2013

RPU 89 November 2013

This month’s RPU includes:

Two pieces of news about the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework:

  • an online map has been produced of the data from 2012/13
  • the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework for 2014/15has been published.

RPU 88 October 2013

  • Resettlement of individuals with learning disabilities into community care: A risk audit.  (2013) Roger Elis, Elaine Hogard and David Sines.  Journal of Intellectual Disabilities 17:252.
  • ‘She’s usually quicker than the calculator’: financial management and decision-making in couples living with dementia. (2013) Geraldine Boyle. Health and Social Care in the Community 21(5), 554 - 562.
  • Partnership working and outcomes: do health and social care partnerships deliver for users and carers?  (2013) Alison Petch, Ailsa Cook and Emma Miller.  Health and Social Care in the Community 21 (6), 623 – 633.
  • Why do some people with intellectual disability engage in offending behaviour and what can we do about it?  Editorial. (2013).  William R. Lindsay, Richard P. Hastings, Nigel Beail. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 26, 351 – 356.
  • Contact with primary care: The experience of people with intellectual disabilities. 2013. Jonathan Perry, David Felce, Mike Kerr, Stuart Bartley, Judith Tomlinson, Janet Felce. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Early view
  • Inherently risky?: Personal budgets for people with dementia and the risks of financial abuse: findings from an interview-based study with adult safeguarding coordinators. (2013). Jill Manthorpe and Kritika Samsi. British Journal of Social Work 43, 889- 903.
  • Improving nursing home care for dementia: is the environment the answer?  (2013) Anne Margriet Pot.  Aging and Mental Health 17:7, 785 – 787.
  • Difficulties in implementing supported employment for people with severe mental health problems. (2013). Jed Boardman and Miles Rinaldi.  The British Journal of Psychiatry 203: 247 – 249.
  • Insights and principles for supporting social engagement in rural older people.  J Walker et al. (2013). Ageing and Society 33. 938 – 963.
  • Older people and human rights in home care

RPU 87 August 2013

This month’s RPU has a focus on journal articles.

  • Money, finance and the personalisation agenda for people with learning disabilities in the UK: some emerging issues.
  • Telecare for an elderly population?
  • Systematic review of the effects of telecare provided for a person with social care needs on outcomes for their informal carers.
  • Effect of telecare on use of health and social care services: findings from the Whole Systems Demonstrator cluster randomised trial.
  • Supported housing for people with Down’s syndrome.
  • The full spectrum of ethical issues in dementia care: systematic qualitative review.
  • Organisational rules and discretion in adult social work
  • A qualitative exploration of the views and experiences of family court magistrates making decisions in care proceedings involving parents with learning disabilities.
  • The psychological impact of abuse on men and women with severe intellectual disabilities.
  • The stories of older parents of adult sons and daughters with autism: a balancing act.

RPU 86 July 2013

This month’s RPU has a focus on journal articles.

  • Money, finance and the personalisation agenda for people with learning disabilities in the UK: some emerging issues.
  • Telecare for an elderly population?
  • Systematic review of the effects of telecare provided for a person with social care needs on outcomes for their informal carers.
  • Effect of telecare on use of health and social care services: findings from the Whole Systems Demonstrator cluster randomised trial.
  • Supported housing for people with Down’s syndrome.
  • The full spectrum of ethical issues in dementia care: systematic qualitative review.
  • Organisational rules and discretion in adult social work
  • A qualitative exploration of the views and experiences of family court magistrates making decisions in care proceedings involving parents with learning disabilities.
  • The psychological impact of abuse on men and women with severe intellectual disabilities.
  • The stories of older parents of adult sons and daughters with autism: a balancing act.

RPU 85 June 2013

This month’s RPU starts with a document from the National Collaboration for Integrated Care and Support entitled Integrated Care: Our Shared Commitment. There are then two short pieces about dementia – the first being the announcement that the NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia is open for entries, and the next being the annual report of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia. There are then two sets of information about the Care Bill, the first being a summary from the Government about how the Care Bill fits to the Francis Report and the Caring for our Future White Paper and the second a series of factsheets about the Care Bill.  The Government section finishes with information about the Department of Health 2013-14 Corporate Plan. Think Local Act Personal have commissioned a National Personal Budgets Survey,which is summarised here, and that is followed by another survey report  - the Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England. Mind have published a report titled Personal budgets in England – making them work in mental health. There are then two reports from SCIE.  Firstly, a report into maximising the potential of reablement, and then a Practice enquiry into supervision in a variety of adult care settings where there are health and social care practitioners working together. Finally, we outline a report from a group of charities calling for investment in preventative care and support for disabled adults.

