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Developing professional capabilities and CPD for social work with older people and adults with learning disabilities

30 November 2018

We are gathering views from social workers to inform two projects to develop professional capabilities and continuous professional development for social work with older people and adults with learning disabilities.

New ways of working: Making Safeguarding Personal

31 October 2018

Research in Practice for Adults is interested to hear how recent developments in adult social care practice are being used to support making safeguarding personal.

Projects to develop practice in adult social care

15 October 2018

BASW and RiPfA have launched projects to promote best social work practice with older people and adults with learning disabilities.

New ways of working: Making safeguarding personal toolkit update

02 October 2018

Research in Practice for Adults has been commissioned by ADASS to revise the making safeguarding personal toolkit in consultation with the adult social care sector.

New NHS social care and support guide available

27 September 2018

A new guide to social care is available on the NHS website containing information to help people who might need social care understand their options and access services.

Winners of Link Officer Awards announced

26 September 2018

Research in Practice for Adults is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Link Officer Awards.

Guidance to help reduce the rate of suicide

14 September 2018

New guidance covers ways to prevent people taking their own lives and help those bereaved or affected.

Upcoming learning resources and events until March 2019

03 September 2018

Research in Practice for Adults has published its upcoming publications, resources, workshops, webinars and conferences until March 2019.

Government announces strategies to aid social housing

21 August 2018

An update on social housing following the Government's announcement of several new plans to help adults who require support.

New publication on transitional safeguarding - adolescence to adulthood

20 August 2018

Research in Practice for Adults has released a new publication - Transitional safeguarding - adolescence to adulthood: Strategic Briefing.

New RiPfA publications for frontline practice and strategic leaders

20 August 2018

Research in Practice for Adults has released several new publications. These focus on key topics including: supporting people with learning disabilities; mental health; and working with complexity.

Priorities for the health and social care system

30 July 2018

New Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has outlined his priorities for the sector.

Making Safeguarding Personal Outcomes Framework

16 July 2018

New Making Safeguarding Personal Outcome Framework and report developed to help improve practice.

Update on adult social care Green Paper

10 July 2018

An update following the Government's decision to delay the publication of the social care Green Paper.

CQC releases 'Beyond Barriers' report

09 July 2018

The Care Quality Commission have released a review on how older people move between health and social care services.

Nominate Safeguarding Adult Review Champions

28 June 2018

The Local Government Association Care and Health Improvement Programme has commissioned Research in Practice for Adults, in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence, to develop a regional Safeguarding Adults Review Champions Network. Safeguarding Adults Review Champion nominations are now being sought from across the sector.

New Safeguarding Adults Reviews library

28 June 2018

A Safeguarding Adults Reviews library has been launched, developed jointly by RiPfA and the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

New NICE resources

28 June 2018

New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence resources highlight how using their guidance, quality standards, advice and practical tools will help tackle priorities identified by sustainability and transformation partnerships or integrated care systems.

Social Work England Continued Fitness to Practice Framework - Sector Involvement

19 June 2018

Social Work England are asking for contributions on the different options for renewal of registration for social workers to ensure they remain fit for practice.

Update on Social Work England

18 June 2018

An update on Social Work England, which will replace the Health and Care Professionals Council as the regulatory body of social workers.

Working with people with learning disabilities

18 June 2018

RiPfA has developed a number of resources to support people with learning disabilities and professionals who work with them. As part of Learning Disability Week, RiPfA has released a number of open access resources to support practice.

New funding to digitise information flow between adult social care and health settings

13 June 2018

Organisations are being invited to apply for new funding to enable better sharing of social care and clinical information and data.

Carers action plan 2018 - 2020

13 June 2018

The Government has published a plan of action to help support carers over the next two years.

Our year in review

12 June 2018

Research in Practice for Adults is delighted to share its Annual Review, showcasing our year in practice.

Good social work practice with carers and their families

11 June 2018

To support carers and people who work with them, Research in Practice for Adults has developed a number of resources and publications.

The latest on social care funding reform

31 May 2018

Recent reports discuss high growth in demand for care that means urgent action is required to solve the issue of funding for adult social care.

Dementia Action Week

21 May 2018

To support Dementia Action week the latest RiPfA Research and Policy Update is now open access.

