A summary of social care stories from the main newspapers

    By Clare Jerrom and Reg McKay.

    Sex case counsellors awarded damages

    Two counsellors of some of Britain’s worst sex offenders
    won damages from the Prison Service yesterday.

    Prison officers Geoffrey Mundell and Barry Bigby were diagnosed
    with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of spending four
    years dealing with inmates at Albany prison on the Isle of
    Wight.

    The Prison Service settled claims before the start of a hearing
    at the High Court in London. Mundell was awarded £150,000 and
    Bigby received £35,000.

    Both prison officers had been working on a sex offenders’
    treatment programme at Albany since 1992. The prison, which
    contains many sex offenders, was one of five chosen to carry out
    the programme.

    Mundell and Bigby received one week’s training and were
    expected to tackle the offenders’ distorted beliefs about
    sex. Part of the course involved role-playing.

    Mundell became ill in 1995 suffering nightmares, flashbacks,
    moods, guilt and loss of self-confidence.

    A psychiatrist’s report found he started to think of
    himself as an abuser and had bad dreams about abusing children.

    Bigby developed a phobia of children brought on by the sight of
    them, according to documents submitted for the case.

    Bigby’s psychologist wrote: “He now imagines sexual abuse
    to be occurring when it is not and he has become excessively
    concerned about being misunderstood himself when he is around
    children.”

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 6 June 2001 page 4


    Couple win right to NHS treatment

    Publicity over “postcode prescribing” has enabled an older
    couple to obtain treatment for Alzheimer’s disease on the
    NHS.

    Thomas and Barbara Woodward received medication free when they
    lived in Swindon. But after moving to Northampton they were told
    they would have to pay for it privately.

    Mr Woodward was told he would have to pay £165 a month for
    the drug Aricept for his wife, who has the illness.

    His concern was that he could not afford the treatment and
    feared his wife’s condition would deteriorate.

    Following publicity of the case, Northampton Healthcare Trust
    said guidelines had been introduced which would make the drug
    freely available to those who needed it.

    The trust’s chief executive John Rom said: “New guidelines
    have been distributed. Anyone who is on Aricept will not be denied
    access to that drug on the NHS – for instance people moving
    into the area.”

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 6 June 2001 page 4


    To boldly, oldly go

    Access to transport and health provision should be included in
    home care services for older people, according to a survey
    published this week.

    Researchers at the University of Salford’s institute for
    health and social care found that regular, trained carers who
    listened to clients, and kept them informed of what tasks might be
    expected of them, of aids and adaptations to promote independence,
    and of changes in carers, were valued very highly.

    The survey report, “Quality at home for older people”, was based
    on interviews with 143 older people living in Manchester, asking
    them what they wanted from home care services.

    It also suggested the NHS could improve the quality of care by
    providing a prescription pick-up and delivery service and more
    treatment at home.

    Source:- Guardian Society Wednesday 6 June 2001 page
    4


    Unwelcome control

    Government backs down over New Deal disability proposal.

    Source:- Guardian Society Wednesday 6 June 2001 page
    4


    A vote loser

    Labour’s failure on manifesto access.

    Source:- Guardian Society Wednesday 6 June 2001 page
    4


    Lend an ear

    To mark national volunteers week, Matt Barnard looks at why the
    Samaritans themselves are in need of help.

    Source:- Guardian Society Wednesday 6 June 2001 page
    6


    Pathfinder for the needy

    Rosemary Maguire, first Parkinson’s disease nurse.

    Source:- Guardian Society Wednesday 6 June 2001 page
    11


    Forgotten army

    Carers of people with mental health problems don’t get
    much support. Marcia White on initiatives to change this.

    Source:- Guardian Society Wednesday 6 June 2001 page
    120-119


    Faith, soup and charity

    Welfare provision brings a continuing relevance to church.

    Source:- Guardian Society Wednesday 6 June 2001 page
    119

    Scottish newspapers

    Services head for meltdown

    The crisis over care of older people deepened last night as
    private residential and nursing home owners threatened to evict
    2,585 residents in Lanarkshire unless their fees are increased. NHS
    doctors warned that the situation could lead to a breakdown in
    health services as more beds are filled by older people
    inappropriately.

    Scottish Care, the organisation that represents 800 of
    Scotland’s 1,100 private care units, has already banned new
    admission to nursing homes in Grampian and has promised further
    action within days. Scottish Care is now seeking an increase in
    fees of £50 per resident per week to maintain current levels
    of service.

    North Lanarkshire Council director of social work Jim Dickie
    said more money had already been offered to the private units but
    rejected by them. South Lanarkshire Council’s head of older
    people’s services Andrew Reid said that they would contribute
    to a national working group to resolve the issue.

    A Scottish Executive spokesperson said it would convene an
    urgent meeting with the local authorities concerned and Scottish
    Care in an effort to resolve the issue.

    Source:- The Scotsman Wednesday 6 June 2001 page 1

     

     

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