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

19 October 2016
Newly published resources for 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.

Enabling social care to thrive in an integrated environment: Leaders’ Briefing

Image: Enabling social care to thrive in an integrated environmentThe Care Act 2014 promotes the need for integration across health and social care, as well as wider partnerships. This briefing looks at the progress made so far and some of the challenges that are being faced. Although many local authorities and NHS providers have begun work on this, it is clear that overcoming current challenges will not be a quick or simple task. This briefing is designed to enable leaders to understand the barriers, review existing models, and rethink how integration can work in their local area to support effective service delivery.

Who’s it for: Senior leaders responsible for safeguarding services, practitioners who want to understand the broader picture and elected members (councillors) responsible for Adults’ Services.

Paperback price: £10.00 (no VAT to pay)
Download price: £12.00 (includes VAT)


What rights do carers have to an assessment of their needs? Customer Guide

Image: What rights to carers' have to an assessment of their needs?Before the Care Act came into force in April 2015, carers did not have a legal right to social care support (although some authorities did in fact provide it). This short guide contains information for carers to help them understand what their new rights are and how to access support.

Who's it for: All social care practitioners, carers, service users and their families.

Paperback price: £0.80 (no VAT to pay)
Download price: £0.96 (includes VAT)


Legal literacy: Practice Tool (online only)

Image: Legal literacy - Practice ToolLegal literacy matters because the law determines how and when the state can intervene in the lives of individuals. It also serves as a valuable tool to support empowering, enabling and rights-focused social work and social care practice.

This resource uses tools and exercises to develop practitioners’ understanding of the legal framework that underpins their role and improve their confidence in working with the law.

Who’s it for: Practitioners, team leaders, managers.

Download price: £12.00 (includes VAT)


Using a mentalising approach in adult social care: Frontline Briefing

Image: Using a mentalising approach in adult social careMentalisation is the ability to think about one’s own and other people’s behaviour and underlying mental states. It can be employed to engage people in the process of change, support emotional resilience and enable relationship-based working with adults and families. It is also valuable in supervision and for professional development.

This resource provides examples of local practice along with guidance to enable understanding of a mentalising approach and how to use it in direct work.

Who’s it for: Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults and their families.

Paperback price: £12.00 (no VAT to pay)
Download price: £14.40 (includes VAT)

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