Financial Assessment and Benefits (FAB) advice service: impact on older people and their carers in Torbay

Focus:

The study aimed to evaluate and establish the health and non-health impact on an older population and their carers of providing a specialist financial assessment with benefits advice through social services. The quantitative study surveyed 241 older service users and their carers (131) around the time of the financial assessment and again 5 months later. The qualitative study involved twenty in-depth interviews with older people and carers and six with service providers. The interviews obtained a detailed and individual view of experiences of the assessment and FAB team as well as any perceived changes in health, quality of life or lifestyle following the assessment.

Staff:

Professor John Campbell - Professor of General Practicd & Primary Care
Dr Jeremy Hobart - Consultant Neurologist
Dr Suzanne Richards - Senior Lecturer in Primary Care
Ms Rachel Winder - Research Fellow
Dr Katrina Wyatt - Lecturer in Health Services Research 

Collaborators:

Annie Ellis - Centre for Evidence-Based Social Services

Funding:

Funding Source - Commissioned by Torbay Social Services Directorate, funded by Department of Work and Pensions

Funding Amount - £50,000

Study dates - May 2003 to May 2004

Location:

Peninsula Medical School (Primary Care)
Smeall Building, St Luke's Campus
Magdalen Road
Exeter
EX1 2LU

Tel: 01392 722741
Fax: 01392 432223