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
Join us at the Hospice UK Conference (22 - 24 November) and meet some of our APCSW members and see some of their work. You'll find us on Stand 52.
We've also just posted the Frances Sheldon Award 2017 winning dissertation by Jennifer Monteith in our Resources section - well worth a read.
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
Top palliative care speakers confirmed for the St Columba’s Hospice anniversary conference, Edinburgh
Some of the top sector speakers in palliative care will gather in Edinburgh to present at the St Columba’s Hospice anniversary conference on Friday 27 October 2017. The conference’s full programme has been released, and speakers include Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood alongside Professor Max Watson who recently joined the Hospice UK clinical … Continue reading Top palliative care speakers confirmed for the St Columba’s Hospice anniversary conference, Edinburgh
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
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
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
Why social workers are marching 100 miles in protest against austerity
BASW along with people who use social services, have organised a march from Birmingham to Liverpool to call for an end to the UK government’s austerity polices. Over seven days, starting on 19 April, social workers, service users, carers and others will walk almost 100 miles, visiting food banks and social care settings under threat … Continue reading Why social workers are marching 100 miles in protest against austerity
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.