Funding for innovative digital adult social care pilots

18 May 2018

NHS Digital and the Local Government Association have announced new funding for digital pilots that benefit people who access adult social care and improve services.

New Research in Practice for Adults Podcasts launched

11 May 2018

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new series of Podcasts to accompany our Delivery Programme for 2018-19.

State of Caring Survey 2018

02 May 2018

Carers UK are looking for unpaid carers to take part in their State of Caring Survey 2018, one of the most extensive consultations of carers in the UK.

New RiPfA publication on supporting parents who have learning disabilities

30 April 2018

Research in Practice for Adults has released a new publication - Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing.

Support to help children living with alcohol-dependant parents

24 April 2018

New measures have been announced that will give children living with alcoholic parents faster access to support and advice.

What characteristics and circumstances are associated with feeling lonely?

17 April 2018

The Office for National Statistics has released its analysis of the characteristics and circumstances associated with loneliness following the Community Life Survey 2016 to 2017.

How commissioners use research evidence

09 April 2018

A National Institute for Health Research highlight shows how service commissioners and managers use research evidence, and what research can do to improve their work.

New briefing on delivery of Approved Mental Health Professional services

09 April 2018

Care Quality Commission briefing reveals the results of a review into the way Approved Mental Health Professional services are being delivered.

World Health Day 2018: ‘Universal health coverage – everyone, everywhere’

06 April 2018

Research in Practice for Adults celebrates World Health Day 2018 by supporting the World Health Organization’s campaign for Universal Health Coverage

Modern slavery and human trafficking statistics 2017

04 April 2018

Latest report from the National Crime Agency shows a 35% increase in referrals on potential victims of modern slavery in 2017 compared to 2016.

New RiPfA publications

28 March 2018

RiPfA has released several new publications on key topics, bringing together the latest evidence to support practice.

New Evidence Review on working with complexity

28 March 2018

RiPfA has released its latest Evidence Review on working with complexity. The new publication identifies relevant research and focuses on four key areas of complexity within adult social care.

We need to do better on social care

26 March 2018

Jeremy Hunt outlines the seven key principles that will guide the government’s thinking ahead of the social care green paper, to be published later this year.

Chief Social Worker for Adults’ annual report 2017-18

23 March 2018

The fourth annual report from the Chief Social Worker for Adults is themed around strengths-based social work practice.

Celebrating World Social Work Day: ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’

20 March 2018

To celebrate World Social Work Day 2018 RiPfA has made the RPU and CLLS open access to view to support community and environmental sustainability.

Research on support for people with severe mental illness

16 March 2018

The National Institute for Health Research has released an overview of recent published research on support for people living with severe mental illness.

Consultation on the Professional Capabilities Framework

16 March 2018

The British Association of Social Workers are consulting on the refresh of the Professional Capabilities Framework.

New RiPfA publications, resources and learning events

15 March 2018

Research in Practice for Adults has published its new Delivery Programme, detailing its upcoming publications, resources, workshops, webinars, conferences and much more over the next twelve months.

NIHR Dissemination Centre studies

12 March 2018

The National Institute for Health Research has released the results of several studies from its Dissemination Centre.

Reducing emergency admissions: progress report

12 March 2018

The National Audit Office has released a report examining the progress that the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, NHS Improvement and other stakeholders are making in reducing the impact of emergency admissions in acute hospitals.

Updated national framework for continuing healthcare and funded nursing care

12 March 2018

The Department of Health and Social Care has updated the guidance of the national framework for NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care.

Commissioner perspectives on working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector

12 March 2018

A King’s Fund report explores how and why clinical commissioning groups and local authorities chose to engage with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Social Work England consultation on legislative framework

06 March 2018

A Government consultation is seeking views on the policy underpinning regulations that cover the full range of Social Work England’s regulatory functions.

Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities: Government response

23 February 2018

The Government has responded to the consultation on the Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities.

New resource to support cost-effective prevention activities

20 February 2018

Public Health England has created a resource to help commissioners and communities provide cost-effective prevention activities aimed at preventing falls in older people.

Promising approaches to living well with dementia

20 February 2018

Age UK has released a report focusing on what works in supporting people with dementia to live well, including services and support beyond the traditional domains of health and social care services.

New evidence review on homeless adults with complex needs

20 February 2018

An overview of the homeless situation across England has been released by Public Health England.

