioners and managers can initiate and sustain the participation of adult service users, including older people, in ways that empower service users and reflect a shared commitment to developing social care services in a more democratic way.