Social Work

Use of health and social care by people with cancer – Nuffield Trust – 2 June 2014

Posted on June 3, 2014. Filed under: Oncology, Social Work | Tags: |

Use of health and social care by people with cancer – Nuffield Trust – 2 June 2014

“This report presents the results of our study into the primary, secondary and social care use of people diagnosed with cancer.

Summary

There are estimated to be around two million people living with cancer in the UK. Improved survival rates, earlier detection and an ageing population have led to cancer incidence increasing, but it is now seen as a chronic condition rather than necessarily a fatal illness. This shift has led to a growing focus on survivorship, and on the long-term needs of those living with and after cancer.

To find out how this impacts on the use of health and social care services, we used data linkage methods to track the patterns of service use across health and social care in the year after people were diagnosed with cancer.”

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Standards for Employers of Social Workers in England – revised – LGA – 20 May 2014

Posted on May 22, 2014. Filed under: Social Work, Workforce | Tags: , |

Standards for Employers of Social Workers in England – revised – LGA – 20 May 2014

Notification of publication from the Centre for Workforce Intelligence

“The Standards for Employers of Social Workers in England have been re-developed to give social work employers and those working in social work access to a pool of professional resources and information that incorporates the essentials of what supports good social work practice.

They aim to benefit every social worker employed by a local authority, health or voluntary sector organisation by clearly identifying the development opportunities, resources and accountability arrangements that employers should have in place to ensure they are providing the right level of support to social workers for their everyday work and continuing professional development.

The Standards, published on May 20, bring together an updated set of core values that are shared across local authorities, health and social care partners, ensuring that social workers can expect the same levels of support across all social worker roles in all organisations. They are aimed at enabling social workers to do their jobs more effectively and supporting them in today’s changing landscape of social services.

There are eight individual employer standards that cover all levels of employees from managers to student social workers. These fall into three over-arching areas of focus that social workers should expect:”

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Adult social care in England: overview – National Audit Office – 13 March 2014

Posted on March 13, 2014. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: , , |

Adult social care in England: overview – National Audit Office – 13 March 2014

“The provision of adequate adult social care poses a significant public service challenge. Demand for care is rising while public spending is falling.

In the first of a series of reports on the adult care system, the National Audit Office has highlighted the main risks and challenges as the system changes radically. The report points out that government does not know if the limits of the capacity of the care system to continue to absorb pressures are being approached. It warns that major changes to the system to improve outcomes and reduce costs will be challenging to achieve.

The report details increasing pressures on the system: adults with long-term and multiple health conditions and disabilities are living longer; demand for services is rising while public spending falls; and there is unmet need for care. Government is engaging well with the adult care sector and aims to tackle the pressures in the adult care system through introducing the Care Bill.”

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Press release: Adult social care in England: overview – NAO – 13 March 2014

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Fly-in fly-out workforce practices in Australia: The effects on children and family relationships – Australian Institute of Family Studies – February 2014

Posted on February 26, 2014. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Social Work | Tags: , |

Fly-in fly-out workforce practices in Australia: The effects on children and family relationships – Australian Institute of Family Studies – February 2014

ISSN 2200-4106 ISBN 978-1-922038-41-8

“A limited but growing amount of Australian research into fly-in fly-out (FIFO) work practices tentatively suggests that a FIFO lifestyle can have positive, negative or few effects on children and on family relationships, depending on the circumstances. Effects vary according to a range of contextual factors, such as workplace cultures, rosters and recruitment practices, as well as community and home environments, and individual characteristics. As a result, there is a high level of complexity involved in understanding the FIFO lifestyle and how it may impact on outcomes for children and family relationships. Substantial limitations in regards to the available evidence highlight the need for further research rather than providing any robust conclusions.”

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Delivering integrated care and support – The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) – December 2013

Posted on January 16, 2014. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: , , |

Delivering integrated care and support – The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) – December 2013

“Document that is the second review of research evidence completed for ADSW [Association of Directors of Social Work] by Professor Alison Petch from IRISS on the factors that underpin best health and social care integrated practice.

The original document, An evidence base for the delivery of adult services, published in 2011, presented the evidence for considering factors beyond those of structural change when planning to improve integrated outcomes for individuals. This latest report, Delivering integrated care and support, further adds to the knowledge base by focusing on the key dimensions for effective implementation of change.”

