FIRSTLY, LET ME APOLOGISE TO ALL OUR READERS for the late arrival of this issue. Due to unforeseen circumstances issues 67 and 68 have been delayed in publication. We are catching up and hope to be back on track later this year.
The undertaking of guest editor for Issue 68 leaves me in the position of not knowing what to write, which is not my usual form. In some way it challenges me to think of what to say and write, and when finished it can offer me satisfaction, contentment and the knowledge of approval from my peers. The theme of this Frontline issue is models of care, which can throw up all sorts of negative and positive ideas. Elaine Brennan is a 25-year-old artist who has proven her ability at drawing faces and portraits over the past few years and she sets the cover and background context for this issue.
Dr Bob McCormack’s comprehensive article on Models of Support touches on the good, the bad ‘With the election on our and some ugly examples of care. Hartnett, & Gallagher look at the social model of care indoorstep and the talk of nursing from a research study carried out in Ireland, and Des Hanrahan’s article, From Volunteer millions spent here, there to Professional Respite, looks at recent trends in respite care in the northeast of the country.
Stephanie Lawrence discusses retirement, which is health services and for relevant for an ageing population, including myself- Clinical Nurse Specialist, which is disabilities, the report of abbreviated by the letters CNS and is a recent development in intellectual disability services is discussed by Sheelagh Wickham. The Trinity College students who carried out the Frontline magazine survey explain the ins and outs of how they carried out the survey, while the frontline editorial board are still grappling with the recommendations. In the people’s pages, I think it may be a first as John Nolan is Lord Mayor of Ballyfermot and Paul Alford
describes his most enviable trip down-under, leaving me green with envy.
The Cork Association for Autism provides a short insight into their association, how and where it came from.
With the general election on our doorstep and the talk of millions spent here, there and everywhere, in the health services and for disabilities, the report of Budget 2007 and Residential Charges by Mary De Paor may give you a headache as well as an outline on how difficult it is to understand how money should help the individual.
Issue 68 also looks at the recent special education needs in the form of councils, acts and guidelines. Finally, Liz Mc Keon starts a health supplement to explore the health needs for people with an intellectual disability and this looks like a promising feature for future editions.