A WARM WELCOME
Welcome to the home of the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers.
Huge congratulations to Wendy Ashton from Eden Valley Hospice (and a committee member of APCSW) on being awarded Social Worker of the Year in the ‘Making a Difference’ category. This award is open to all social workers not employed by a local authority and is not only great recognition for all the fantastic work Wendy does but for Hospice and Palliative Care Social work as a whole.
To read an informative overview of the role of social workers in palliative, end of life and bereavement care CLICK HERE
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
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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
Dying Matters: Talk about it, palliative care expert says
Families and even health care workers need to get used to talking about death more to make it easier, a palliative care specialist has said. Hospice consultant nurse Dinah Hickish said demystifying fears could help make dying feel like a “normal process”. Ms Hickish, based St Kentigern Hospice, St Asaph, Denbighshire, spoke out to mark … Continue reading Dying Matters: Talk about it, palliative care expert says
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
‘I’ve planned my entire funeral and so should you’ by Radhika Sanghani
An interesting article written by Radhika Sanghani and recently posted on the BBC website about funeral planning and why it’s never too early to start… Click here
The working life of two social workers
Susan O’Malley and Sharon Owen are social workers at Bolton Hospice. Broadly speaking they provide care and support to local people with life-limiting illnesses, but here they explain the many links and services they provide for patients get the best possible care. Read more here
Confident social work practice with people living with dementia
In May, the Department of Health launched new resources to mark Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May 2017). The resources aim to support confident social work practice with dementia. Commissioned by the Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo and developed by Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA). They build on previous Department of Health resources, broadening … Continue reading Confident social work practice with people living with dementia
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.