care homes

Communication training for care home workers: outcomes for older people, staff, families and friends

This briefing draws on a range of UK and internationally published research to look at training to improve nursing and residential care workers' communication skills.

Exploring restraint

This resource explores the ideas that: restraint can be a difficult issue in care homes, and the word means different things to different people; there are many different types of restraint, ranging from active physical interventions to failing to assist a person; minimising the use of restraint is important, but sometimes it will be the right thing to do; and knowing the individual, valuing the views of relatives and working as a team will help reduce the need for restraint.

Forgotten Citizens: Researching the Past

This podcast is taken from the ‘Forgotten Citizens’ Conference held in Glasgow on the 17th June. It features Dorothy Atkinson and Mabel Cooper, who share their experiences of working alongside one another to find out about Mabel’s past in long stay institutions in England. They talk about the stories Mabel’s family had uncovered and also how Mabel feels about the institutions she had been in.

Remember, I’m still me

Care homes across Scotland need to significantly improve the care they offer to people living with dementia.

This report was produce by the Care Commission and the Mental Welfare Commission and highlights a range of concerns, most notably the excessive use of drugs used to control behaviour and the lack of regular medication reviews.

Providing nursing support within residential care homes (summary report)

This study examines a joint NHS-Local Authority initiative providing a dedicated nursing and physiotherapy team to three residential care homes in Bath and North East Somerset. The initiative aims to meet the nursing needs of residents where they live and to train care home staff in basic nursing.

Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002

This Act of Scottish Parliament is in four parts. Part 1 covers Community Care, which includes charging and not charging for social care, accommodation, direct payments and carers. Part 2 looks at Joint Working and relationships between NHS bodies and local authorities. Part 3 relates to Health, specifically Health Boards' Lists. Part 4 is a General section outlining regulations, guidance and directions.

Care management and social work: a case study of the role of social work in hospital discharge to residential or nursing home care

The role of social work with vulnerable adults has changed markedly in many countries, including England and Wales following the 1990 NHS and Community Care Act. The basis for this paper is a small qualitative study of the social work role in helping people entering residential or nursing care in the independent sector following an emergency hospital admission in England (Phillips and Waterson 1997). This double transition is an under-researched area (Bywaters 1993; Downs and Crossan 1999).

A systematic review of integrated working between care homes and health care services

This study aims to evaluate the different integrated approaches to health care services supporting older people in care homes, and identify barriers and facilitators to integrated working.

Safe and secure homes for our most vulnerable children: analysis of the consultation on the Adoption Bill

This report on the consultation "Safe and secure homes for our most vulnerable children" accompanies Insight 30 and provides a robust analysis of all responses using both quantitative and qualitative analytical approaches.

Safer recruitment for safer services: a report on the quality of recruitment practices in registered care services

Report of an investigation into the recruitment practices of a number of different types of care services in Scotland to determine how well these services were carrying out their legal obligations to recruit safely and rectify bad practice where found.