Inquiry into long term funding of adult social care

06 February 2018

The Communities and Local Government and Health Committees have launched an inquiry into the long-term funding and provision of adult social care, following widespread concerns over sustainability

Examples of emerging and developing practice when using a high impact change model

19 January 2018

A new resource provides examples of emerging and developing practice when using a high impact change model for managing transfers of care.

The Twelve Days of Christmas from RiPfA

15 December 2017

Research in Practice for Adults celebrates its work across 2017 with a carol inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Call for examples - Making Safeguarding Personal Outcomes Framework

15 December 2017

Research in Practice for Adults has been appointed to develop a Making Safeguarding Personal Outcomes Framework. A call for local examples is now open to help inform this work.

Think Local Act Personal - RiPfA joins partnership

11 December 2017

Research in Practice for Adults has been accepted to join the Think Local Act Personal partnership supporting health and care through personalisation and community support.

Making Safeguarding Personal – new resource to support joined up development

07 December 2017

A new resource from the Local Government Association intends to support the joined up development of Making Safeguarding Personal across providers and commissioners in health and social care.

Research on older patients living with frailty in hospital

07 December 2017

A Comprehensive Care review from the National Institute for Health Research brings together published and ongoing studies concerning the concept of frailty in older people.

Government consultation open - Knowledge and Skills Statement for social workers in adult services

04 December 2017

The Department of Health is seeking views on the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for adult social work supervisors.

Adult social care complaints - Ombudsman’s review released

22 November 2017

An Ombudsman review highlights the power of complaints to improve social care.

Government to set out proposals to reform care and support for older people

17 November 2017

Government green paper on care and support for older people to be published in summer 2018.

NHS Digital - Safeguarding Adults Annual Report published

16 November 2017

A NHS Digital report presents information about adult safeguarding enquiries during 2016/17.

Hospices lead the way in health and social care: CQC report

08 November 2017

Hospice care across England has the highest percentage of health and social care services that are rated outstanding (25%), and a further 70% are rated good, according to CQC.

New findings on the costs of healthcare in old age

08 November 2017

Multiple illnesses and end-of-life care drive high healthcare costs in old age, a new study by the National Institute for Health Research shows.

New resources to support Making Safeguarding Personal

08 November 2017

New resources from the Local Government Association show what good practice might look like in Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP), and how MSP aligns with existing expectations and frameworks.

Using digital technology to improve health and social care

08 November 2017

The National Information Board and Department of Health have released a short paper outlining how the government and national health and care organisations intend to use digital technology to improve information gathering and sharing, join up services, and give people more control over their health and care.

ADASS Briefing Paper on social care

08 November 2017

Social care provides care, support, and safeguards for those people in our communities who have the highest level of need and for their carers. ADASS recently provided a briefing to MPs covering concerns in social care.

CQC announce public engagement strategy

08 November 2017

CQC is aiming to improve the way they engage the public by supporting people to use CQC information about quality of care, and by making better use of their views and experiences.

Updated Code of practice: Mental Health Act 1983

08 November 2017

The Department of Health has updated the Code of practice: Mental Health Act 1983. The code of practice shows professionals how to carry out their responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983, and provide high quality and safe care.

New intermediate care quick guide from NICE and SCIE

02 November 2017

NICE and SCIE have produced a quick guide to intermediate care. This short guide will help people accessing services to understand what to expect from intermediate care and reablement services.

New £15 million grant scheme to improve mental healthcare

25 October 2017

The Department of Health has launched Beyond Places of Safety – a £15 million fund to improve the provision of services for people who are at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis.

State of Care: CQC annual assessment of health and social care in England

24 October 2017

Most people are receiving good, safe care, and many services previously rated as inadequate were found to have made the necessary changes and improved, say CQC in their annual State of Care report.

Connected learning resources to support family group conferences with adults

12 October 2017

Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) has launched a connected learning package to support practitioners involved in adult family group conferences, or are planning to set up this service for adults.

Mapping the Maze – a guide to services for women experiencing multiple disadvantage in England and Wales

12 October 2017

Mapping the Maze shows what services are available for women facing homelessness, substance misuse, poor mental health, offending and complex needs in England and Wales.

