Commission for Social Care Inspection
01 January 2009
The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) - the former regulator for social care - produced an annual report on the state of social care in England. Melanie Henwood and Bob Hudson were commissioned to undertake special studies for the report in 2008 and 2009.
Lost to the System explored the impact of Fair Access to Care policies and what happens to adults with social care needs who fail to gain access to council social services. This report formed the basis for a chapter in Part 2 of the annual CSCI report on The State of Social Care in England 2006-07.
Following the report's publication the then Care Services Minister (then Ivan Lewis MP) asked CSCI to undertake a review of eligibility criteria to look at definitions of need and their application at local level. The report, Cutting the Cake Fairly was published in October 2008. A number of supporting documents and evidence were also published and two of these were co-authored by Melanie and Bob.
Keeping it Personal was again co-authored with Bob Hudson for the Commission for Social Care Inspection. The study examined the effectiveness of the response of councils and other agencies to people with 'complex needs'. This report formed the basis for a chapter in Part 2 of the annual CSCI report on The State of Social Care in England 2007-08. This was the final annual report to be published by CSCI, and since April 2009 the work of CSCI has been taken over by the Care Quality Commission.