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SCIE research briefing 12: involving individual older patients and their carers in the discharge process from acute to community care: implications for intermediate care

This web-based briefing provides a concise summary of the research and policy literature into the means, benefits and difficulties of involving patients in the planning of discharge to community or intermediate care. It also considers the role of carers in this process, as well as what happens when an older person’s ability to communicate their preferences in these matters is affected by dementia, language difficulties, or an unwillingness or reluctance to express preferences about the provision of care.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:19

Improving access to social care for adults with autism

This online guide looks at how social care services can improve access to adults with autism. It is based on research that explores the barriers to services experienced by people with autism. It covers people with autism, whether or not they also have a learning disability. The main sections of the guide cover: awareness raising; acceptability and accessibility; joint working; transitions; early intervention and prevention; personalising services; and carers. The guide suggests ways services can improve, identifying how best to meet the goals of the government's autism strategy.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:19

Bite-size guides to patient and public participation: guide 2: governance for participation

This guide sets out key principles to ensure that patient, carer and public voices are included in governance frameworks for commissioning and service development in the NHS and health care services. It also includes practical steps to put these principles in place and contains links to supporting material. The guide is based on a review of research, best practice reports and the views of stakeholders. It aims to support clinical commissioning groups and others to plan and deliver good patient and public participation. One of four guides developed by NHS England with their partners.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:19

Identifying carers' needs in the palliative setting

There are an estimated half a million people in the UK who provide unpaid care for a relative or friend with a life-limiting or terminal illness at any one time. Every year thousands of people take on a caring role, whereas others find that this role has ended. This guide has been developed by an expert working group, and provides a framework for developing a carers’ assessment process. It offers advice on how to identify carers and gives an overview of the assessment methods currently used by palliative care providers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Effective engagement in social work education

This good practice guide is based on research conducted in 2008, and commissioned to explore the extent of service user and carer involvement in the Higher and Further Education sectors in west and southeast Scotland. Through this guide it is hoped that good practice can be shared and lessons learned. This guide is a tool to support the effective engagement of people who use services and carers in social work education. It is evidence-based and applicable to educators working in the social care field and beyond including health, early years and childcare.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Implementing the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004

This guide is designed primarily for the social care managers and practitioners responsible for the implementation of the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004. The essential steps and many of the practice points throughout the guide will be useful to those responsible for strategic planning and commissioning. Practitioners also nneed the support of senior and line managers and an appropriate framework to enable them to help carers. (Previously published as SCIE Practice Guide no. 5).

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Making it work: good practice with young carers and their families

The needs of young carers and their families are a multi-agency responsibility that crosses both adults’ and children and families’ services. This practice guide is therefore aimed at all agencies that have contact with young carers and the people for whom they care. It brings together much of the thinking and experience behind the good practice developed so far and will provide a useful starting point for those new to this area of work and serve as a development resource for the more experienced.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Protecting vulnerable adults: good practice guidance and procedures

Adult abuse can occur in many different settings and situations. It is usually a very complex area of work. Therefore employees need to be aware of situations which may put a vulnerable adult at risk. This has highlighted the need for guidelines and procedures for Social Work Services, Police, Health Services, and independent providers. This multi-disciplinary approach is designed to address the abuse of vulnerable adults in community, hospital and institutional settings, with the focus on both informal and formal carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

A.S.T.R.I.D. : a social and technological response to meeting the needs of individuals with dementia and their carers : a guide to using technology within dementia care

This guide considers the potential of assistive technology to contribute to the care of people with dementia in the community. It has been written by members of the ASTRID project, involving the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Ireland. It contains an introduction to the project, an account of technology in action, discussion of how to incorporate technology in a needs assessment, how to obtain and use assistive technology, and a review of ethical issues.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Memory aid to structure and support daily activities for people with dementia

Objective: Use of technology to structure and support the daily activities of the residents in a small scale group accommodation (SSGA) for dementia is a new innovation in the Netherlands.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13