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A WARM WELCOME

Welcome to the new home of the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers.

After several months of discussion and planning we’re delighted to announce the launch
of our completely updated website.

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Our Vision

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

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Our Mission

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.

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Our History

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.

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Constitution

APCSW CONSTITUTION
Approved and adopted 11 September 2014

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NEWS & EVENTS

Read all the articles and press releases for up to date news

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Gerry Nosowska blogs in Community Care about our new resource

Gerry Nosowska blogs about the palliative care resource that has just been published http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/03/16/learning-dying-key-good-palliative-care-social-work/

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Putting the ‘Social’ back into Palliative Care Social Work

We are delighted to announce that the 2016 Annual Conference will be on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September at York University.

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Chief Social Worker highlights palliative care on World Social Work Day!

Chief Social Worker for Adults Lyn Romeo marked World Social Work Day by stressing the need for good social work support at end of life and strongly endorsed our new resource.

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New Resource to help people benefit from social work at the end of their life

This resource aims to ensure that people benefit from good social work at the end of their life, and that those close to them are supported during this time and into bereavement.

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DWP response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee report into funeral poverty expected imminently

DWP are expected to respond to the Work and Pensions Select Committee report into funeral poverty later this week/ next week.

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Women’s Aid 2016 National Conference for non-members‏

Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children and who campaigned for coercive and controlling behaviour being made a criminal offence. Their 2016 national conference is on 6th & 7th July in Birmingham. The second day (7th) is open to all professionals working for and with survivors of domestic … Continue reading Women’s Aid 2016 National Conference for non-members‏

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End of Life Care Facilitators and Champions Network Closure on 30 June 2016‏

The End of Life Care Facilitators and Champions network website hosted by the University of Hull will be closing on 30th June 2016, but will be replaced by a national online platform in September which we hope you will find a useful resource. NHS England has commissioned the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) to develop … Continue reading End of Life Care Facilitators and Champions Network Closure on 30 June 2016‏

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‘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

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“Hiding who I am” The reality of end of life care for LGBT people

Everyone should have the right to high-quality palliative care when they have a terminal illness, regardless of their condition, where they live, or their personal circumstances. The UK has been ranked as the best country in the world for the quality of palliative care on offer here. However, access to this care is patchy. One … Continue reading “Hiding who I am” The reality of end of life care for LGBT people

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Publication of VOICES Consultation summary‏

The VOICES consultation report has now been published and can be found here

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Virtual communities of practice: A tool to increase palliative care engagement‏

Dr James Jap is Clinical Director and Palliative Care Physician at Totara Hospice South Auckland, Manurewa, New Zealand and is one of the co-founders of the palliative care virtual community of practice, Palliverse. Here, he explains the background to Team Palliverse’s longer article published in the March/April 2016 issue of the European Journal of Palliative Care

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The doctor who helped us to say goodbye to my father

Thank you for what Cicely Saunders (the founder of the modern palliative care movement) called the “depth of time” you have given to us...read the rest of this letter here

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New Scottish cancer strategy recognises the importance of palliative care

The Scottish government has published its strategy for cancer care in Scotland over the next five to ten years, with £100 million promised to improve care for those living with the disease.

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‘Social workers must fight for service user rights and the profession’s soul’ – Community Care

Spiritual care is a core tenet of palliative care social work

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Thank you for Blackstar’: Palliative care doctor writes open letter to David Bowie

A week has passed since David Bowie's death, and his son Duncan Jones, who was among the first to confirm the news last Monday, has reutrned to Twitter.

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GP workforce crisis set to undermine palliative care, BMA warns

Providing palliative care in the community will become 'even more challenging' if GP workforce shortages and workload pressures are not addressed, the BMA has warned.

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Hospice boss Rhona Baillie says ‘end-of-life care must be individual’

The head of Scotland’s Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Rhona Baillie said she agreed with the British Medical Association (BMA) that people should be treated as individuals in end-of-life care.

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QSA statement on government response to Select Committee

The government issued their response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee report on 22 June. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmworpen/230/23004.htm An initial response has been given on the same day on behalf of QSA but not yet for Alliance. On behalf of Alliance we are suggesting we write a letter to Baroness Altmann, articulating key points and asking for greater … Continue reading QSA statement on government response to Select Committee

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Funeral Poverty Alliance now has its own dedicated page on new Fair Funerals website

The Funeral Poverty Alliance now has its own dedicated page on the new Fair Funerals website. http://fairfuneralscampaign.org.uk/content/funeral-poverty-alliance

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Mutually assured wellbeing: Lyn Romeo

As this year’s Carers Week enters its closing stages, we have had timely reminders of the commitment and honesty of those whose love and care for others is unconditional – and who at times have found themselves in situations where support and understanding from others may have been lacking or hard to access. https://lynromeo.blog.gov.uk/2016/06/10/mutually-assured-wellbeing/

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Social aspects of death, dying and bereavement

This November in Glasgow, an international conference will focus on the social aspects of death, dying and bereavement. Read this article in the Social Work News section

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My job in palliative care let me practise social work as it is meant to be

Suzy Croft has had this article published in The Guardian - read the article here

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NICE Consultation is now open on the draft older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions quality standard‏

Consultation is now open on the draft older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions quality standard, along with the instructions and documents required to submit your comments, can be accessed here

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Schindler honour for hero housekeeper

Had it not been for the curiosity of our APCSW London SW regional representative Anne Mossack, Maria Turnsek may have been overlooked by history. Instead she was posthumously awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations at the Israeli Embassy in London - read The Times article here

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Hospice UK Annual Conference – ‘People, Partnerships and Potential’ 16 to 18 November, 2016 ACC Liverpool

Join Hospice UK and colleagues from across the sector for three days of insight and innovation, as they share and celebrate the expertise within hospice and palliative care. http://www.hospiceuk.org/conferenceregistration

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Chief Social Worker for Adults publishes annual report.

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, sets out progress in improving the education, training and practice of social work with adults. Chief Social Worker Annual Report 2015-16

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Work and Pensions report and QSA response

Includes lots of the recommendations which members of the Alliance highlighted as really important to tackling funeral poverty, including increasing Funeral Payments in line with actual costs for a basic funeral and introducing an eligibility checker.

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Changing the culture of social work – new report from TLAP

TLAP, along with partners Skills for Care and Shared Lives Plus have released a new report that argues that the sector needs to reclaim social work so that it is community -focused and not constrained within a mechanistic case management approach.

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Social work cries out for a hero leader

With the two chief social workers saying they don’t pretend to be the voice of the profession, there is confusion as to who, exactly, is speaking for social workers

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Behind the wire: meet the social workers supporting military families on an RAF base

RAF Cosford, a base nestled in the green 10 miles out of Wolverhampton, is everything you expect a millitary barracks to be.

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Graduate child social worker scheme rolls out across England

A scheme to recruit high-calibre graduates into children's social work is to be rolled out across England.

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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...

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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.

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