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The College of Social Work publishes new CPD resource for Approved Mental Health Professionals [UK] – 23 September 2013

Posted on September 27, 2013. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Social Work | Tags: , , , |

The College of Social Work publishes new CPD resource for Approved Mental Health Professionals [UK] – 23 September 2013

“The College of Social Work has published a new mapping tool to demonstrate how competencies required by social workers working as Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) meet professional development requirements for regulatory registration.

The tool is designed to enable social worker AMHPs to map their continuing professional development (CPD) targets within The College’s Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) to the standards of proficiency they need to meet for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The PCF mapping document was devised by members of the AMHP leads network together with TCSW and its own AMHP community of interest.”

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Promoting the engagement of interpreters in Victorian health services – Foundation House – The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture – June 2013

Posted on August 26, 2013. Filed under: Social Work, Workforce | Tags: |

Promoting the engagement of interpreters in Victorian health services – Foundation House – The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture – June 2013

Extract

“The evidence also indicates that there is an insufficient supply of credentialled interpreters who have skills in working in complex health environments. There is a compelling case for a broad national workforce and industry review.”

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Rewiring public services – adult social care and health – Local Government Association [UK] – 28 June 2013

Posted on July 23, 2013. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Social Work |

Rewiring public services – adult social care and health – Local Government Association [UK] – 28 June 2013

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Language support: challenges and benefits for users and providers of health and social care services – Race Equality Foundation – 2013

Posted on February 22, 2013. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: , |

Language support: challenges and benefits for users and providers of health and social care services – Race Equality Foundation – 2013

“Evidence on the significance of communication in the effective provision of health care suggests that language can be a significant barrier to accessing health and social care services.   This briefing paper identifies and discusses different approaches to language support in health and social care, by comparing the use of professional and volunteer interpreters.  The author identifies key implications for policy and practice from both a patient and a provider perspective, and offers an understanding of how interpreting can reduce health inequalities.”

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The Social Value Guide – Social Enterprise UK – December 2012

Posted on January 4, 2013. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: |

The Social Value Guide – Social Enterprise UK – December 2012

“Social enterprises place social value at the heart of how they work, and believe that public services should be delivered in a way that provides maximum public benefit to the local community. Because of this, Social Enterprise UK has long campaigned for commissioning and procurement to take social value into account, to ensure that the full weight of the public sector’s purchasing power is directed at achieving social and environmental benefits alongside financial efficiency.

The Public Services (Social Value) Act is a giant leap towards making this happen. The Act, which was granted Royal Assent in March 2012 and will be implemented from January 2013, will for the first time require public bodies to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the area.”

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The Business Case for Social Work with Adults – The College of Social Work – 3 December 2012

Posted on January 4, 2013. Filed under: Social Work |

The Business Case for Social Work with Adults – The College of Social Work – 3 December 2012

Press release   More information

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Effective supervision in social work and social care – Social Care Institute for Excellence – October 2012

Posted on October 24, 2012. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Social Work |

SCIE Research briefing 43: Effective supervision in social work and social care – Social Care Institute for Excellence – October 2012

By Professor John Carpenter and Caroline Webb, Bristol University, Dr Lisa Bostock and Caroline Coomber, SCIE

“Key messages

  • Research has demonstrated that good supervision is associated with job satisfaction, commitment to the organisation and retention.
  • Supervision appears to help reduce staff turnover and is significantly linked to employees’ perceptions of the support they receive from the organisation.
  • Good supervision is correlated with perceived worker effectiveness. There is some evidence that group supervision can increase critical thinking.
  • Supervision works best when it pays attention to task assistance, social and emotional support and that workers have a positive relationship with supervisors.
  • The emotionally charged nature of the work can place particular demands on people in the field. It is important to provide opportunities for reflective supervision.
  • In an inter-professional context, workers relate job satisfaction and professional development to their supervisor’s expert knowledge, regardless of whether respondents shared the same professional background.
  • The impact of supervision on outcomes for service users and carers has rarely been investigated. Anecdotal evidence suggests that supervision may promote empowerment, fewer complaints and more positive feedback.
  • Overall, the empirical basis for supervision in social work and social care in the UK is weak. Most of the evidence is correlational and derives from child welfare services in the US.”
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Understanding patterns of health and social care at the end of life – Nuffield Trust – 16 October 2012

Posted on October 17, 2012. Filed under: Palliative Care, Social Work | Tags: |

Understanding patterns of health and social care at the end of life – Nuffield Trust – 16 October 2012

“This report details the key findings from a study of over 73,000 people in England during the last 12 months of their lives. It suggests that social care may help prevent hospital admission.”

