The Open UniversitySkip to content

Managing care environments: reflections from research and practice

Reynolds, Jill and Peace, Sheila (2007). Managing care environments: reflections from research and practice. In: Aldgate, Jane; Healy, Lynne; Malcolm, Barris; Pine, Barbara; Rose, Wendy and Seden, Janet eds. Enhancing social work management: theory and best practice from the UK and USA. London: Jessica Kingsley, pp. 179–198.

Full text available as:
PDF (Not Set) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (274Kb)
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This chapter considers the role of senior staff in managing the use of space and the physical environment within care settings. These day and residential settings come under the broad umbrella of social work and social care but the care may also be organized from within health. This is a subject that does not appear on the curriculum of many management courses in the UK, but arguably it is critical in relation to social work and social care where managers are involved with residential homes, day centres and other provision where the physical environment can enhance or be detrimental towards service users' wellbeing. In such settings many activities go on under one roof, particularly in group care or when the care is provided in a person's own home. The care environment is complex and can be bounded within space, place, time and behaviour. Activities and time available compete or have different meanings for the participants. Managers have different kinds of relationships with workers and with service users. The environment in which care takes place often frames these.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 1-84310-515-2, 978-1-84310-515-2
Keywords: environment; territory; territorial net; privacy; managing care; boundaries
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Health and Social Care > Social Work
Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 7490
Depositing User: Jill Reynolds
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2011 00:42
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

View Item
Report issue / request change

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340