Identifying and responding to mental health in older people

12 October 2017

NHS England has produced a document for colleagues in primary care, in particular GPs, which highlights symptoms often attributed to ‘old age’ but where a mental health diagnosis and follow-up may be more appropriate.

Improving the use of evidence to increase impact

11 October 2017

NPC has published a new report: ‘Towards an evidence-led social sector’ looking at how charities can use evidence effectively to inform decision-making and increase the positive impact of their work.

House of Commons Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Briefing

11 October 2017

The House of Commons has released a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) briefing document following The Law Commission's recommendation to replace DoLS with a new scheme called the Liberty Protection Safeguards.

Establishing the most important research questions for adult social care

11 October 2017

The Adult Social Work Priority Setting Partnership is running a survey to find out what research needs to happen to support effective social work with adults.

New publications: sexual exploitation; family group conferences; and reducing hospital admissions

11 October 2017

Our new publications bring together the latest evidence to support practice relating to family group conferences with adults, reducing emergency hospital admissions, and understanding sexual exploitation.

Link Officer Awards - winners announced

09 October 2017

Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Link Officer Awards.

Not enough action being taken to support prevention says British Red Cross

09 October 2017

A new report from British Red Cross claims that local authorities are struggling to meet their obligations to prevent, reduce, or delay the need for care, as set out in the Care Act 2014.

Public Health England tools to support health and reduce inequality

09 October 2017

Public Health England (PHE) has provided a single point of direct access to data analysis tools from across PHE. The PHE data and knowledge gateway is intended to help local government and health service professionals make decisions and plans to improve people’s health and reduce inequalities in their area.

Resettling refugees – support after the first year: a guide for local authorities

09 October 2017

This guide looks at how the needs of resettled clients may differ during their first year in the UK and during years 2-5, exploring the range of issues that local partners may need to think about/will be focusing on.

Improving NICE guidelines

02 October 2017

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is doing research on how individuals use NICE guidelines and quality standards and what would make them easier to use.

The multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse: prevent, protect and repair

28 September 2017

A report published by Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, and HM Inspectorate of Probation, shares the findings from a joint targeted area inspection programme examining the multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse.

NICE guideline on delivering intermediate care

28 September 2017

NICE has produced a guideline to support the delivery of intermediate care. The guideline covers the core principles of intermediate care, assessment of need, referral, entering the service, how to deliver care, transition from care, and training and development for health and social care practitioners.

Person-centred care in 2017 – evidence from people accessing services

28 September 2017

A new report from National Voices brings together evidence from people accessing services to give a snapshot of the extent of person-centred care in the English health and social care system.

Who is at most risk of suicide?

13 September 2017

Records published by the Office for National Statistics show that men, divorced people and those living in less well-off areas are at more risk of suicide. However, these figures only tell part of the story and greater numbers of people consider taking their own lives.

CQC findings on the state of adult social care services 2014-17

13 September 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published The state of adult social care services 2014 to 2017, giving a comprehensive overview of the state of care in terms of perfomance ratings, with pointers for improving the quality of care set in the current strategic context.

An overview of health and social care priorities from The King's Fund

18 August 2017

The King's Fund has published a report assessing the state of health and social care, and setting out the issues facing the current government.

Supporting good practice in preventing drug-related death

15 August 2017

New case studies have been published by the Local Government Association giving examples of how local authorities are working effectively to prevent drug-related deaths.

Are people with learning disabilities experiencing their full rights to inclusion in their communities?

07 August 2017

The results of a new inquiry suggest that people with learning disabilities may not be experiencing independence at home in the evenings, with evidence that institutionalised routines exist in these settings.

New RiPfA resources to support evidence-informed practice

20 June 2017

RiPfA has published new resources focusing on: supporting outcomes-focused practice; good recording; embedding human rights in adult social care; and family group conferencing.

Open access resources to support outcomes-focused practice

15 June 2017

Research in Practice for Adults has launched new open access resources for social workers, health and social care practitioners to support outcomes-focused practice. It also introduces

Consultation on the refresh of the Professional Capabilities Framework

22 May 2017

Research in Practice/Research in Practice for Adults and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) are consulting with social workers, people with experience of social work services, educators, employers and others, to carry out an update of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for social workers in England.