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Social work workforce planning resources – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – September 2012

Posted on October 5, 2012. Filed under: Social Work, Workforce | Tags: |

Social work workforce planning resources – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – September 2012

“This publication highlights the social work resources that have been co-produced to support workforce planning in social work.

Planning the social work workforce presents key leadership challenges for local authorities, independent social care providers and higher education institutions. Good workforce planning is a systematic process that involves identifying future need for social workers, and training and recruiting to these requirements.”

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Good support for people with complex needs: what does it look like and where is the evidence? – NIHR School for Social Care Research – August 2012

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Social Work |

Good support for people with complex needs: what does it look like and where is the evidence? – NIHR School for Social Care Research – August 2012

Gridley, K., Brooks, J. and Glendinning, C. (2012) Good support for people with complex needs: What does it look like and where is the evidence?, Research findings, NIHR School for Social Care Research, London.

“Abstract

The growing population of people with complex needs who require social care makes it important to find out what is the best way to support them. We looked at this question, interrogating the available research evidence, and also talking to the people directly concerned about what they want from social care.

Our findings come from a large-scale literature search of all the current UK research evidence on this subject. We also listened to people with complex needs, their carers, and members of specialist organisations about what works best.”

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Standards of proficiency – Social workers in England – Health Professions Council – 25 June 2012

Posted on June 26, 2012. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: , |

Standards of proficiency – Social workers in England – Health Professions Council – 25 June 2012

“Social workers in England will be regulated by the HPC (to be renamed the Health and Care Professions Council – HCPC) from Wednesday 1 August 2012.

The standards of proficiency (SoPs) set out what a social worker in England should know, understand and be able to do when they complete their social work training so that they can register with the HCPC. They set out clear expectations of a social worker’s knowledge and abilities when they start practising.

The work to set the standards of proficiency for social workers in England has developed alongside the work of the Social Work Reform Board. One outcome of the Reform Board, the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), is now managed by the College of Social Work.

The PCF describes the capabilities required of social workers at all stages of their career, whilst the SoPs set out what a social worker must know, understand and be able to do when they start practising for the first time.

As both the PCF and the SoPs were produced at the same time and will both be used by social work stakeholders, we have worked with The College of Social Work to map the SoPs to the PCF so that stakeholders can see how the two documents interact. We have published the mapping below.

We have also published a joint statement with The College of Social Work on the interactions between teh PCF and the SoPs. Click here to read our position statement.”

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Building a safe and confident future: Maintaining momentum. Progress report from the Social Work Reform Board [UK] – June 2012

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Social Work, Workforce |

Building a safe and confident future: Maintaining momentum. Progress report from the Social Work Reform Board [UK] – June 2012

“The Social Work Reform Board has published a report on Building a safe and confident future: Maintaining momentum. The report marks two years of work implementing recommendations of the Social Work Task Force.

A key area identified in the report was to develop a forecasting model for social worker supply and demand. The CfWI developed and host this model and support the implementation of the model to be used at a local level and the national workforce analysis. The model offers employers and partnerships the opportunity to work together on long terms strategic workforce planning.

The report includes:

introduction
the case for social work reform
the wider context of social work reform
reforms in action
next steps for our social work reforms
annexes.

The report will be of interest to:

social workers
lead member for children’s services
local authorities
key statutory agencies
youth service providers.”

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Reforming social care: options for funding [UK] – Nuffield Trust – 29 May 2012

Posted on May 30, 2012. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: , |

Reforming social care: options for funding [UK] – Nuffield Trust – 29 May 2012

Policy response
by Anita Charlesworth and Ruth Thorlby

“The Government is expected to publish a White Paper on the future of social care in 2012. The White Paper will set out the  Government’s response to the recommendations from the Law Commission on reform of adult social care legislation (Law Commission, 2011) and the Dilnot Commission review of funding for adult social care (Commission on Funding of Care and Support, 2011). There is a risk that reform of funding will be neglected: the forthcoming White Paper is expected to include proposals for the reform of adult social care following the Law Commission’s report on modernising the legislative framework, but the Government has only committed itself to ‘a progress report on funding reform’ (Lansley, 2011). This paper examines the current level of funding of social care and the Dilnot Commission’s recommendations and suggests ways of funding a fairer, more sustainable system of social care.”