RPU 84 May 2013

Firstly this month, a number of documents and new initiatives from the Government.  The NHS Choices website now includes new Care profiles, allowing people to look up and compare different residential and home care services. There is also news on the new dementia quality standard and commissioning guide, published by NICE, and also a useful document which explains the new Health and Care System. Finally from the Government, there is the publishing of the code of conduct and national minimum training for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England.

There are then two documents about dementia, one about how social workers can make personal budgets work for people with dementia, and the 2013 Alzheimer’s society report entitled Dementia 2013: The hidden voice of loneliness.

Think Local Act Personal have published some new “Making it real” tools and there is an interesting document on the transition to adult services and adulthood for young people with autistic spectrum conditions. SPRU have published their evaluation of the personal health budget pilot programme, and ADASS have issued a press release about their latest survey of directors which focuses on social care funding, and is subtitled “a bleak outlook is getting bleaker”.  There are then documents on Personal Independence Payment user-centred design and strengths based approaches to social care and another on Empowering Communities, Protecting Victims: Summary report on the community trigger trials. Finally a document from Shelter about the experiences of families claiming housing benefit during a time of cuts and changes to benefits

 

RPU 83 April 2013

Welcome to the eighty third Research and Policy Update from research in practice for adults. This month’s RPU has a focus on journal articles and includes the following:

  • The formal support experiences of family carers of people with an intellectual disability who also display challenging behaviour and/or mental health issues: What do carers say?
  • Personal assistance: what happens to the arrangement when the number of users increases and new user groups are included?
  • “The unwilling and the unwell”? Exploring stakeholders’ perceptions of working with long-term sickness benefits recipients.
  • Managing identity in early-stage dementia: maintaining a sense of being valued.
  • Why carers of people with dementia do not utilise out-of-home respite services.
  • Self-directed support and people with learning disabilities: a review of the published research evidence
  • The effectiveness of inter-professional working for older people living in the community: a systematic review.
  • Anger management interventions for adults with learning disabilities living in the community: a review of recent (2000 – 2010) evidence. Reflections on change: supporting people with learning disabilities in residential services.

RPU 82 March 2013

The Fifth Year of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) Service report provides statistical information by local authority area on IMCA referrals in areas such as care reviews and adult safeguarding and comments on the trends emerging, with recommendations for improvements.

The government’s Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy makes a call for sustained and co-ordinated multi-agency action to prevent and manage the disease.  For local authorities, there is a clear link with joint-working to reduce health inequalities and improve public health.

The Personal Health Budgets Winter update / newsletter keeps the momentum going for the extension of personal health budgets and the development of joint health and social care budgets.  Views are also invited on changes to direct payments for healthcare as part of a Consultation (details below).

Infection Prevention and Control in Care Homes is a detailed and practical resource developed with the Health Protection Agency and Care Quality Commission.  It is intended principally for care home managers, but will also assist commissioning and contracting managers and public health in undertaking risk assessments and developing policies.

The government has published the responses sent in response to the Consultation on Strengthening the NHS Constitution.

The Care Quality Commission report, Not Just A Number gives an overview based on the national home care inspection programme and makes recommendations in areas such as late or missed calls, lack of continuity of care workers, and poor care planning.

The second Care Quality Commission Care Update provides an overview of performance based on inspections across the NHS, adult social care and dental care. It features a Focus on Dementia, which highlights the ways in which the health and social care system is struggling to cope with the rise in dementia.

Improving Later Life – Understanding the Oldest Old from Age UK is a lively and thought-provoking summary of the evidence about the experiences and needs of people who are 85 and over, a poorly understood and under-researched group, but one that is growing.

 

RPU 81 February 2013

The Government has published the results of several 2012 consultations:

  • Responses to the draft Care and Support Bill consultation
  • Government response to Liberating the NHS: No Decision About Me Without Me
  • Responses to the consultation regarding local government scrutiny

RPU 80 January 2013

 

  • This month’s RPU has a focus on journal articles, covering the following:
  • The views of people who care for adults with Down’s syndrome and dementia: a service evaluation.
  • Engaging Community Support in Safeguarding Adults from Self-Neglect.
  • The experiences of neighbour, volunteer and professional support-givers in supporting community dwelling older people.
  • Adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour: the costs and outcomes of in and out-of-area placements.
  • Transfer of training: the missing link in training and the quality of adult social care.
  • What things make people with a learning disability happy and satisfied with their lives: an inclusive research project.
  • How do people described as having a learning disability make sense of friendship?
  • Engaging with involuntary service users in social work: findings from a knowledge exchange project.