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Timebanking and co-production: an evaluation of Spice Time Credits

Time Credits is a concept where people volunteer time in return for physical Time Credit notes which they can then use in their community to access training, events or leisure activities. Here, Jude Luckett from Spice talks about their projects across England and Wales to develop this approach and the results of the evaluation they have just completed to assess how well the system works in practice.

All systems go – a new model of leadership for the future

Martin Reeves is Chief Executive of Coventry City Council, and in October spoke at the Research in Practice for Adults Leaders’ Forum about developing a ‘whole systems’ approach and a new leadership style in the development and delivery of services. Here, he explains more about this approach, and best practice in working with communities to tackle issues.

Bringing research and practice closer together

Lindsey Pike, Research & Development Officer, writes about the challenges facing researchers and practitioners, in terms of joining up their working practices, sharing agendas, and developing research that is both relevant and able to be used in developing and delivering better practice., Research & Development Officer, writes about the challenges facing researchers and practitioners, in terms of joining up their working practices, sharing agendas, and developing research that is both relevant and able to be used in developing and delivering better practice.

Meeting the Health and Care Professions Council CPD requirements

Jane Halliday, Learning Resources Co-ordinator for Research in Practice for Adults shares her ideas about the ways in which our learning resources can contribute towards the Health and Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) requirements for continuing professional development.

Working with Outcomes: Looking beyond forms

Louise Johnstone (Research and Information Officer, Cumbria) has written about outcomes before, and in this blog she discusses working with outcomes, in the context of the latest Practice Tool Working with Outcomes that she produced for RiPfA recently. Her blog is a personal take on this topic.

Delivering the plan - addressing the priorities of the social care sector

Lisa Smith, Research and Development Manager,: Time seems to move rather quickly. It seems like no time at all since I was talking about our last delivery programme, and yet here I am to announce the next six months of events, resources and activities for RiPfA as we embark on a new stage of the journey.

Using Outcomes in Cumbria

Louise Johnstone and Cheryl Page write about their work on outcomes in Cumbria. A positive, detailed piece, it gives a summary of a well-received project.

Care Act Hub

Chris Davies, Associate Director of Research in Practice for Adults: The Care Act is undoubtedly the most significant reform of care in our time, with the ambition to put people and their carers in control of their own support. For the first time ever in the UK, the Act will cap the amount of money that people have to contribute towards the costs of their own care, with huge process implications for local authorities.

Democratic accountability in outsourced services

Research in Practice for Adults is holding an annual Councillors’ and Trustees’ Seminar on 13 November. This event will be run jointly with Research in Practice. The key issues and questions are discussed below. This blog was also shared on the Research in Practice website earlier this week.

Adults with multiple needs and exclusions: changing our approach

Lisa Smith, Research & Development Manager for Research in Practice for Adults, writes about her experience working to design services for people with ‘multiple needs and exclusions’, and shares some examples of promising practice around this client group.

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