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Involving people who use services and their carers in the work of the GSCC 2001-2012 – General Social Care Council [UK] – 16 May 2012

Posted on May 17, 2012. Filed under: Patient Participation, Social Work |

Involving people who use services and their carers in the work of the GSCC 2001-2012 – General Social Care Council [UK] – 16 May 2012

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The supply of social work practice placements: Employers’ views – General Social Care Council [UK] – 2 May 2012

Posted on May 8, 2012. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Social Work |

The supply of social work practice placements: Employers’ views – General Social Care Council [UK] – 2 May 2012

“The General Social Care Council (GSCC) today launched its new report, The supply of social work practice placements: Employers’ views, which analyses the views of employers on the provision of practice placements for social work students.”

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Social workers: Workforce risks and opportunities 2012 – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – March 2012

Posted on March 27, 2012. Filed under: Social Work, Workforce | Tags: |

Social workers: Workforce risks and opportunities 2012 – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – March 2012

“This report describes the key issues facing the social worker profession over the next three to five years, including:

considerations for future requirements
current and forecast supply
specific measures for social worker workforce planning.

The report considers the key factors influencing the estimation of future need of the social worker profession and gives an assessment of the current workforce supply. It includes regional perspectives and a summary analysis of risks in training. This report builds on the Workforce Risks and Opportunities: Adult social care report (CfWI, 2011) to bring social work workforce intelligence into one report.

A summary of the report in booklet form is also available”

Social workers: Workforce risks and opportunities 2012

The future social worker workforce – summary booklet

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Social worker supply-and-demand model [UK] – Centre for Workforce Intelligence

Posted on March 6, 2012. Filed under: Allied Health, Social Work, Workforce | Tags: |

Social worker supply-and-demand model [UK] – Centre for Workforce Intelligence

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Lost in translation [NHS translation services] – 5 February 2012

Posted on February 9, 2012. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: , , |

Lost in translation [NHS translation services]  – 5 February 2012

by Dr Samantha Gan

“This report investigates NHS spend on translation services, the overall costs as well as the individual areas of spend. Research was conducted by 2020health through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent to 247 NHS Trusts.”

Media release

“Revealed: the shocking cost of translation in the NHS

Over £20million spent on translation services last year and the cost to the taxpayer is rising

Research carried out by the think-tank, 2020Health, has revealed a dramatic increase in the amount spent by NHS Trusts on translation and interpretation services.”

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Australia’s welfare 2011 – AIHW – 24 November 2011

Posted on November 30, 2011. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: |

Australia’s welfare 2011 – AIHW – 24 November 2011

“Australia’s welfare 2011 is the tenth biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. Topics include: children and young people; disability and disability services; ageing and aged care; informal carers; homelessness; housing assistance; community services workforce; welfare expenditure; indicators of Australia’s welfare.”

ISSN 1321-1455; ISBN 978-1-74249-209-4; Cat. no. AUS 142; 457pp

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Professional Boundaries: Guidance for social workers – General Social Care Council (GSCC) UK – 21 November 2011

Posted on November 23, 2011. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: |

Professional Boundaries: Guidance for social workers – General Social Care Council (GSCC) UK – 21 November 2011

“GSCC issues guidance to help social workers manage professional boundaries

The General Social Care Council (GSCC) today launched its Professional Boundaries Guidance for the social work sector. The aim of the guidance is to increase public protection by supporting social workers to practise ethically and safely by encouraging reflection on professional boundaries issues.

The GSCC’s analysis of its conduct cases has shown that professional boundaries breaches are a recurring trend. Data collected by the GSCC shows that misconduct in about a fifth of all its cases involved inappropriate relationships which is one of a number of ways in which professional boundaries can be crossed. Cases have included social workers allowing service users to visit their home, sharing their personal phone number, buying service users gifts, and failing to declare contact outside working hours. 