Refreshing the Professional Capabilities Framework

16 May 2017

Following an open tendering process, Research in Practice/Research in Practice for Adults (RiP/RiPfA) has been appointed as BASW’s partner in the project to refresh the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

Research in Practice for Adults resources 2016-17

15 May 2017

Download your quick guide to Research in Practice for Adults resources and work over the last twelve months.

Open access learning resources to support confident social work practice with people living with dementia

15 May 2017

New open access learning resources look at the issues that people living with dementia may experience, and how social workers can develop a greater understanding of these in order to deliver good practice to support people through the different stages of dementia, from diagnosis to preparing for the end of life.

New NICE resources to support transition between inpatient mental health and community or care home settings

10 May 2017

NICE has published two new resources to support the implementation of the guideline on Transition between inpatient mental health settings and community or care home settings.

Comment on draft NICE guideline

19 April 2017

The draft NICE guideline on intermediate care including reablement is now out for public consultation.

Open access webinar to introduce new resources to support social work with people living with dementia

04 April 2017

RiPfA is running an open access webinar for frontline practitioners, team managers and trainers on 18 May 12-1pm to introduce brand new resources to support good social work practice with people with dementia.

World Social Work Day: supporting community and environmental sustainability

21 March 2017

World Social Work Day 2017 focuses on the theme of supporting community and environmental sustainability. See the range of Research in Practice for Adults resources and articles related to developing communities.

New publications and learning events for 2017

20 March 2017

Following consultation with the national Partner network, Research in Practice for Adults has now published its programme of learning and delivery for the next six months. The programme features training events, workshops, webinars and publications targeted at different roles, learning styles and needs across the workforce.

Supporting social work practice with people who are living with dementia

06 March 2017

RiPfA has been commissioned by the Department of Health to produce new open access resources to support social care practice with people who are living with dementia. The materials will be launched in May 2017.

Learning from Safeguarding Adults Reviews

06 March 2017

RiPfA and SCIE are pleased to announce a new piece of work commissioned by the Department of Health aimed at improving the quality and use of Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs).

New publications to support practice

15 February 2017

RiPfA has published several new resources to support evidence-informed practice. The publications focus on supporting people with learning disabilities; working with people who hoard; commissioner and provider relationships; good practice in end of life care; the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Learning resources to support health and social work in situations of coercive control (open access)

14 February 2017

New open access learning resources for social workers, safeguarding leads and health and social care practitioners, provide information and guidance on how to recognise and respond to coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate or family relationships.

Transition from Children’s to Adults’ Services resource launched

18 January 2017

NICE has launched a new resource to support transition from Children's to Adults' Services for young people using health or social care services.

New: Case Law Summaries

06 December 2016

RiPfA has launched a new monthly resource to support social workers. Case Law Summaries provide an overview and analysis of selected cases, highlighting implications and recommendations for practice.

Season's Greetings, from Research in Practice for Adults

06 December 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to yule!

Safeguarding across transitions: learning from each other

25 November 2016

RiPfA is seeking examples of how councils are trying to enable closer and more fluid working between adult safeguarding and children’s safeguarding.

Survey on the impact of NICE guidelines

18 November 2016

Research in Practice for Adults is conducting a piece of research on behalf of the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC) to explore the impact of NICE’s recommendations on the effectiveness of social care interventions and services.

Knowledge and Skills Statement: Mapping Resource

18 November 2016

RiPfA’s new online learning resources map is designed to support professional development by enabling social workers to meet and evidence the requirements of the Knowledge and Skills Statement.

Winter learning programme from Research in Practice for Adults

15 November 2016

Book your place now on Research in Practice for Adults workshops and webinars and look out for new resources being published between now and March 2017 to support your evidence-informed practice.

Link Officer Awards – winners announced

28 October 2016

Research in Practice for Adults is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Link Officer Awards, recognising those who have made an outstanding effort to support learning and development and to embed evidence-informed practice within their organisation.

New publications: integrated social care; mentalisation; legal literacy; and assessments for carers

19 October 2016

RiPfA has published four new resources to support evidence-informed practice, focusing on: Creating the right environment to deliver integrated services. The rights of carers to assessment. How to understand and apply legal rules and ethical considerations in everyday practice. Using a mentalising approach to support relationship-based working with adults and families.

Serious Case Reviews: briefings to support practice

18 October 2016

Domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health issues are factors that may increase safeguarding risks for children and adolescents whose parents are dealing with these challenges. Practitioners in Adult's Services need to be aware of these issues, how they may affect children in the family, and how to share information with colleagues in Children's Services.

