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Delivering 'A Better Life' for older people with high support needs in Scotland

A Better Life was a major five year programme of work developed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which explored how to achieve a good quality of life for older people with high support needs.

This briefing has been produced by IRISS to ensure that the messages and challenges of A Better Life are understood in the context of the current policy drivers in Scotland and are translated into practice across the country.

Recommendations for the future of residential care for older people in Scotland: summary

The introduction of national care standards and a strong and effective regulatory regime, along with a payment for quality agenda that has been devised to reward the best performing care homes, has delivered a general improvement in the overall quality of care provided.

However, the current mix of services within the care home market is not producing optimum outcomes, when viewed from a whole system and care user’s perspective.

This document presents a summary of recommendations forthe future of residential care for older people in Scotland.

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 19th February 2014 and received Royal Assent on 27th March 2014.
 

Dumfries and Galloway Council Social Work Services Supported Self-Asssessment

This resource aims to support people seeking help from Social Work Services by asking them key questions about their lives. Questions focus on what is working in their life, what changes they wish to make, what support and resources they already have or need.

Dumfries and Galloway Council Personalised approaches booklet

This booklet was developed by Dumfries and Galloway Council with people who are using services, carers, social work practitioners and managers. It outlines the values and principles of Self-Directed Support (SDS) and provides information about levels of support available. It explains the options of SDS and the development of a personal support plan.

The future of mental health: discussion paper

Population demographics are changing. Technology continues to develop at a rapid pace. The recovery movement in mental health continues to grow, as does a focus on integration. At the same 
time, demand continues to increase and significant questions are being asked about where future investment in the NHS might come from. Currently, there is a lack of a sustainable and coherent national plan to tackle these issues.
 
This paper discusses what these challenges might mean for the future of our nation’s mental health.

Zeroing in: balancing protection and flexibility in the reform of zero-hour contracts

Given the value placed on zero-hour contracts by some employers and workers, and the incomplete picture of their scale, an outright ban seems inappropriate at this time. But maintaining the status quo would overlook the poor use of these arrangements in a considerable minority of cases.

Serious Case Review: No 2014/C5019

Details the case of Child D, who was just under three weeks old, and was admitted to hospital with multiple serious injuries in October 2012. Medical advice was that these injuries had been inflicted. Child D’s mother, Ms E, a woman in her early twenties, was arrested.

A good life with dementia

Report inspired by a number of projects conducted on dementia in partnership with Red and Yellow Care. The studies include over 200 hours of ethnographic observation in care homes and with individuals living at home. The views of more than 80 people with dementia, 50 carers and numerous frontline practitioners working in different clinical, careor support roles both in and beyond dementia care settings, are taken into account.