social care services

Workforce development scie guide 38 : social care governance: a workbook based on practice in England

This workbook is based on practice in Somerset and Bath. Twelve multi-disciplinary teams across Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset completed a series of workshops examining the core elements of practice. The teams spent one hour on each core element to look at identifying good practice, improving practice and feeding back areas for development at an organisational level. Action plans at team and organisational level were developed to implement changes to practice.

SCIE guide 34: practice development: collaborative working in social care

This guide can be used in statutory and independent sectors by social care workers, social workers and their managers to improve the use of knowledge, both research and practice-based, in service development. The guide is one of a series published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). SCIE guides are one-stop shops for social care practitioners, presenting key findings, current legislation and examples of what is working well to guide and inform practice. Guide published in August 2010. Review date August 2013.

Adult services guide 33 : facts about FACS 2010 : a guide to fair access to care services

The purpose of the SCIE guide 'Facts about FACS' 2010 is to provide information and support for those involved in implementing the 2010 fair access to care services (FACS) framework. The guide builds on the content of the Department of Health's Prioritising need in the context of Putting People First: A whole system approach to eligibility for social care (DH, 2010). This guide is one of a series published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Dignity in care [SCIE guide 15]

The dignity in care section of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) website lists eight main factors that promote dignity in care. Each of these Dignity Factors contributes to a person's sense of self respect, and they should all be present in care. The pages were published in June 2010 and will be reviewed in June 2013.

'Would you have sandwiches for your tea every night?': older people's views of social care in Northern Ireland

Research produced as a result of a project which aimed to consult directly with older people to ascertain their views on all aspects of social care and report on the main findings.

SRC worked in partnership with Age NI staff and peer facilitators to recruit for and run three focus groups across NI. The focus groups were held in Belfast, Cookstown and Irvinestown. In total, twenty four older people attended the focus groups – two thirds male and one third female.

Capable, confident, skilled: a workforce development strategy: for people working, supporting and caring in adult social care

This workforce development strategy is intended to support workforce commissioning, planning and development to meet the new vision and priorities in adult social care. Strategy published by Skills for Care in May 2011.

Children and young people: improving medical and social care

Information resource for health and social care professionals to help ensure that children and families get the support they need to promote children’s health and development.

Transforming social care: sustaining person-centred support

This is a summary of the study. This study is the most user-centred and authoritative commentary to date on current policies and practice. The Standards We Expect project team (service users, practitioners and researchers) worked with service users, carers, front-line practitioners and managers in eight very diverse settings. Research findings published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in May 2011.

Skills for care

Skills for Care is the employer led authority on the training standards and development needs of adult social care staff in England. Skills for Care work with establishments offering adult social care and training providers - both regionally and nationally - to establish standards and qualifications that will equip social care workers with the skills and knowledge needed to deliver an improved standard of care.

Good practice and innovation

Resource that explores how people's care and support needs change and how the workforce has to adapt to meet the challenges that change can present.

The programme started as a way of examining and exploring workforce issues arising from service change. It adapted and continues to adapt as the landscape of policy and adult social care changes.