Working with domestic abuse – recognising and responding to coercive control

24 August 2016

RiPfA with their partners Women’s Aid are developing new resources to support adult social workers and safeguarding leads who are working with cases involving coercive control. In 2015 coercive control was officially recognised as an offence in law. This form of abuse can be complex and subtle, requiring a thorough understanding and knowledge of the issues in order to respond appropriately.

Supporting adult safeguarding in Wirral

02 August 2016

As part of their membership, Wirral commissioned RiPfA to produce an evidence scope on involving people in safeguarding adults. This work supports the priorities of their Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) to ensure that the views of people who use services are heard and used to inform safeguarding practices and services.

Reviewers needed for new safeguarding adults practice book

02 August 2016

RiPfA is taking the role of Series Editor for a new suite of books on good practice, produced by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The first of the new titles will be on the topic of safeguarding adults, and RiPfA is now looking for peer reviewers to read and comment on the first drafts.

New: Autumn/Winter learning programme

04 July 2016

New Research in Practice for Adults publications and events to support evidence-informed practice.

New publications: supporting carers; developing the workforce; involvement in safeguarding; the role of the Relevant Person’s Representative

14 June 2016

New resources from RiPfA bring together the latest evidence to improve practice with young and adult carers, clarify the role of the Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR), examine the current state of the social care workforce, and explore how to involve people in adult safeguarding.

Supporting good social work practice with carers and their families

06 June 2016

Research in Practice (RiP) and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) have launched new resources for Carers Week 2016 to support professionals across Children’s and Adults’ Services who are working with both young and adult carers.

Co-production in practice

11 May 2016

A new film from Research in Practice for Adults demonstrates how local authorities and service providers are working to engage communities, build social capital, and change the relationship between state and citizen.

New NICE resources published to support work with older people

10 May 2016

NICE has published two new resources to support the implementation of the guideline on Older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions.

New NICE quality standard to support older people living in their own homes

09 May 2016

NICE has published a new quality standard Home care: delivering personal care and practical support to older people living in their own homes.

Leaders’ Forum 2016 explores what devolution means for children’s and adult services

14 April 2016

Devolution means more powers going to local areas and is an opportunity for local communities to be involved in improving services. Local leaders across the adults' and children's sector/s are acutely aware of the need to ensure that children and adults remain visible within the devolution discourse. This year’s Leaders’ Forum will explore what devolution means for children’s and adult services.

Annual Review 2015-16 released

06 April 2016

The Research in Practice for Adults Annual Review 2015-16 provides a snapshot of the work that we have done to support the sector over the past year.

The effectiveness of social work with adults: scoping review

17 March 2016

The Social Care Workforce Research Unit (SCWRU) at King’s College London has published a new scoping review on the effectiveness of social work with adults. The report, authored by Jo Moriarty and Jill Manthorpe, is based on systematic searches of existing evidence to provide a broad overview of the effectiveness of social work with adults in the UK and internationally, as well as identifying where gaps exist.

New resource published on The Role of the Social Worker in Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Care

15 March 2016

This new resource from Association of Palliative Care Social Workers and British Association of Social Workers looks at the function and benefits of palliative care social work and the contribution that palliative care social workers can make to ensure that people can have a good life until they die.

‘Promoting the dignity and worth of people’ - what does social work mean to you?

15 March 2016

The theme of World Social Work Day 2016 is ‘promoting the dignity and worth of people’. To celebrate all those across the sector who are working to support adults and their families, Research in Practice for Adults is giving away a copy of the flagship Reimagining adult social care: Evidence Review to five people who can share what social work means to them.

New guidance to support transition from Children's to Adults' Services

26 February 2016

New guidance from NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – has been developed to improve the support for thousands of young people receiving health or social care as they become adults.

New publications and learning events for 2016

25 February 2016

Following consultation with the national Partner network, RiPfA has now published its programme of learning and delivery for the next six months.

Workshop: Improving the quality of care for older people - using the NICE guidelines

11 February 2016

NICE has recently published three guidelines on the quality of care for older people. The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care is hosting a series of free workshops to support professionals working in this area to use the guidelines effectively in practice.