Following concern about the high volume of professional boundary cases, the GSCC commissioned research by Sheffield Hallam University and the charity WITNESS (now Clinic for Boundaries Studies) on the issue. The key messages from these research reports were, firstly, the considerable harm that professional boundaries violations can have on service users and, secondly, the inadvisability of attempting to address this problem through issuing a list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’.”

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Consultation on student fitness to practise and registration – HPC Health Professions Council [UK] – 1 November 2011

Posted on November 2, 2011. Filed under: Allied Health, Educ for Hlth Professions, Health Professions, Social Work | Tags: , , |

Consultation on student fitness to practise and registration – HPC Health Professions Council [UK] – 1 November 2011

“We are seeking the views of all of our stakeholders on the most effective way of assuring the fitness to practise of students. This includes seeking views about the voluntary registration of student social workers in England

In 2012, the General Social Care Council (GSCC) is due to be abolished and the regulation of social workers in England transferred to the HPC. The GSCC currently registers social work students. The HPC does not register students.

The Health and Social Care Bill 2011, currently before parliament, would also allow the HPC to set up voluntary registers of students studying on programmes which lead to registration. Opening a voluntary register would be subject to undertaking an assessment of the likely impact of setting up the register and holding a public consultation.

In light of the above, we are seeking the views of all of our stakeholders on the most effective way of assuring the fitness to practise of students. This includes seeking views about the voluntary registration of student social workers in England.
In the consultation we do not make any specific proposals – for example, we are not proposing that students should or should not be registered in any of the professions, including social work. However, the responses to the consultation will inform our decisions about student fitness to practise and registration, including whether:

•the HPC’s current approach to student fitness to practise should be maintained across the Register; or
•the HPC should maintain a voluntary register of social work students in England; and/or
•the HPC should establish any voluntary registers of students for some or all of the existing HPC regulated professions.”

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Lessons learned from Remodelling Social Work – Children’s Workforce Development Council [UK] – 20 September 2011

Posted on September 27, 2011. Filed under: Social Work, Workforce |

Lessons learned from Remodelling Social Work – Children’s Workforce Development Council [UK] –  Part of the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care and Development – 20 September 2011

“A three-year pilot developed to allow local authorities to explore different ways of social work practice has been evaluated.

The review, A Summative Report on the Qualitative Evaluation on the Eleven Remodelling Social Work Pilots 2008-11, looked at how the programme met its objectives.

Local authorities from around the country (see notes to editors for full list) took part in the project in which they were given additional resources to attempt new and effective ways of delivering their services.

Individual authorities were asked to identify areas for improvement in their services and attempt to tackle them through the trial of new approaches. Among the aims were to use the expertise of staff more widely, delivering children’s social work as part of integrated services, and social workers could spend more time on direct work with clients, through lessened bureaucracy.

Although the 11 pilots were tasked with different aims they all adhered to the same three objectives:”

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HPC launches consultations for regulation of social workers in England – 18 July 2011

Posted on August 10, 2011. Filed under: Health Professions, Social Work, Workforce | Tags: |

HPC launches consultations for regulation of social workers in England – 18 July 2011

“HPC launches consultations on its standards of proficiency and threshold level of qualification for social workers in England

The Health Professions Council (HPC) has today launched two  consultations to invite stakeholders for their views on first, its standards of proficiency for social workers in England and second,  the threshold level of qualification for entry to the social workers part of the Register.

In July 2010 the UK Government published ‘Liberating the NHS: Report of the arm’s-length bodies review’ which said that the regulation of social workers in England would transfer from the General Social Care Council (GSCC) to the HPC.

When the HPC regulates a profession it sets the standards of proficiency for that profession. These are the threshold standards for safe and effective practice that outline what a professional must know, understand and be able to do on entry to the Register. A professional on our Register, called a registrant, also has to meet the standards of proficiency which are relevant to their area of practice. The standards of proficiency therefore play a key role in ensuring public protection.”  … continues on the site

Consultation on the draft standards of proficiency for social workers in England 18/07/2011 – 18/11/2011

Consultation on the threshold level of qualification for entry to the Register for social workers in England 18/07/2011 – 18/11/2011

 

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Social networks: their role in addressing poverty – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 16 March 2011

Posted on April 8, 2011. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: |

Social networks: their role in addressing poverty – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 16 March 2011
By Asif Afridi

“Can social networks help people cope with or move out of poverty, and if so how?

