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The impact of kindness in adult social care

How do we define and capture evidence about whether kindness can make a difference, and what place could it have in adult social care?

The value of co-production

You don’t think about the moment you go from daughter to carer. It doesn’t really register, because you’re just doing what you’re supposed to do. It was a gradual process, a dripping tap that fills a bowl so slowly that you don’t notice it happening.

Can animals have an impact on our wellbeing?

It seems that in adult social care there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to support the theory that animals are ‘good for our health and wellbeing’. But is this grounded in reality?

Embedding human rights in adult social care

The universal protection of people’s rights is fundamental to adult social care practice. A human rights approach counters any national or global tendency towards the creation of a ‘hierarchy of humanity’ which treats some as less than human.

Confident social work practice with people living with dementia

Working with people living with dementia and those who care for them is an emerging key area of social work practice. The rise in the number of people living with dementia means that we as social workers need to ensure we have the right knowledge and skills to offer the best support we can.

Supporting outcomes-focused practice

RiPfA has just come to the end of a two-year Change Project with the Partner network. The project identified and built on best practice to develop a new range of resources to support outcomes-focused practice, as well as developing the Outcomes Triangle - a new concept and model to support outcomes-focused conversations and care planning.

Family group conference – embodying the social work of past and future

What is fulfilling and exciting for a social worker? If I had to boil down a complex professional life into a few words then for me, hope, connection and the experience of change are all important. Family group conferences (FGC) try to harness these three things by bringing a network of people together to problem-solve on their own terms.

Using a mentalising approach to support relationship-based practice

Mentalising is not a new thing. The term may not be immediately familiar, but it puts a name to something many of us are doing on a daily basis without even realising. It is a process that we use to reflect on, explore, and interpret our own and other people’s thoughts, beliefs, experiences and feelings, and how these influence behaviours and actions.

Working with people who hoard

Many people collect items. But when collecting things becomes excessive and begins to directly impact someone’s life, it can become problematic.

Living fully until you die: where rehabilitation and palliative care come together

Rehabilitative Palliative Care is an approach which both challenges and complements traditional concepts of palliative care provision. It enables people to live with control, independence and dignity alongside advanced progressive illness right up until they die.

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