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Open access resources to support outcomes-focused practice

15 June 2017

Image: New open access resources for social workers, health and social care practitioners to support outcomes-focused practiceResearch in Practice for Adults has launched new open access resources for social workers, health and social care practitioners to support outcomes-focused practice.

These resources demonstrate how to have, record and reflect on outcomes conversations and are available as downloadable tools and case studies on an open access websiteThey are intended to support all practitioners and are particularly useful to students and people in their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). 

The resources cover:

  • Defining outcomes: a guide containing useful definitions of what is meant by outcomes, what makes an outcome, and how they differ from needs and outputs.
  • Powerful questioning: a tool to support designing questions in preparation for conversations about outcomes.
  • Preparing for the conversation: a checklist of actions and things to consider before and after conducting outcomes-focused discussions.
  • Outcomes conversation tool: designed to support communication skills.
  • Identifying outcomes: how to identify, enable, review and measure outcomes as part of a conversation.
  • Characteristics of good recording: a checklist to reflect on current practice and to support accurate recording of outcomes-focused conversations. 
  • Critical reflection: a tool to use in supervision to review and improve the quality of decision-making.

The site also introduces the Outcomes Triangle: a new model designed to be used in care planning to support conversations about outcomes. The triangle includes prompts for practice, and highlights three key elements for practitioners to consider and cover when preparing for or conducting outcomes-focused discussions: wellbeing; social networks; and environment.

The Outcomes Triangle is underpinned by a list of the core skills that practitioners need, along with factsheets to help develop each of these skills.

Access the resources to support outcomes-focused practice.

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