A supply chain management approach for home care re-ablement in the North West of England

Chamoun, Rachel
A supply chain management approach for home care re-ablement in the North West of England. PhD thesis, University of Liverpool.

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There are critical concerns regarding the current state of the adult social care system in England. A number of factors such as the steady increase in life expectancy, financial cutbacks, and growing inefficiencies within the current system highlight the need for major reform. The prevalence of our aging population is increasing, and the financial burden associated with care continues to rise. Both acute and long-term care are affected equally. These changes are placing significant strain on adult social care, prompting the need for management efficiencies and more transparent information flow to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of health and social care. A major focus on early intervention and prevention services, such as home care re-ablement, is important because of the cost implications associated with providing excellent care to older people whilst offering options where possible to improve quality of life and incorporate patient preference. To understand how improvements can be made to the current care system, evidence is drawn from case-study analysis of Wirral, Liverpool and Knowsley, along with an in-depth literature review. This thesis highlights a multitude of issues affecting adult social care. The most significant findings during data collection were the obvious similarities between supply chain theory and concepts within social care and home care re-ablement. Where applicable, supply chain principles can bridge the gap and facilitate more streamlined coordination spanning multiple care providers in the supply network and reduce redundancies in the operation design, planning and control processes. As supply chain theory is fundamental to many adjacent faculties, this thesis strongly supports its use and application to social care and re-ablement. Fundamental supply chain management principles are not new, yet application of them to adult social care is unconventional and innovative. Development of an appropriate supply chain management infrastructure is essential to dramatically re-shape the future of adult social care.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: Date: 2015-03 (completed)
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2015 15:13
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2022 01:38
DOI: 10.17638/02012519
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2012519