Assessments for BME Carers and Service Users

Published on 6 Aug 2009
This article originally appeared in Care Appointments magazine in their Webwatch section.

Getting it Right, Assessments for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Carers and Service Users is a new interactive online learning resource produced by IRISS in conjunction with MECOPP.

It introduces the issues affecting minority ethnic carers and service users with an emphasis on achieving cultural competence within individual practice.

Two case studies allow the learner to take on the role of a student social worker on placement within a social work/community care practice team. One case concerns a Cantonese man whose wife has dementia, the other a Pakistani woman who has become the carer for her ill mother-in-law.

Working through the resource the learner will develop the skills and knowledge to critically examine - from the point of assessment to actual service delivery - how the needs of minority ethnic carers and service users are currently being met. The resource concludes with an examination of cultural myths and stereotypes regarding ethnic minorities and care.

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