‘Social networks’ – the ties between individuals or groups – are receiving more attention in public policy discourse as people are encouraged to help each other at a time of austerity and the Coalition Government’s emerging ‘Big Society’ ideas. Evidence and ideas are needed to ensure that strategies intended to do more with fewer public resources do not have a negative effect on the most vulnerable.

This paper by brap (formerly Birmingham Race Action Partnership):

explains what social networks are, and their benefits;
explores how social networks can help address poverty and be made more accessible; and
discusses the impacts of government spending cuts on social networks.”

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The social work & human services workforce – Australian Learning and Teaching Council, University of Queensland, Queensland Institute of Technology – January 2010

Posted on April 1, 2011. Filed under: Social Work, Workforce |

The social work & human services workforce – Australian Learning and Teaching Council, University of Queensland, Queensland Institute of Technology – January 2010

by Karen Healy and Bob Lonne
January 2010

ISBN 978-0-646-53157-1

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This report analyses the national curriculum and workforce needs of the social work and human services workforce.

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Toward an Integrated Science of Research on Families – National Academies Press – 21 March 2011

Posted on March 24, 2011. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: |

Toward an Integrated Science of Research on Families – National Academies Press – 21 March 2011

Workshop Report: Institute of Medicine (US) and National Research Council (US) Committee on the Science of Research on Families; Edited by Steve Olson.

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Social care funding and the NHS: An impending crisis? – The King’s Fund – 17 March 2011

Posted on March 21, 2011. Filed under: Health Economics, Social Work | Tags: |

Social care funding and the NHS: An impending crisis? – The King’s Fund – 17 March 2011

ISBN: 978 1 85717 612 4

“Summary

The impact of funding cuts to the NHS has been widely reported and discussed, but less attention has been given to social care – and, most importantly, to the inter-relationships of health and social care.

Social care funding has increased in real terms for the past decade, but there has been considerable variation in how that funding has been spent – in part because spending on social care is handled by local councils, whose circumstances vary. The wide geographical variations in cost and performance across a number of measures – for example, emergency hospital admissions, delayed transfers – reflect different relationships between health and social care. The government has pledged to facilitate closer integration so that people can receive a more joined-up service.”  …continues on the site

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Enabling Excellence: Autonomy and Accountability for Health and Social Care Staff – Department of Health (UK) – 16 February 2011

Posted on February 17, 2011. Filed under: Health Professions, Social Work, Workforce | Tags: |

Enabling Excellence: Autonomy and Accountability for Health and Social Care Staff – Department of Health (UK) – 16 February 2011
Pages: 31

“This Command Paper sets out the Government strategy for reforming and simplifying the system for regulating healthcare workers in the UK and social workers and social care workers in England.”

Proportionate health and social care worker regulation to protect the public – 16 February 2011 – Department of Health  – News Distribution Service

“The vast majority of those who work in health and social care are committed individuals with a strong sense of professionalism who aspire to deliver the highest standards. However, where there is poor practice or behaviour that presents a risk to the public, it is vital that swift action is taken, whether by employers, or by national regulatory bodies.
The system of professional regulation ensures high standards of practice and reassures the public that their health and social care needs are provided by qualified, properly vetted professionals.
 
However, the regulatory system is becoming increasingly complex and expensive and requires continual Government intervention to keep it up to date. The Government must move to a proportionate and effective system that imposes the least possible costs and complexity, while maintaining safety and confidence for patients, service users, carers and the wider public.”  …continues

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Social Work Education in England 2009-10 – report released 18 January 2011

Posted on January 24, 2011. Filed under: Allied Health, Educ for Hlth Professions, Health Professions, Social Work |

Social Work Education in England 2009-10 – report released 18 January 2011

“Press release: Partnerships key to improving practice learning for social work students, says regulator
18 January 2011

The General Social Care Council (GSCC), with support from the Social Work Reform Board, is encouraging higher education institutions (HEIs) and local employers to form strong and lasting partnerships to drive up the quality of practice placements for student social workers.

The GSCC’s A Report on Social Work Education in England 2009-10, published today, has identified a number of significant trends in social work education. Notably, there has been a decline in the number of local authority placements being provided to students. In 2008-09, 44% of practice placements were provided by local authorities, compared to 48% in 2006-07. Furthermore, following the GSCC’s monitoring of social work degree courses in 2009-10, two thirds of HEIs were asked to make some additional improvements to the quality of practice placements.”