New publications to support evidence-informed practice

10 February 2016

RiPfA has published three new resources on: enablement in dementia; legal literacy in social care; and risk enablement. These bring together the latest evidence to support learning and develop practice across these areas. There is also an updated resource which reflects the changes to safeguarding brought about by the Care Act 2014.

Improving the quality of care and support for older people: How can the NICE guidelines help?

19 January 2016

The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care is hosting a webinar and a series of free workshops aimed at improving practice for frontline practitioners who are working with older people.

Supporting older people with multiple long-term conditions

21 December 2015

Share your practice examples to support the implementation of the NICE guidance for older people with multiple long-term conditions.

Reimagining Adult Social Care: designing a new system

17 November 2015

‘If we were able to start designing adult social care from a blank slate, and build a system based on the evidence of what people want and what is effective, what would that system look like?’

RiPfA’s new Evidence Review: Reimagining Adult Social Care reflects on the journey of social care in recent years, examines the progress made and the distance still to travel. It is accompanied by an open access Executive Summary giving an overview of the key messages.

Driving culture change to improve adult safeguarding: webinar, Wednesday 4 November 2015

07 October 2015

Join Dr Adi Cooper at our online learning session Wednesday 4 November, 12-1pm. The webinar focuses on safeguarding in light of the Care Act, and how practice is changing, including hearing more about new approaches and innovative examples of best practice.

New releases: Safeguarding, Attachment and Appreciative Inquiry

28 September 2015

Our new publications support changes to safeguarding in the wake of the Care Act, explore how understanding your own and others’ attachment styles can improve practice, and examine how adopting an Appreciative Inquiry approach can be valuable to assist assessment and decision-making.

Understanding NICE Social Care Guidelines: Webinar

07 September 2015

Understanding NICE Social Care Guidelines: what do they mean in practice? Find out more about developing guidelines for the sector at our webinar. 24 September, 12-1pm, online

Joint Children’s and Adults' Leaders' Forum hailed as success

16 July 2015

Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults joint Leaders’ Forum brought together strategic leads from across children’s and peoples sectors for discussion, debate and sharing information on community engagement, community resilience and building social capital.

Law Commission launches consultation and review of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

08 July 2015

Have your say: contribute to the review of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Deprivation of Liberties consultation and review The Law Commission yesterday launched its consultation on the ‘deeply flawed’ Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards as part of a review of the law governing the detention and treatment of people who have reduced mental capacity.

New learning resources: Focus on supporting successful integration, emotional resilience, resource allocation and much more

03 June 2015

Building upon our existing resources, Research in Practice for Adults publishes five new publications on the themes of successful integrated working, resource allocation, emotional resilience and community capacity. Our publications have been given a new design to reflect our new product lines and to clarify each resource’s key audience.

Leaders’ Forum 2015 provides opportunity to explore community engagement and resilience

30 April 2015

4-5 June, CoventryThis year’s Leaders’ Forum will explore the topic of community engagement, community resilience and building social capital; providing an opportunity for leaders of local services for children and families and adult social care, to explore pressing issues with their peers.

Open access resource: Research and Policy Update on safeguarding and domestic abuse

20 April 2015

The Research and Policy Update is RiPfA’s monthly digest of research articles and policy highlights relating to a particular area of Care Act implementation.

In this edition we’re focusing on safeguarding and domestic abuse.

The Care Act - Are we meeting the needs of young carers?

24 March 2015

Practice Tool - Young Carers Assessments: we are currently working on a new resource which will be published in September aimed at supporting practitioners and managers who are working with families where children and young people have a caring role.

Safeguarding and domestic abuse - recorded webinar now online

09 March 2015

Have your say: contribute to the review of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards The Law Commission yesterday launched its consultation on the ‘deeply flawed’ Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards as part of a review of the law governing the detention and treatment of people who have reduced mental capacity.

Delivery Programme 2015-16 and Annual Review 2014-15

04 March 2015

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our brand new Delivery Programme. The programme of learning events and resources is informed by the topics our members voted on in our recent consultation. It focuses on key issues affecting our sector this year, and can be grouped into three themes...

