1. Key Elements of Health and Social Care Services
1.1 There are 13 organisations in the UK known as health and social care regulators. Each organisation oversees one or more of the health and social care professions by regulating individual professionals across the UK. These organisations, also known as regulators, were set up to protect the public so that whenever you see a health or social care professional, whether private or in the NHS, you can be sure they meet the standards set by the relevant regulator. Care UK is a leading independent provider of health and social care services. Working in close partnership with local authorities and primary care trusts, we provide care and support for older people and those with learning disabilities as well as a range of healthcare services. These services include the operation of NHS walk-in centres, GP surgeries and treatment centres and the provision of a range of specialist mental health care including treatment for young people who self harm or have eating disorders.
Hospitals are managed by acute trusts. Acute trusts make sure that hospitals provide high-quality healthcare and that they spend their money efficiently. They also decide how a hospital will develop, so that services improve. Social care in the United Kingdom is defined as the provision of social work, personal care, protection or social support services to children or adults in need or at risk, or adults with needs arising from illness, disability, old age or poverty and their families and carers. That provision may have one or more of the following aims: to protect people who use care services, to preserve or advance physical or mental health, to promote independence and social inclusion, to improve opportunities and life chances, to strengthen families and to protect human rights in relation to people's social needs.
There are many different types of social care available. These include residential and domiciliary care, community support and...