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Schwartz Center Rounds® were created from an idea by Kenneth B. Schwartz - who passed away in 1995 from lung cancer, aged 40. A few months before Kenneth B. Schwartz passed away, Schwartz wrote an essay about the feelings of receiving compassionate care and shared this experience suggesting that everyone…
Hundreds of thousands of NHS patients could be given funds to pay for their own healthcare under new government plans. The scheme would see controversial "personal budgets" rolled out to around 350,000 people in a bid to "put power back in the hands of patients". Currently just 23,000 NHS users…
Dementia care for elderly people living in care homes is improved by just one hour of social interaction each week, a study suggests. A large-scale trial found that increasing the amount of social interaction improves quality of life when combined with personalised care, and also saves money. Previous research has…
Everyone has the right to have personal relationships, including people with learning disabilities. It’s vital that adult social care workers have the right values, skills and knowledge to support people with personal relationships – and training is a vital part of this. New guidance, from Skills For Care, aims to…
Public sector organisations are being driven to produce greater efficiencies and cost savings, and the NHS in particular is facing the requirement to do more with less, and deliver better and more effective care while at the same time reducing a fiscal deficit. This economic challenge has been the catalyst…
An event to share information and help raise awareness of Advance Care Planning is to take place in Magherafelt tomorrow [Wednesday 13 September]. The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health & Social Care Board (HSCB) in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, on behalf of the Regional Palliative Care programme –…
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,…
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