guidelines

Understanding and measuring outcomes: the role of qualitative data

Guide that 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.

National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes - A framework for improving the planning and delivery of integrated health and social care services

"Health and social care services should focus on the needs of the individual to promote their health and wellbeing, and in particular, to enable people to live healthier lives in their community. Key to this is that people’s experience of health and social care services and their impact is positive; that they are able to shape the care and support that they receive; and that people using services, whether health or social care, can expect a quality service regardless of where they live."

Evidence for success: the guide to getting evidence and using it

Guide that responds to a demand amongst third sector organisations for guidance on how to use evidence to influence policyand practice. In summer 2013, the KTN conducted an online survey amongst a range of organisations across Scotland to better understand how they currently generate and use evidence.

National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2014

Guidance for all practitioners including those working in: children and family social work; health; education; residential care; early years; youth services; youth justice; police; independent and third sector; and adult services who might be supporting parents with disabled children or involved in the transition between child and adult services.

Disabled youth create their own work opportunities through micro-entrepreneurship

Disabled micro-entrepreneurs are no longer waiting for job opportunities that don’t materialise. This New Zealand based pilot project was carried out as a proof of concept that such learning materials can inspire disabled youth to take charge of their career development. This idea is still at the experimental level. The project will develop these interviews into a core online curriculum for disabled youth to get inspiration from stories of unusual successes. 

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.

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.

Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population

Paper designed as a high-level resource and reference guide for local service leaders who want to improve care for older people. Within each component of care it describes the goal that the system should aim for and then presents key evidence about what can work, selected examples of local good practice, pointers to major reviews and guidelines, and advice about where to start.