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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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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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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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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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