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Blogs by Research in Practice for Adults

Our blog is a hub for sharing news, information, research, evidence, analysis and debate. Blog posts are written by and for professionals across the sector. The views expressed are the authors’ own and do not represent those of Research in Practice for Adults.

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.

How we are implementing learning and development in the South East London Teaching Partnership

As one of four National pilots in England, the South East London Teaching Partnership details its learning and development programme, which aspires to deliver high-quality learning and development for social work, from entry-level through to senior leadership.

Enabling people with learning disabilities and autism to travel independently

The complexity of the public transport network can be a major barrier for people with learning disabilities and autism as they seek independence and engagement with the wider community. The Brandon Trust details their Travel Buddy Project, which helps individuals to travel safely and independently.

Making the Link Officer role work for you

Getting the most out of RiPfA membership and promoting a culture of evidence-informed practice can be challenging, particularly in times of economic unrest, budget cuts and pressures on care services. Here, the Link Officer of the Year details embedding learning and development and RiPfA at Lancashire County Council.

‘Just one person’

Older people persistently ask for a single, named coordinator for their social and health care. Services persistently fail to provide this – for all sorts of reasons, some better than others. How do we make progress on this?

Is it nice outside? Engaging people living with dementia and their carers with the natural environment

Activity and simply getting outdoors is good for us; and people with dementia are no different. With careful support, people with significant health and social care needs can get out into the garden, smell the flowers and listen to the birds.

The complexities of applying legal literacy in practice

When acting under statutory authority to meet people’s care and support needs, or to protect them from harm, intervention must be lawful, proportionate, reasonable and rational. Legal literacy involves exercising professional judgement to understand, interpret and apply legal rules in complex situations in order to achieve these aims. However, alongside legal literacy, ethical, professional, relational, knowledge, emotional and organisational literacies are needed to ensure that each unique situation is appropriately understood and responded to.

Supporting older people in a strengths-based way

There is a lot of interest right now across the UK in ‘strengths-based’ approaches to care and support. These top ten tips will help to support working towards the Care Act 2014 requirement to ‘consider the person’s own strengths and capabilities, and what support might be available from their wider support network or within the community to help’.

Getting it right – building relationships between commissioners and providers

Getting the commissioner/provider dynamic right is crucial if we are going to deliver services on time, to budget and to a high standard. But how many commissioners out there feel they are getting it right, and what is the key to establishing and strengthening these invaluable relationships?

Community connecting for people with learning disabilities – it’s about people not places

Being really connected within your community doesn’t just mean volunteering in your local charity shop – it means making friends with the other volunteers, and feeling empowered enough to call them up and invite them round for dinner without your support workers needing to risk assess the evening.

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