K101 Tma02

Part A
‘The care and support that we provide for people should enable them to make the most of their lives’ (DH, 2006, p.13). How successful are health and/or social care services in achieving this aim?
Health care, as defined in the Oxford Dictionary is “the organised provision of medical care to individuals or a community”. Social care is defined as “the organised work intended to advance the social conditions of an individual or community and especially of those disadvantaged, by proving psychological counselling, guidance and assistance, especially in the form of social work”. This essay will explore how successful or not these services are at providing care and support to people enabling them to live a life that they are happy and content living, by looking at their accessibility, how they cater to each individual’s needs, wishes and preferences, what the services main aims are and the costing of each service to individuals. This will be supported with evidence presented in the materials provided in K101, units 2 – 4.
Access to primary health care is generally very rapid and easily accessible to each and every individual; it is up to the individual to decide whether to access health care or not. This is evident in Anwar’s story, “…phoned the GP surgery…Anwar consented.” (Watson, N., et al 2010, p.72). It was just one simple telephone call, to make an appointment, which enabled Anwar to have access to health care services almost immediately. This first point of contact then opened up access to a whole range of other services; secondary heath care services, support from specialised individuals and support groups. This swift process enables individuals to receive the care and support they need quickly enabling then to carry on with their lives and make the most of it, therefor making health care successful in the aim.
Although health care services are easily accessible to each individual, it does not mean that the support and care they receive will be...