…continues on the website

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A model for service provision for pregnant women with complex social factors – NICE – 22 September 2010

Posted on September 23, 2010. Filed under: Obstetrics, Social Work | Tags: , |

A model for service provision for pregnant women with complex social factors – NICE – 22 September 2010

Description
The care that women should be offered during pregnancy is outlined in NICE clinical guideline 62 (‘Antenatal care’). However, pregnant women with complex social factors may need additional support to use antenatal care services.

About this guidance
Clinical guidelines CG110
Issued: September 2010

Media release

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Securing Good Care for More People: options for reform – The King’s Fund – 16 March 2010

Posted on March 17, 2010. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Health Economics, Health Systems Improvement, Social Work | Tags: |

Securing Good Care for More People: options for reform – The King’s Fund – 16 March 2010
Authors: Richard Humphries, Julien Forder, José-Luis Fernández   73 pages

Securing Good Care for More People (pdf 394kb)

“Summary

Social care has never been higher on the political and policy agenda, and the need for fundamental reform has been universally recognised.

In 2006, The King’s Fund commissioned Sir Derek Wanless to review the funding of social care for older people. That review proposed a ‘partnership model’ in which costs were shared between the state and the individual. Since then, the momentum for change has gathered pace. Securing Good Care for More People updates the original review and concludes that a revised version of the ‘partnership model’ is the fairest way of funding social care in the future. This would see the state guaranteeing to pay 50 per cent of everyone’s care costs and matching every £2 contributed by individuals with a further £1.

The report not only presents the financial implications of key funding models but also assesses their outcomes, including unmet need. Options for reforming Attendance Allowance are discussed.”

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Building a safe, confident future: the final report of the Social Work Task Force [UK] – 1 December 2009

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Social Work |

Building a safe, confident future: the final report of the Social Work Task Force [UK] – 1 December 2009

Author: Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Health; Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.
Published date: 1 December 2009

“The Social Work Task Force was set up by the Department of Health and the DCSF to undertake a comprehensive review of frontline social work practice and to make recommendations for improvement and reform of the whole profession, across adult and children’s services.

In July 2009, the Task Force published its interim report, ‘Facing up to the Task’, which set out proposals for the kind of comprehensive reform needed, including a series of building blocks for constructing a reform programme.

In this final report, the Task Force is setting out 15 recommendations for improving and reforming social work. These recommendations were developed from the building blocks for reform first set out in the interim report.

The recommendations are intended to support a continuing single profession. They are designed to enable social workers to benefit from high quality education and training in responding to both the needs of children and adults, but also to develop specialist skills early in and over the full course of their careers.

Much of this report is inevitably focused on social work in the statutory sector. This is, in many respects, the bedrock of social work in England. However, CAFCASS, the NHS and voluntary and private sector organisations are also important employers of social workers. The Task Force is confident its proposals will help social workers across all the services and sectors in which they currently work.”

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Australia’s welfare 2009 – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – 17 November 2009

Posted on November 23, 2009. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: , , |

Australia’s welfare 2009 – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – 17 November 2009

“Australia’s welfare 2009 is the ninth biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. Topics include children, youth and families; ageing and aged care; disability and disability services; carers and informal care; housing and housing assistance; and homelessness.”
Authored by AIHW.
Published 17 November 2009; ISSN 1321-1455; ISBN-13 978 1 74024 956 0; AIHW cat. no. AUS 117

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Facing up to the Task: The interim report of the Social Work Task Force – UK – July 2009

Posted on August 4, 2009. Filed under: Social Work |

Launch of Facing up to the Task: The interim report of the Social Work Task Force

“The Social Work Task Force has published its interim report. Facing up to the Task: The interim report of the Social Work Task Force contains the Task Force’s full findings to date about the current state of social work in England. It also sets out for the first time the building blocks of the reform programme the Task Force will be recommending to Government later this year, with some early ideas for action and change.

A response from the Secretaries of State for Health and for Children, Schools and Families has now been published, welcoming the report

Other related documents – including an executive summary of the report, a press notice, a report on our Call for evidence survey and a summary of our regional events.”

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