briefing paper

Briefing that looks at how effectively local authorities have been in managing their DHP fund since budgets were increase, as well as considering each local authority’s DHP policy. The aim is to support local authorities in making the best use of their DHP budgets to help those affected by welfare cuts.

The Report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings (2012) – which has become known as the Finch Report - was based upon balancing the three criteria in its title: accessibility, sustainability and excellence. In this new report (2013), the same group reviews progress in implementing our recommendations one year after the publication of the 2012 Report. This report thus fulfils the Group’s final responsibility.

Covert medication is the administration of any medical treatment in disguised form.  These guidelines cover:

  • The legal framework for the use of covert medication
  • Practical guidance in how to administer it
  • A suggested care pathway for its use
  • Case examples

No one would argue that unpaid family carers should not be equal partners in care, as their care constitutes over 50% of all care provided in every local authority and NHS region of Scotland. Consistent and meaningful carer engagement must therefore be at the heart of all good health and social care policy. But a great gulf remains between good intentions and good practice. The Coalition of Carers in Scotland is pleased to o!er the carer engagement standards in this document as a bridge to help planning o"cers and commissioners of services move from good intentions to better practice.

Explores human rights in the context of health and social care with intention of stimulating discussion and adding to the existing body of work on this agenda. The report highlights highlight the significant work done by the Independent Living Movement who have led much of this discourse. Human rights have also been a key tenet of the mental health user movement and of both the learning disability and dementia agendas.

The Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) is a generic risk assessment tool to assess the risk of future offending in young people aged between 12 and 17. The tool is used in a number of areas in Scotland but had not previously been comprehensively tested for use with this population.

Study that explores disabled children’s experiences of living in low income families. Through interviews and group discussions involving a total of 78 disabled children and young people and 17 parents, the research identifies the difference that income makes to whether disabled children enjoy the rights set out in international law.

Skills for Care in partnership with Skills for Care and Development (SfCD) and Creative & Cultural Skills (CCS) commissioned Consilium Research and Consultancy to undertake an evidence review and activity mapping study to inform future thinking around the role of arts in the delivery of adult social care and in particular the implications for workforce development: