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Carers, choice and personalisation: what do we know?

Larkin, Mary and Mitchell, Wendy (2016). Carers, choice and personalisation: what do we know? Social Policy and Society, 15(2) pp. 189–205.

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Abstract

Despite the long-term strategic shift to personalisation, with its emphasis on choice and control for those who use public services, there has been relatively little policy consideration of family carers’ choice within personalisation. The relationship between carers and personalisation also remains under-researched. This article is based on a review of existing knowledge around personalisation. It shows that carer choice is highly complex, not least because of the multifaceted and paradoxical nature of the concept of choice itself. The review demonstrates that choice for carers within personalisation is no less complex and is subject to new and overlapping variables which do not necessarily lead to improved choice for carers. In light of the limited empirical evidence about carers, choice and personalisation, the introduction of the Care Act 2014, and the importance of frontline practice in securing choice for carers, recommendations are made for future research and social work policy and practice.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1475-3073
Keywords: choice; carers; carer choice; personalisation; adult social care
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 43507
Depositing User: Mary Larkin
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 15:26
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 20:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43507
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