Category Archives: SOCIAL WORK NEWS

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 by following this link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-qsd144/consultation/html-content-2

Responses must be submitted to QSconsultations@nice.org.uk by 5pm on Tuesday 24 May 2016.

Work and Pensions report and QSA response

From Heather Kennedy at Fair Funerals – see the link below. They have included 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.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmselect/cmworpen/551/551.pdf

 

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.

The report shows that social workers need to be supported to change their working culture to focus on wellbeing, early intervention and prevention. This support must occur if social workers are to improve lives of people in adult social care and deliver sector efficiencies.

Lynda Tarpey, TLAP Director said of the report: “Adult social care specifically, and councils generally, are under enormous pressure from multiple directions, not least ongoing austerity, integration, devolution, the introduction of the Care Act, concerns about sustainability of providers, the sustainability of the health-care system more widely, as well as increasing expectations of people who use services.”

Think Local Act Personal are holding a national event in partnership with the National Development Team for Inclusion (NTDi) and Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) to address the barriers to personalised services that still exist for people with mental ill-health.

The event will take place on 19th May at Birmingham City Football Club.

Full details of the course are available online, and an agenda will be circulated in late March/early April.

http://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/

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

Who speaks for social work? The question has preoccupied the profession for years and many thought it answered, at least in part, when ministers appointed not one but two chief social workers for England three years ago. But apparently not.

See article:
http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2016/jan/28/chief-social-workers-voice-profession

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 compound is flanked with barbed wire and CCTV, uniformed oficers march in smart lines and khaki-toned aircraft zoom past overhead. Just outside the wire, a small social services office serves as a link to the outside world.

See article:
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/01/28/behind-wire-meet-social-workers-supporting-military-families-raf-base/