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'We are not blaming anyone but if we don't know about amenities we cannot seek them out': black and minority older people's views on the quality of local health and personal social services in England

Manthorpe, J; Iliffe, S; Moriarty, J; Cornes, M; Clough, R; Bright, L; Rapaport, J; (2009) 'We are not blaming anyone but if we don't know about amenities we cannot seek them out': black and minority older people's views on the quality of local health and personal social services in England. Ageing and Society , 29 (1) 93 - 113. 10.1017/S0144686X08007502. Green open access

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Abstract

Improving access to culturally-appropriate services and enhancing responses to the needs of older people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds were among the aims of the National Service Framework for Older People (NSFOP) that was introduced in England in 2001. Progress in meeting the aims of the NSFOP was evaluated by a mid-term independent review led by the Healthcare Commission, the body responsible for regulating health-care services in England. This paper reports the consultation with older people that underpinned the evaluation. It focuses on the views and experiences of older people from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups and of the staff that work in BME voluntary organisations. A rapid appraisal approach was used in 10 purposively selected local councils, and plural methods were used, including public listening events, nominal groups and individual interviews. In total 1,839 older people participated in the consultations and 1,280 (70%) completed a monitoring form. Some 30 per cent defined themselves as of a minority ethnic background. The concerns were more about the low recognition of culturally-specific and language needs than for the development of services exclusively for BME older people.

Type: Article
Title: 'We are not blaming anyone but if we don't know about amenities we cannot seek them out': black and minority older people's views on the quality of local health and personal social services in England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X08007502
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X08007502
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2008 Cambridge University Press
Keywords: black and minority ethnic older people, UK National Service Framework for Older People, consultation, health services, social care
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Primary Care and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/63415
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