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New publications to support practice

15 February 2017

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RiPfA has published several new resources to support evidence-informed practice, focusing on:

  • Effective systems to support people with learning disabilities
  • Developing effective commissioner and provider relationships
  • Supporting adults with learning disabilities to have positive sexual relationships
  • Working with people who hoard
  • Good practice in end of life care
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The release also marks the launch of our brand new ‘Easy Read’ Customer Guides and forms part of our package of learning focusing on working to support people with learning disabilities.

A Mapping Resource (PDF) provides more information on each publication and related titles from our back catalogue. Individuals can use this quick guide to support workforce development, individual learning needs and specific areas of practice. 


Image: Effective systems to support people with learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing (2017)Effective systems to support people with learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing

People with learning disabilities or autism have consistently poorer outcomes than the general population in areas such as health, life expectancy and quality of life. What kind of social care systems can help to even out these inequalities so that people with learning disabilities can live good lives? This Strategic Briefing will talk through policy, evidence and practice to inform leaders’ plans.

Who’s it for: Senior decision-makers working across Adults’ Services.

Paperback price: £10 (no VAT to pay)

Download Price: £12 (includes VAT)


Image: Developing effective commissioner and provider relationships: Strategic BriefingDeveloping effective commissioner and provider relationships: Strategic Briefing

As more services are commissioned by Local Authorities within the context of reducing resources, it can be a challenging time for the relationship between commissioners and providers. This briefing will examine the current situation, barriers and enablers, and how to establish collaborative working practices to achieve the best outcomes for clients and communities.

Who’s it for: Commissioners and providers.

Paperback price: £10 (no VAT to pay)

Download Price: £12 (includes VAT)

 


Image: Supporting adults with learning disabilities to have positive sexual relationships: Frontline Briefing (2017)Supporting adults with learning disabilities to have positive sexual relationships: Frontline Briefing

Adults with learning disabilities aspire to have intimate relationships as most people do, yet often describe feeling lonely. Practice has traditionally focused on ‘keeping people safe’ by limiting rather than encouraging relationships.

This briefing will focus on how practitioners can support people to have positive relationships and minimise the risk of exploitation. It will also focus on how to enable adults with learning disabilities to define what they want and expect from a relationship.

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

Paperback price: £12 (no VAT to pay)

Download price: £14.40 (includes VAT)

 


Image: Working with people who hoard: Frontline Briefing (2017)Working with people who hoard: Frontline Briefing

The NHS estimates that between two and five percent of adults in the UK may have symptoms of a hoarding disorder. Social care practitioners may have a role to play in supporting people who hoard. This work can be complex, and may necessitate a multi-agency response. This briefing builds on our Working with people who self-neglect: Practice Tool to outline the evidence on hoarding, and how to best support people who are engaging in hoarding behaviours.

Who’s it for: Frontline practitioners and managers.

Paperback price: £12 (no VAT to pay)

Download price: £14.40 (includes VAT)


Image: Good practice at end of life for social care practitioners: Practice Tool (2017)Good practice in end of life care: Practice Tool

When working with people and their families at the end of their life it is important that we work in a way that enables people to have the best possible experience of death. Practitioners can feel uncertain about what constitutes best practice and may need support to have positive conversations.

This Practice Tool, informed by key issues and evidence discussed in the related webinar, provides methods for practitioners to use when working with people and their families.

Who’s it for: Frontline practitioners and managers.

Paperback price: £10 (no VAT to pay)

Download Price: £12 (includes VAT)


Image: What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005? Customer Guide - Easy Read version (2017)What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005?: Customer Guide (Easy Read version)

Sometimes people who have, for example, dementia, a learning disability, mental illness or a brain injury are unable to make decisions. Short term conditions like concussion or having a urinary tract infection can also affect people’s ability to make decisions.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a law which says what to do when people are unable to make decisions for themselves and how they can plan for the future in case they lose capacity. This guide provides a jargon-free introduction to the Act.

Who’s it for: All social care practitioners and service users.

Download Price: £0.96 (includes VAT)


Image: What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? Customer Guide - Easy Read version (2017)What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards?: Customer Guide (Easy Read version)

Councils have to ensure that people who are unable to make their own decisions about where they live are safeguarded from having their liberty restricted. It is essential that the public, families and carers understand what these safeguards are.

This updated Customer Guide provides a jargon-free introduction to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), explains how they work and sets out what to expect. It also takes into account the Supreme Court ruling in 2014 that further clarified the legal definition of being ‘deprived of liberty’.

Who’s it for: All service users.

Download Price: £0.96 (includes VAT)

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