[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 2, September 2012].
This Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) document summarises findings from a study into the evidence on good practice in social care for disabled and older people with severe and complex needs. It identifies examples of good practice and offers recommendations for the evaluation of such care.
The authors base their findings on a review of the research evidence, and surveyed this group of people, their carers and the specialist organisations in the field about what these people want from their social care, what works best and what they consider to be good support.
This review found a shortage of evidence about the outcomes and costs of models of social care for people with complex needs. None of the services had been evaluated formally. There is an urgent need for rigorous evaluation of the various models of support for this group of people.
Gridley, K. Brooks, J. [and] Glendinning, C. (2012). Good support for people with complex needs: what does it look like and where is the evidence? London: NIHR School for Social Care Research / York: Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), August 2012. (Research findings). 4p.