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Reducing emergency hospital admissions – what is the role of social care? Strategic Briefing

strategic briefings Published: Oct 2017

Reducing emergency hospital admissions – what is the role of social care? Strategic Briefing

This briefing explores how services can adopt strengths-based approaches when working with older people, to reduce the need for hospital admissions. It also builds an understanding of how preventable factors, such as loneliness, contribute to hospital admissions.

Case studies are used throughout, to demonstrate how local areas have used these approaches successfully in practice.

Aimed at: Senior managers, service leads and commissioners.

Number of pages: 20
Preview available.
Product code: AD-STB-015

Sexual Exploitation: Brief Guide (2017)

brief guides Published: Oct 2017

Sexual Exploitation: Brief Guide (2017)

This Brief Guide provides a clear and concise overview of the roles and responsibilities of social care services around the sexual exploitation of adults. Written by individuals accessing adult social care and their carers, it outlines what to expect of services and professionals in this area of work.

Aimed at: People accessing services, families and carers.

Number of pages: 6
Preview available.
Product code: AD-CUG-020

Evaluating family group conferences with adults: Practice Tool

practice tools and guides Published: Oct 2017

Evaluating family group conferences with adults: Practice Tool

This practice tool aims to support practitioners and managers who are already running a family group conference (FGC) service for adults, and those who are considering developing a service.

It provides an overview of:

  • The current evidence base regarding FGCs with adults.
  • The complexities of measuring the impact of FGCs on outcomes for adults and their families.
  • Practical ideas to support the evaluation of the process and outcomes of an FGC service for adults.

Aimed at: All those involved in adult family group conferences, including senior leaders, managers and coordinators already running or looking to set up a family group conference service for adults.

Number of pages: 28
Preview available.
Product code: AD-PTL-018

Making an outcomes approach work in practice: Frontline Briefing (2017)

frontline resources Published: Jun 2017

Making an outcomes approach work in practice: Frontline Briefing (2017)

This Frontline Briefing explores how we can support people using social care services to define the outcomes they want for themselves. It asks which approaches will work for everyone – people using services, staff and commissioners?

Updating and revising the original Key Issue published in 2014, it also includes policy context, definitions of outcomes and practical examples of outcomes-based practice.

Aimed at: Practitioners, managers and commissioners.

Number of pages: 24
Preview available
Product code: AD-FBR-007

Good recording: Practice Tool (2017)

practice tools and guides Published: Jun 2017

Good recording: Practice Tool (2017)

This Practice Tool provides an overview of the importance and purpose of recording, with resources and case studies to support reflection and professional development. The tools support:

  • preparation for recording
  • professional writing
  • note-taking and recording outcomes-focused conversations
  • recording analysis, rationale, decisions and actions.

Its main focus is on recording assessment conversations. However, the principles apply to all professional recording.

Aimed at: Practitioners and managers across social care and wider services for adults.

Number of pages: 24
Preview available
Product code: AD-PTL-017

Embedding human rights in adult social care: Leaders' Briefing (2017)

leaders briefings Published: Jun 2017

Embedding human rights in adult social care: Leaders' Briefing (2017)

Whilst public authorities have a legal duty to protect the rights of individuals, human rights considerations are also relevant to the ethical practice of all providers of health and social care.

This briefing examines a human rights approach in adult social care, including how organisational policy can help to embed human rights in practice.

Aimed at: Strategic leaders, Directors, Councillors, Trustees and senior managers.

Number of pages: 24
Preview available
Product code: AD-LBR-005

What is a family group conference for adults? Brief Guide (2017)

brief guides Published: Jun 2017

What is a family group conference for adults? Brief Guide (2017)

A family group conference is a facilitated decision-making meeting, which aims to help the individual and/or family find solutions to problems. This might be where there are concerns about an adults’ safety or wellbeing, encouraging the family to find their own lasting solutions by building on their strengths and resources.

This Brief Guide explains what this service is and how it might help people accessing services and their families.

Aimed at: People accessing services, carers and families; social care practitioners, including social workers and family group conference coordinators.

Number of pages: 6
Preview available
Product code: AD-CUG-019

Supporting outcomes-focused practice: Learning Resources (open access)

practice tools and guides Published: Jun 2017

Supporting outcomes-focused practice: Learning Resources (open access)

These easy to use open access resources demonstrate how to have, record and reflect on outcomes conversations, and are available as downloadable tools and case studies on a dedicated website. Each gives clear examples of outcomes-focused practice, as well as guidance on how to deliver it. They are intended to support all practitioners and are particularly useful to students and people in their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

The site also introduces the Outcomes Triangle, a new model designed to be used in care planning to support conversations about outcomes. The triangle focuses on the three key elements of: wellbeing; social networks; and environment; and is underpinned by a list of the core skills that practitioners need.

These resources are the outputs of a Research in Practice for Adults Change Project.

Aimed at: Social workers and all other health and social care practitioners.

These learning resources are open access.

Go to the resources to support outcomes-focused practice.

Research in Practice for Adults resources 2016-17

delivery programme Published: Jun 2017

Research in Practice for Adults resources 2016-17

RiPfA

Our Work 2016-17

The Research in Practice for Adults Our Work 2016-17 resource reviews our year in practice.

It contains an overview of key themes we have focused on from April 2016 – March 2017, as well as links to relevant learning materials including publications, workshops, webinars, research and policy updates, legal summaries and blogs. It also details bespoke projects we have worked on and other support available for our Partners and non-partners alike.

Individuals can use the publication to map specific materials to their learning and development needs, as well as a guide to Research in Practice for Adults resources.

Supporting confident social work practice with people living with dementia: Learning Resources (open access)

practice tools and guides Published: May 2017

Supporting confident social work practice with people living with dementia: Learning Resources (open access)

These open access learning resources support social work practice with people living with dementia, focusing on five practice principles:

  • Start with the person
  • Maintain a relationship
  • Involve support networks
  • Uphold people’s rights
  • Work with ongoing change

The resources include case studies, practical tools and guidance, and are available on an open access website. They were commissioned by the Department of Health and developed by Research in Practice for Adults.

Aimed at: Social workers, managers, educators, allied professionals, agencies and organisations working with people living with dementia.

These learning resources are open access.

Go to the supporting social work practice for people living with dementia learning resources.

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