The Roles and Tasks of Care Managers in Wales

Morag McGrath (Centre for Social Policy, Research and Development, University of Wales, Bangor)
Gordon Grant (Centre for Social Policy, Research and Development, University of Wales, Bangor)
Paul Ramcharan (Centre for Social Policy, Research and Development, University of Wales, Bangor)
Kerry Caldock (Centre for Social Policy, Research and Development, University of Wales, Bangor)
Beth Parry‐Jones (Centre for Social Policy, Research and Development, University of Wales, Bangor)
Catherine Robinson (Centre for Social Policy, Research and Development, University of Wales, Bangor)

Journal of Integrated Care

ISSN: 1476-9018

Publication date: 1 December 1996

Abstract

Based on a postal survey in 1995 of all front‐line staff in Wales with an assessment and/or care management role, findings are reported about how tasks and roles were operationalised following the full introduction of the new community care in April 1993. Further information was obtained by interviews with managers in health and social services. Only a fifth of social services posts were designated or titled as care management posts. The majority of these workers were located in services for elderly and physically disabled people. Although few had a specific budget, the majority considered that they had greater control over financial resources than before April 1993. The analysis of tasks undertaken by front‐line staff shows that there remains a broad overlap between the roles of care managers and social workers. The results highlight the nature of increasing demands on staff and raise issues about the impact of increased workloads and administration on service quality. They also highlight tensions between care management and traditional professional roles. Some pointers for continuing debate are provided.

Citation

McGrath, M., Grant, G., Ramcharan, P., Caldock, K., Parry‐Jones, B. and Robinson, C. (1996), "The Roles and Tasks of Care Managers in Wales", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 4 No. 6, pp. 185-194. https://doi.org/10.1108/14769018199600027

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