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Richard Banks shares some ideas being considered by the Residential Forum for a neighbourhood approach to designing models of residential and supported living. How did social care get to be in such a difficult place? The quick answer is that successive governments in England have perpetuated a policy vacuum for…
Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care have announced a new Framework to support person-centred approaches for the health and social care workforce. This approach, outlined in the Five Year Forward View, puts people, families and communities at the heart of health, care and wellbeing. It encourages…
Person-centred activities combined with just one hour a week of social interaction can improve quality of life and reduce agitation for people with dementia living in care homes, while saving money. These are the findings from a large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, King’s College London and Oxford…
Personal assistance relationships are usually empowering and flexible for both employer and workers, but can become emotionally fraught and even wounded, according to a report launched today. Findings of the study into the diversity and complexity of relationships between disabled people and personal assistants will be presented in London today,…
Disability Rights UK has partnered with University of Birmingham and Sport England to develop evidence based guidelines to help social workers to have conversations with disabled people in receipt of social care support (personal budgets and direct payments) about how and where to be physically active and importantly why. findings…
Pilotlight was a five year programme funded by the Scottish Government, and developed by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss), as part of the implementation of self-directed support. Pilotlight has co-designed seven pathways to self-directed support focusing on mental health, risk, self-employment, young people in transition,…
A new book, written by two academics at the University of Worcester, aims to encourage social workers to get back to the ‘personal’ touch. Social work has become increasingly depersonalised in an era of managerialism and performance management, with many aspects of what were once known as the ‘personal social…
A University of Plymouth graduate has co-designed a new care planning document, known as the ‘Tool’, for empowering care patients and helping carers to better understand their needs. Nicola Wheeler, who recently graduated as a Clinical Psychologist, has developed the ‘Person-centred Wellbeing Care Planning Tool’ alongside Occupational Therapist, Rachael Gardner.…
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