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Frontline Briefings

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In-depth exploration of specific topics, along with recommendations for best practice to support evidence-informed service delivery.

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

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

    Published: Feb 2017

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

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

    Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults and their families.

    Number of pages: 24
    Preview available.
    Product code: AD-FBR-006
    Working with people who hoard: Frontline Briefing (2017)

    Published: Jan 2017

    Working with people who hoard: Frontline Briefing (2017)

    The NHS estimates that between two and five per cent 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 Practice tool: working with people who self-neglect to outline the evidence on hoarding, and how to best support people who are engaging in hoarding behaviours.

    Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers.

    Number of pages: 16
    Preview available.
    Product code: AD-FBR-005
    Using a mentalising approach in adult social care: Frontline Briefing (2016)

    Published: Oct 2016

    Using a mentalising approach in adult social care: Frontline Briefing (2016)

    Mentalisation 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.

    Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults and their families.

    Number of pages: 20
    Preview available.
    Product code: AD-FBR-004
    Risk enablement: Frontline Briefing (2016)

    Published: Feb 2016

    Risk enablement: Frontline Briefing (2016)

    With the cultural shift currently taking place in social care, enabling people is a core skill for frontline workers - influencing how people are consulted, how risk is worked with and how outcomes are achieved. This Frontline Briefing explains how risk enablement relates to the Care Act 2014, identifies examples of good practice and provides useful tools and methods for working effectively with risk.

    This briefing is accompanied by a reference chart Risk enablement (CHART): Frontline Briefing which provides an outline of some of the key definitions and considerations in risk enablement.

    Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults and their families.

    Number of pages: 16
    Preview available.
    Product code: AD-FBR-003
    Risk enablement (CHART): Frontline Briefing (2016)

    Published: Feb 2016

    Risk enablement (CHART): Frontline Briefing (2016)

    This chart accompanies the full Research in Practice for Adults Frontline Briefing: Risk enablement. The briefing looks at how social care practitioners can manage the potentially conflicting demands of risk and enablement in order to promote wellbeing. This concise reference chart provides key definitions and outlines key considerations in risk enablement. It should be used in conjunction with the main briefing as an aid and reminder of the issues outlined in greater detail within that resource.

    Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults and their families.

    Number of pages: 4
    Adult attachment - Implications for adult social care practice: Frontline Briefing (2015)

    Published: Sep 2015

    Adult attachment - Implications for adult social care practice: Frontline Briefing (2015)

    Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

    Attachment theory helps us to understand how attachment patterns evolve through past relationships and the impact these have on current and future behaviours and relationships, including parenting and caregiving. This briefing contains practical guidance on how to apply the latest theories to work more effectively with adults as well as how to use it in supervision and the workplace.

    Aimed at: Anyone who works with adults.

    Number of pages: 20
    Preview available.
    Product code: AD-FBR-002
    Supporting successful integration - improving outcomes in social care and health: Frontline Briefing (2015)

    Published: Mar 2015

    Supporting successful integration - improving outcomes in social care and health: Frontline Briefing (2015)

    Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

    The Care Act’s focus on achieving positive outcomes increases the emphasis on integrated health and social care services. This briefing examines how to increase the effectiveness of multi-agency teamwork by developing a shared understanding of the complementary responsibilities and areas of expertise of the team members. It will help you explain the value that social work brings to multi-agency teams in terms of prevention, reablement and enablement.

    Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults and their families.

    Number of pages: 12
    Preview available.
    Product code: AD-FBR-001
    Supporting successful integration - improving outcomes in social care and health (CHART): Frontline Briefing (2015)

    Published: Mar 2015

    Supporting successful integration - improving outcomes in social care and health (CHART): Frontline Briefing (2015)

    Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

    This chart accompanies the full Research in Practice for Adults Frontline Briefing Supporting successful integration: Improving outcomes in social care and health. The briefing looks at how social care practitioners can maintain their professional identity while effectively contributing to building strong integrated teams. Particular focus is placed on early intervention and prevention.

    Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults and their families.

    Number of pages: 3
    Product code: AD-FBT-001