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.
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
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/
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.
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.
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.
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
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
‘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
“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
Publication of VOICES Consultation summary
The VOICES consultation report has now been published and can be found here
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
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
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.
‘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
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.
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.
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
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
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/
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.