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The '2005 National Framework for Service Change in the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland' promoted the need for NHS service delivery in local communities rather than in hospitals, and to develop a systematic approach for the most vulnerable (especially older people) with long term conditions with a view to managing their conditions at home or in the community and reducing the chance of hospitalization. This combined with the recognition of an aging population encouraged service redesign in a Scottish health region with the focus on community assessment of older people with mental health needs.
To establish and assess the functioning of a joint Health and Social Services enhanced assessment and support team (EAST) for community-dwelling elders with significant mental health needs living in a Scottish health region, and to determine the impact of this team on mental health hospital services.
Prospective three-year data collection of local service activity involving EAST, and both inpatient and day hospital facilities for older adults with mental health problems.
EAST assessed 111 patients during the study, 83% with a diagnosis of dementia. The mean duration of assessment was 6 weeks with 9% of patients receiving an overnight home assessment and 6% requiring hospital admission. Overall there was a substantial reduction in utilization of both acute admission beds and day hospital placements.
Multi-agency community assessment of older adults with mental health problems can be addressed effectively without recourse to hospital admission, which may allow resource release for further service developments.
Labour Law offers a comprehensive and critical account of the subject by a team of prominent labour lawyers, and includes both collective labour rights and individual employment rights. By placing the law in its social, economic and political contexts, and showing how the law works in practice through case-studies, students will acquire not only a good knowledge of the law but also an appreciation of its importance and the complexity of the issues. Fully updated with recent developments in the field, the text's clear structure, logical chapter organisation, and uncluttered text design combine to make it a truly accessible way into the subject. Suitable for undergraduates and postgraduates studying UK Labour and Employment law, this book is a must-read for those wishing to excel in the field.