Putting people at the heart of services; making outcomes meaningful

23 February 2015

Improve your understanding and reinvigorate your practice with this one-day conference looking at how to implement outcomes-led approaches. 26 March 2015, Birmingham

Safeguarding across the lifespan training workshops

29 January 2015

We are running four workshops between now and the end of March to support Team Managers who need to understand and deliver effective lifespan safeguarding in practice for people with learning disabilities. The recent publication of the Winterbourne View - Time for Change report once again focuses the media spotlight on the events at Winterbourne View back in 2011. The report is focused very much around the requirements for commissioners, but highlights that some of the progress against the Winterbourne View concordat has not been at the pace predicted.

Understanding self- neglect

20 January 2015

Workshop: Supporting people who self-neglect: 29th April Prof. Suzy Braye, Dr David Orr and Prof. Michael Preston-Shoot will share findings from their recent research and guide discussion to help practitioners respond effectively to support people who self-neglect.

Improving practice and preparing for inspection with NICE quality standards

14 January 2015

Improving practice and preparing for inspection: new resources to support managers of care homes for older people. NICE has published a new resource that outlines how quality standards fit with other improvement initiatives and suggests ways you can use NICE quality standards to improve practice, including preparing for inspection. It also identifies which quality standard statements are likely to be most relevant for each of CQC’s 5 key questions...

NICE publish final scope on the transition between inpatient mental health and community/care home settings

22 December 2014

The National Institute to Health and Care Excellent (NICE) last week published the final scope relating to their forthcoming guideline on the transition between inpatient mental health settings and community or care home settings for people with social care needs.

Research in Practice for Adults Annual Conference

17 December 2014

Putting people at the heart of services: Making outcomes meaningful The annual Research in Practice for Adults Conference takes place on 26 March 2015 in Birmingham. This year the conference will focus on how to put an outcomes-based approach into practice.

Research in Practice for Adults launches new partnership with Sanctuary Supported Living

27 November 2014

Research in Practice for Adults is delighted to welcome Sanctuary Supported Living as the newest member of our partner network. Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL) provides supported housing and care across England to individuals with various needs. The membership reflects their commitment to professional development, and will give all staff access to a full learning programme to support the continuous improvement of their standards of service delivery and care.

Good assessment guides

13 November 2014

Good assessment: a practitioner’s handbook and practice tool Helping assessors and organisations to improve assessments in line with best practice and the Care Act 2014.

Innovation in enablement

07 November 2014

Does anyone in your organisation demonstrate innovative practice around enablement in dementia? Research in Practice for Adults is starting to develop a new publication focusing on Enablement in Dementia, authored by Imogen Blood, who has a wealth of experience working in the field of older people with high support needs and dementia and equality.

New resources launched to support effective assessment on the frontline

29 October 2014

Research in Practice for Adults has produced two new resources to meet the current needs and priorities of organisations working in adult social care. The Good assessment handbook and practice tool have been developed to support leaders, managers and practitioners in developing and implementing good assessment across their services.

Resource for Care Home Managers: supporting mental wellbeing of older people in care homes

01 October 2014

The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC) has launched a tailored resource for Care Home Managers to help support implementation of NICE quality standards on the mental wellbeing of older people in care homes. A decline in mental quality of life should not be seen as an inevitable part of ageing. People living in care homes should have access to good mental and physical health services to play a full part in their care home community and enable a personally fulfilling quality of life.

Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?

22 September 2014

"Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. It has physical, psychological, social and economical impact on caregivers, families and society." (WHO*)

Empowering communities to find solutions

12 August 2014

Research in Practice for Adults is holding its annual Leaders’ Forum on 2-3 October to help Local Authority leaders consider how they can work with effectively with their communities to develop and deliver services.

Assistive technology / dementia research project: Local authority ‘hosts’ needed

19 June 2014

Research in Practice for Adults wanted to draw attention to an interesting project (Assistive Technology and Telecare to Maintain Independent Living At Home for People with Dementia 'ATTILA'), which requires local authority ‘hosts’.

National Care Home open day

12 June 2014

On June 20th 2014, thousands of UK care homes will be opening their doors to welcome the public, connect residents with their local communities, and change perceptions of care homes for good.

You can find out more about this day here.

Help us evaluate the NICE social care quality standards on autism

05 June 2014

NICE social care quality standards focus on the services and interventions that support the social care needs of people who use services. In order to ensure that quality standards are relevant and valuable to the social care and health sectors, we need to successfully measure awareness and use across their intended audiences.

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