information management

Using news feeds to keep up to date

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) lets you see at a glance what’s new on your favourite websites. The websites feed information out to you and you choose whether to read or not. This saves time.

You can use RSS to keep track of whole websites, parts of websites, blogs or podcasts.

When you see a feed that looks interesting you subscribe to it by clicking on the icon (subscribe simply means add to my list - it doesn’t mean you have to pay).

First you need a feed reader. There are many to choose from and most are free, but there are three methods to chose from.

Workforce Solutions

A range of elearning resources developed by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to assist employers in meeting the expectations of the workforce development and registration agendas for the social services sector. Some are focused on supporting the individual employee to plan and progress their own learning and development, and others are intended for employers to support them in developing the workforce they need now, or may need in the future.

Information, advice and advocacy for older people: Defining and developing services

An exploration of information, advice and advocacy services for older people. Services providing information, advice and advocacy are crucially important in promoting older people’s independence. The report looks at information, advice, and advocacy and the ways in which they may overlap in practice, as well as the differences between them. It explores definitions, core principles, forms, roles and relationships. Information, advice and advocacy are also discussed in terms of skills, services and processes of empowerment.

Common assessment framework for adults demonstrator site programme: prospectus for phase 2 applications

Following the public consultation on a Common Assessment Framework for Adults (CAF) the Department of Health is launching a further phase of Demonstrator Sites to address the issues raised during the consultation, and broaden the coverage of the Demonstrator Site Programme (DSP) to provide further evidence to support the development of CAF.

In this second phase the program was widen with different IT systems currently in use, whether provided commercially or in- house, and to include regional areas of England currently not represented in Phase 1.

Sharing Knowledge, Improving Practice, Changing Lives - Scottish social services knowledge management strategy - Appendices

The appendices include a bibliography, methodology, a list of the Managed Knowledge Network Steering Group and a list of the people who contributed the formulation of the Knowledge Management Strategy.

Common assessment framework for adults demonstrator site programme: overview of phase 1 sites

Nine local authority led partnerships have been selected as phase 1 of the Common Assessment Framework for Adults (CAF) Demonstrator Site Programme. The programme aims to develop and test improved information sharing across health, social care and wider community support services.

Measure for measure : using outcome measures to raise standards in the NHS

Paper focusing on information about the quality of health services and looking at ways in which it can lead to better quality healthcare for all. It argues that the information needed to improve services is not always available and that a deeper level of information along with measures such as patient-based outcome measures are required to change health care for the better.

Reducing the risk : improving the response to sex offending

The aim of this Report was to develop a cohesive framework for dealing with sex offending. Some of the 73 recommendations build on the policies and processes already in place in order to strengthen existing measures aimed at protecting communities from sex offenders. Other recommendations support the introduction of new measures and new arrangements which will help to deliver a safer environment.

E-Readiness in the Social Care Sector: Building the capacity for e-learning

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out a research programme with the following objectives: to establish whether the social care sector in England is ready to maximise the use of elearning in terms of technical and organisational infrastructure and in terms of the availability of e-learning content for social care; to provide an assessment of the current capacity of the social care sector as a whole to use and produce e-learning, in particular in internet-based learning, and to exploit its full potential in pursuit of improved services for users