Preventing loneliness and social isolation in older people – iriss – March 2014

Posted on March 5, 2014. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Preventing loneliness and social isolation in older people – iriss – March 2014

“Loneliness and isolation are common problems amongst older people in Scotland and have a profound detrimental effect on many aspects of health and wellbeing.
Tackling loneliness and isolation is inherently preventative in terms of delaying or avoiding the need for more intensive support.
While the evidence around which interventions are most effective in alleviating loneliness and isolation has limitations, we know that flexible support, ideally based within the community, and developed with the involvement of older people is effective. Group activities are also especially helpful.
We can identify several aspects of promising practice, but further evaluations are necessary to identify the most effective work in this field.

This Insight was written by Emma Collins (IRISS).”

 

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Advocacy: Models and effectiveness – The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) – April 2013

Posted on May 1, 2013. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: , |

Advocacy: Models and effectiveness – The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) – April 2013

“Advocacy has existed in the UK for more than 30 years and throughout this time a range of models and schemes has emerged, appropriate for different groups of people who access support (Action for Advocacy, 2006). Key features of advocacy include: independence from services, empowerment, providing people who access support with a voice, supporting people who access support to achieve active citizenship, challenging inequality, promoting social justice, and supporting people who access support to challenge inequity and unfairness (Boylan and Dalrymple, 2011). Essentially, advocacy can help individuals get the information they need, understand their rights, make their own choices and perhaps, most importantly, voice their opinions. However, it should be noted that advocacy is not about mediation, counselling, befriending, taking complaints or giving advice, although elements of these can be found to varying degrees across the different models (Patient and Client Council, Northern Ireland, 2012).

This Insight draws on evidence in relation to advocacy with both children and adults and on literature from the fields of health and social care. It outlines the key elements of the most prevalent models of advocacy and identifies good practice, as well as the limitations of advocacy models. The Insight will provide an overview of the evidence base of what works in relation to advocacy provision.”

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Understanding and measuring outcomes: the role of qualitative data – Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) – March 2013

Posted on March 27, 2013. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Research | Tags: , |

Understanding and measuring outcomes: the role of qualitative data – Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) – March 2013

This guide has been developed to support the collection and use of personal outcomes data. Personal outcomes data refers to information gathered from people supported by health and social services and their unpaid carers about what’s important to them in their lives and the ways in which they would like to be supported. The guide is divided into three parts.

Part 1 explores the links between an outcomes approach and qualitative data, why qualitative data is important and what it can achieve

Part 2 outlines a practical approach exploring collecting, recording, analysing and reporting qualitative data about personal outcomes

Part 3 highlights different approaches to qualitative analysis through case studies of people using qualitative data about outcomes for the first time”

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The Outcomes Toolbox – The Learning Exchange

“This toolbox, developed by IRISS in partnership with Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS), brings together a range of resources and knowledge relevant to an outcomes-focused approach in the social services.”

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Shaping the choreography of care and support for older people in Glasgow – Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) – July 2012

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Multidisciplinary Care | Tags: |

Shaping the choreography of care and support for older people in Glasgow – Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) – July 2012

Media release

“Report of the Shaping the Choreography of Care and Support project

The government’s Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) agenda highlights the need to change the way we plan and deliver care and support. Not only does it mean improving a whole range of services, but also designing better ways of communicating across different agencies to support these improvements.

Over the course of 2011/12, IRISS, in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow City Council Social Work Services, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS, Cornerstone Care and BUPA, was involved in a project to foster innovative strategies and actions for the development of future support for older people’s well-being.

It involved multidisciplinary teams (comprising designers, social service practitioners and users). The objective was to match the future expectations and aspirations of living a good older life to the resources that will be available to deliver it.

The final report of this project is now available for download.

Throughout the project, regular updates were posted to the project blog, which may also be of interest.”

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Creating a culture of innovation – Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) [UK] – May 2012

Posted on June 5, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Creating a culture of innovation – Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) [UK] – May 2012

Extract from the executive summary

“IRISS’s project focused initially on two aims: to introduce individuals to using creativity tools in a project setting, and for individuals to design a process for ideas within their own organisations. As the project developed, different aims emerged. Firstly, that opportunities to discuss and learn about innovation were important to both groups, to enable them to understand how the tools could be applied in practice, and for informing them ahead of designing an innovation process for their organisation. Secondly, that tools that directly helped an individual be creative would not be useful without a way of sharing ideas and building supporting social networks. Thus, during project delivery the aims were amended to:

1. Designing a process for how innovation could happen in the organisation
2. Testing out and sharing tools for creativity and innovation
3. Introducing individuals to thinking on innovation”

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