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Background information on Leonard Cheshire and The Leonard Cheshire Organisation.

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Introduction. Our class had a talk with Sonia Chapple, the care manager of the Leonard Cheshire West Devon Enabling Scheme to gain more information about how an organisation like this fits into the national framework. In this discussion the following topics were covered-the history of the foundation, hierarchy, funding, demographic characteristics and how the scheme fits into the national framework. Background information on Leonard Cheshire and The Leonard Cheshire Organisation. Leonard Cheshire was born in Chester in 1917, the son of Geoffrey Cheshire, Professor of Law at Oxford. He was commissioned into the Royal Air Force on the outbreak of World War Two. He was the most decorated bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force and had three Distinguished Service Orders (with two bars), a Distinguished Flying Cross and the Victoria Cross. On his 101st mission over enemy territory, on August 9th 1945, at the age of 27; he became an official observer at the dropping of the second nuclear bomb of the war on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. This was a major turning point in his life and he flew back to Marianas a changed man. From that time on his inner feelings were those of saving lives rather than taking them. In 1959 he married Susan Ryder- the founder of her own charity, Sue Ryder Care. But it was his deeds after the war, which proved more rewarding when he established an organisation, which was to become the internationally acclaimed Leonard Cheshire Foundation, which cares and provides homes for many thousands of disabled individuals throughout the world. As Cheshire wrote in his autobiography: - "It all started for me quite innocently with a telephone call. A pleasant voice announced the matron of the hospital in Petersfield and said that Mr Arthur Dykes, with whom she understood I was acquainted, was lying in hospital suffering from an advanced stage of cancer. ...read more.


However, she has to contact the volunteer to make sure that they are happy about helping the prospective client. If it found that they are happy with the idea then Sonia will inform the Social Services of this. Once everything has been arranged the client will meet the volunteer to see how they interact and if they get on. If the client and volunteer do get on then Sonia will report back to Social Services. Analysis of how the Enabling Scheme interacts with Social Services. Good Points. * Sonia is in constant contact with Social Services informing them how everything is getting on. * The client and volunteer have a chance to meet before anything final is settled. * Sonia is present at their first meeting so she is on hand in case any problems arise. * Social Services assess the client first so if it is decided that the enabling scheme is not suitable for them Sonia does not have to loose time deciding this. Bad Points. * The client and volunteer do not have a chance to meet without Sonia so that they can get to know each other on a one-to-one basis. * Sonia spends a lot of time organising meetings and phoning clients, volunteers and Social Services. The bad points could be improved if- 1. The client and volunteer have a chance to meet again after their first meeting, where Sonia was present, without anyone else present so they are given more of an opportunity to interact and gain more knowledge about each other so they do not feel awkward around each other if it is decided that the client will use the scheme. 2. There could be someone appointed to organise the meetings and phone the clients and volunteers which would give Sonia more time to give to another aspect of the scheme. The National Framework. The Secretary of State for Health is responsible for both health and social services in England. ...read more.


* Encourage the development of the independent sector alongside good-quality public provision. * Clarify the responsibilities of both the social services and health authorities and to hold them accountable for their performance. * Secure better value for taxpayers' money by introducing a new funding structure for social and health care. The Act emphasises a care management approach, based on the assessment of individual need and the designing of tailor-made packages of care. It is important because it introduces a difference between the purchasing and providing of care. The Act also encourages more involvement of private and voluntary sectors in the provision of services. The Act places an obligation on health authorities to ensure that: * Health service staff contribute towards needs-led assessments * Appropriate health care is provided. * Reviews of individual health care needs take place and service provisions are revised accordingly Local authorities are also required to: * Communicate assessments and decisions regarding service provisions to the individual * Feed back information regarding changing community care needs into a planning system * Publish information to all users of services on the range of community services available This Act affects the Enabling Scheme as it is promoting the idea of people saying at home which in turn means that institutes such as large mental homes will be closed. This means that more people will apply for the Enabling Scheme. This may affect the amount of funding that the scheme receives as there will be more clients so the scheme will require more money. * A rise in funding will benefit the scheme * A rise in clients may not as the number of volunteers may not rise with this so there will be a shortage. * If large mental institutes are closed down then more publicity will come to the scheme, as people will be looking for alternatives. This may benefit the scheme. * This Act also benefits the clients as it tries to keep people in their own community so they will be able to stay in an area they know with people they know. ...read more.

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