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How can we involve people in safeguarding adults?

Involvement of people with care and support needs and their families and communities is a key theme in both the Care Act 2014 and broader public policy. Marmot (2010) highlighted that public bodies don’t only have an obligation to engage with users and carers – they also need to demonstrate that this engagement is happening. So how are councils from across England doing this when it comes to safeguarding adults?

Devolution and user involvement

Peter Beresford, speaker at our upcoming Leaders’ Forum, looks back at the existing evidence on devolution and participation, and how this may work in practice.

Reimagining adult social care; ensuring service users’ voices and views are firmly embedded in the work that we do

How can we involve people who use services and ensure that their voice and views are firmly embedded in the work that we do to support the adult social care sector? Lisa Smith, Research and Development Manager for RiPfA, highlights how we hope to weave those lived experiences into our work at our upcoming Partnership Conference.

Why the workforce is central to improving social care

Jo Moriarty is a Senior Research Fellow in the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's College London. She is an experienced social care researcher whose research interests have covered the social care workforce, social work qualifying education, support for family carers, dementia, ethnicity and ageing. As one of the expert commentators for our Evidence Review: Reimagining Adult Social Care, here she discusses the concept of a values-driven workforce, how building relationships can make a difference to the quality of care, and looks at what the workforce might need in order to deliver this.

Meaningful involvement and co-production: why we know more than we think we do

Rich Watts is the author of the chapter covering ‘Involvement, advocacy and co-production’ in RiPfA’s newly launched Evidence Review: Reimagining Adult Social Care. Rich is an advisor to the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme at NHS England, has acted as Programme Lead for Mental Health at the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), and National Lead at the Office for Disability Issues. He was a Director at the Essex Coalition of Disabled People, and has also held other strategic and policy roles at the Disability Rights Commission and Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Promoting independence: the evidence for prevention

In the latest of a series of articles exploring the themes in RiPfA’s newly launched Evidence Review: Reimagining Adult Social Care, Professor John Bolton examines the case for prevention and early intervention in supporting people to retain their independence for longer.

Prevention in social care - all or nothing?

Robin Miller, author of the chapter on Promoting independence: maximising independence of people using care and support, in our recently launched Evidence Review: Reimagining Adult Social Care, writes about prevention, the evidence to support it as an approach, the potential barriers to it working in practice, and how we make choices about what courses of preventative action to take, if we can only do a fraction of what’s needed.

Reimagining social care – where would we start?

David Walden CBE is the Editor of RiPfA’s newly launched Evidence Review: Reimagining Adult Social Care. With extensive experience in both policy and service provision across central government, national agencies and delivery organisations, he is well-placed to give an overview of the issues facing social care, and how we could start again, using the evidence we have available in order to build a new system of care from scratch. In this article - the first of a week-long series of blogs giving an insight into the topics covered by the review - he introduces the challenges and discusses some of the potential solutions.

Delivering personalised home care and the implications of new guidance

Jeanette Leech is a RiPfA Associate and has recently been involved with the guideline committee (GC) for the new NICE guideline on Home Care: delivering personal care and practical support. Here she discusses how NICE has expanded its remit to support the social care profession, and how the home care guideline, the first of its kind, was developed. She also talks about the key recommendations and implications for home care providers.

Allocating resources by need or defining needs by budgets? Taking a closer look at the circular case of the resource allocation system

Colin Slasberg originally trained as a social worker and is now an independent consultant working with a number of authorities on topics such as personalisation, assessment and resource allocation. He is the author of our newly published Leaders’ Briefing: Resource allocation and in this article he gives an overview of how resource allocation has worked until now, and the issues around moving to a new system as part of the Care Act implementation.

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