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Keywords:

  • child health;
  • questionnaire;
  • school health

Introduction

The King's Fund is an independant organisation whose prime function is to support development of health and social services. The following paper outlines one aspect of its work which is concerned with the introduction of so called ‘intermediate care’ services for people who need help during the transition between medical dependance and personal independance, but who do not require the specialist medical expertise provided in an acute hospital setting. It is argued that currently there are few services specifically designed to meet this group of patients needs and a ‘black hole’ exists in service provision. The purpose of such a service is to provide intensive therapy in order to maximise their ability to live independently, improve the quality of their lives, and provide the opportunity for them to learn greater self-care skills in order that they can manage their own health more effectively in the longer term.