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A WARM WELCOME

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

Earlier this year, after several months of discussion and planning, we were delighted to launch 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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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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Study at one of the strongest Centres of palliative care research in the world on the MSc Palliative Care programme at the Cicely Saunders institute (King’s College London)

Study at one of the strongest Centres of palliative care research in the world. The MSc Palliative Care programme at the Cicely Saunders institute (King’s College London) is run in collaboration with St Christopher’s Hospice. The programme is designed for all health and social care professionals working in palliative care and related areas. Here is … Continue reading Study at one of the strongest Centres of palliative care research in the world on the MSc Palliative Care programme at the Cicely Saunders institute (King’s College London)

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The Role of Social Work in Integration

This is the transcript of an inspiring talk about social work that Mark Harvey, one of the two chairs of the Adult Principal Social Work Network, made about the nature of social work.role-of-social-work-in-integration

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Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK #MakeTime2Listen 17-23 November 2016

The Childhood Bereavement Network is teaming up with Grief Encounter and members across the UK to raise awareness of the needs of grieving children in our communities. Running from 17-23 November with a theme of #MakeTime2Listen, the Week is a great opportunity to us to join together in support of bereaved children and their families. On … Continue reading Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK #MakeTime2Listen 17-23 November 2016

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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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