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NIASW Response to The Donaldson Report Recommendations

The NIASW response to The Donaldson Report Recommendations consultation questionnaire.

In general NIASW welcome the implementation of a shift from hospital to community based care.  This report is very focused on the medical aspect of health and care provision and NIASW would urge consideration of the wider multi-disciplinary professions. Social work is positively placed to deliver Transforming your Care.

It is imperative to reduce bureaucracy demands to free up staff time.

One area of concern will be taking difficult decisions regarding transfer of funding from the acute to the community sectors.  The challenge will be to establish a new health and social care system which takes the best of what we currently have, learning from international models of best practice whilst not increasing the levels of bureaucracy.