In May this year, ILC-UK conducted a study mission to Japan supported by our sister organisation, ILC-Japan, and funded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Extending from this trip, ILC-Japan visited London this autumn to learn about the UK approach to delivering social care, with a focus on the certification of care need and the development of care plans. As part of their report to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, they are seeking further information and perspectives from those who work in these areas. They have also conducted this exercise in the Netherlands and Germany, so we certainly want the UK perspective to be heard!

We would greatly appreciate any input and submissions from qualified individuals in this area to assist our Japanese colleagues. Do note that they are aware of the differences in our systems, for example the role that Local Authorities play in the assessment process, so some of the questions may not have one direct answer. Regarding the requested information, there are two parts.

Part 1: Hypothetical Case Studies
There are four paragraphs describing different examples of people facing circumstances where various aspects of their mobility have changed. These are also accompanied by charts with further detail related to their health and other circumstances (e.g. ADL limitations, social activities). ILC-Japan would be interested in answers to the following questions for these cases, as well as how these might differ if dementia was a factor:

  1. Consultation: Where would this person go first for consultation? After the initial consultation, what would the process look like until he/she starts receiving services (or what would the process look like until it is determined that he/she would not receive services)?
  2. Service delivery: What kind of formal services and informal support do you think this person would be able to receive? (excluding medical services by hospitals, family doctors, etc.) When this person receives services/support, who/what organization would conduct his/her needs assessment, and who/what organization would decide on the content of services/support?
  3. Monitoring: Who would conduct this person’s monitoring and how?

Part 2: Data Collection
ILC-Japan have provided two sets of questions around the delivery of social care in the UK: one for those who certify care needs and another for those who assess/develop care plans. They have already gathered substantial amounts of information, but any additional perspectives would be greatly appreciated, even if you do not provide answers to all the questions. However, there will be a small remuneration for responses based on the length for those from non-governmental organisations (this also applies to the case study request above). The researchers are particularly interested in what efforts are actually being made in order to help older people influence their wellbeing themselves. For anyone with limited time, responses related to this aspect alone, in the context of the provided questions, would certainly be welcome.

While ILC-Japan would like to cite the individual or organisation providing the information, respondents can remain anonymous if preferred.

The researchers would benefit greatly from responses submitted at your earliest convenience, ideally before Friday, 15 December, if at all possible. Responses received after this date would still be welcome.

You can download the relevant documents below, and submissions can be emailed to

Thank you very much in advance for your assistance, and we look forward to receiving your contribution!

If you have any questions or issues, you can contact


Part 1 - Hypothetical Cases ENG (Word Doc)
Part 2 - Data request ENG (Word Doc)

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