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Guide produced by SWIA to enable local authority social work services to undertake self-evaluations in order to improve service performance and outcomes for those who use services.

This resource - Getting it right together on learning disabilities, has been written for all pre-registration nursing students in Scotland. It comprises five units of study that will support something in the order of 12 to 15 hours of directed and, or, facilitated learning on a range of issues that relate to learning disabilities. Unit 3 looks at the history of learning disabilities.

This report collates information relating to telecare/telehealthcare developments led by Local Partnerships, providing a summary of currently available services and planned activity. The information reflects development during the first three years of activity, up to September 2009. 31 of the 32 partnerships have voluntarily taken part in this exercise, providing a comprehensive picture of services available across Scotland.

This is one of a series of discussion papers designed to help generate debate on how best to promote and support recovery from long-term mental health problems in Scotland. This paper is based on international learning around what people have identified as important elements in the promotion and support of recovery from long-term mental health problems.

The response is presented of Scottish ministers and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) to the recommendations put forward by the Securing Our Future Initiative into how to make best use of Scotland’s secure care resources to improve outcomes for young people and their communities.

They welcome the group’s report and strongly endorse the principles outlined in the vision. They accept in full the nine recommendations of Securing Our Future Initiative and believe that the recommendations should be implemented as an integrated package.

Document that presents the government’s response to the consultation held during spring 2008 on the new registration framework to be introduced from 2010.

The main purpose of the registration framework is independent assurance of the safety and quality of care. All providers of regulated activities will need to register with the new Care Quality Commission and meet the same essential standards, whether they are public, private or third sector.

Report presenting the findings of a research study which applied a social marketing framework to eight examples of health improvement campaigns and initiatives in order to inform the development of a social marketing health improvement strategy for Scotland.

This exploratory community development project gathered the experiences around recovery of people using mental health services who come from some of the black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in Edinburgh. The project involved around 50 people from BME communities. The work with each of the three smaller projects was designed around the circumstances of that service and the ways in which those participants or service users wished to take part. This took place between December 2007 and May 2008.

The West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration (WMHTAC) is an organisation involving several universities and academic groups who collaboratively undertake research synthesis to produce health technology assessments. This report is a cost-effectiveness review which complements three additional reports (effectiveness review, qualitative review and economic modelling report).

Four in five paid carers are women, because of gender norms and also the gender pay gap which makes it more costly for men to reduce employment hours. However, as more women move into other employment, the sector is struggling to recruit and retain staff. Susan Himmelweit from the Open University and Hilary Land from the University of Bristol examine what can be done to attract enough carers to meet society's increasing care needs.