A WARM WELCOME
Welcome to the home of the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers.
2016 was a very significant year for the Association with the launch of our new web site and our Resource, the Role of Social Workers in Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Care. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all our Members, Friends and Associates who work so hard on behalf of the Association and we look forward to supporting you through 2017.
SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 15TH 2017 APCSW CONFERENCE AND AGM WILL TAKE PLACE AT FRIENDS HOUSE LONDON (more details to follow in March)
Through the work of the Association and its members, the role of palliative care social work will be highly valued by people with life limiting illnesses
To raise the profile of palliative care social work; to support and advise all palliative care social workers wherever they work; to inspire excellence by sharing best practice.
The Association of Palliative Care Social Workers, originally the Association of Hospice Social Workers, was proposed by a small group of practitioners in 1986 and established in 1987.
Approved and adopted 11 September 2014
NEWS & EVENTS
Read all the articles and press releases for up to date news
Dying To Care – a report into social care at the end of life
Becky Chaddock, Vice Chair, has been busy helping to produce a national document for Scotland with Marie Curie, MND and Hospice UK which aims to highlight the challenges of social care access at end of life. The document has received lots of great coverage across the key Scottish media including this one in The Evening Times. … Continue reading Dying To Care – a report into social care at the end of life
Lifetime Achievement Award: Suzy Croft, St John’s Hospice Community Care Awards
It is amazing how someone who was once just a stranger can suddenly mean the world to us,” say one couple of their nine-year relationship with Suzy as service users. Suzy, who retired in March 2016, spent three times that long as a practising social worker. The last 23 years were spent in one place … Continue reading Lifetime Achievement Award: Suzy Croft, St John’s Hospice Community Care Awards
Introduction to Research for Pallliative Care Social Workers
On Friday 11th November the Introduction to Research for Palliative Care Social Workers day was held in conjunction with KCH at the Cicely Saunders Institute and as the result of an initiative from Emily Madsen at Rowcroft Hospice and Steve Marshall at KCH. The feedback from the day was excellent and we have now attached the presentations, in … Continue reading Introduction to Research for Pallliative Care Social Workers
Research highlights need to improve end of life care in the community
A national survey of GPs has identified a number of barriers to good end of life care in the community, while a local study has implications for the design of out-of-hours services. http://www.ehospice.com/uk/articleview/tabid/10697/articleid/19923/language/en-gb/research-highlights-need-to-improve-end-of-life-care-in-the-community.aspx?utm_campaign=website&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email#.V35r4Ld_E1E.mailto
NICE guideline on Supportive and palliative care in adults
The title of the new guideline will be changed to “End of life care: Delivery of adult services for people in the last year of life” and the final scope is now available. The equality impact assessment for this NICE guideline has also now been published along with all of the stakeholder comments that were … Continue reading NICE guideline on Supportive and palliative care in adults
‘A different ending’: Our review looking at end of life care published | Care Quality Commission
People from certain groups in society sometimes experience poorer quality care at the end of their lives because providers do not always understand or fully consider their needs, according to A different ending: Addressing inequalities in end of life care
Talking with your child about your cancer
London Cancer and the Fruit Fly Collective have jointly produced an animated film to give advice to patients on telling their children about their cancer diagnosis. Although it is aimed at patients in early stages of an illness, the principles apply throughout and it may be of interest to palliative care social workers as well. … Continue reading Talking with your child about your cancer
Let’s tackle ‘careism’ and give workers the respect they deserve
The word “careism” was originally coined in relation to discrimination against young people in care. It is time to re-appropriate the term to refer to negative and devaluing attitudes directed at social care and those who work in the sector. Careism is endemic, both in and beyond social care services. Continue reading https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2017/feb/22/lets-tackle-careism-and-give-workers-the-respect-they-deserve?CMP=share_btn_link
Controlling and Coercive Behaviour Resources
The Chief Social Worker for Adults has launched a new set of resources in partnership with Women’s aid and Ripfa to help social workers identify controlling and coercive behaviour. In December 2015, a new offence of controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship was brought into law under the Serious Crime Act 2015. … Continue reading Controlling and Coercive Behaviour Resources
THE ROLE OF A PALLIATIVE CARE SOCIAL WORKER
Social work is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team within palliative care, offering a holistic service to patients and families. Unlike many fields of work, specialist palliative
care social work is potentially...
THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE ASSOCIATION
The Association is here to represent all palliative care social workers, whichever setting they work in. In order to guide and set the direction of Association we operate a National Committee structure - supported by regional representatives.