This workbook uses a social care governance framework to support practitioners, managers and teams to reflect on and evaluate their practice and to make improvements.
Literature reviews resources and services
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Drawing on a focused literature review combined with selected Carers UK Breaks Survey data, this summary report outlines key themes and issues relating to the provision of carers breaks and respite in England since the introduction of the Care Act 2014. Key messages from the research include: that the evidence base on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of specific interventions for carers is weak; there is a tension between cost-effectiveness and what is valued by carers; and that carers cite a lack of flexibility, choice and accessibility as key concerns along with issues of cost and concerns around quality of current provision. The findings will be used to inform the development of guidance for commissioners and providers and the dissemination of advice and information tool for carers being produced by SCIE and Carers UK respectively.
The road ahead?: information for young people with learning difficulties, their families and supporters at transition
This report for the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) brings together the findings from three inter-linked investigations relating to the information needs of young people, their parents and supporters at transition. It was undertaken over a six month period between October 2003 and March 2004 and included: focus group interviews with young people, their parents and supporters; a systematic review of the literature on transition; and a review of the information already available for young people, parents and professionals, including an evaluation of materials by young people and parents. The project was carried out by the Norah Fry Research Centre (NFRC) in partnership with North Somerset People First (NSPF) and the Home Farm Trust (HFT).
Part of Integrated care
This report presents the findings from a programme of scoping research and engagement to better understand what excellent integrated health and social care should look like in 2020. It also tests out the Government’s draft Integration Standard with national stakeholders and local areas and provide feedback and support for further development of the standard. It draws on the results of a rapid evidence scan, research with five case study sites, and interviews and workshops with national stakeholders, and people who use health and care services. The report provides a summary of the policy context and its impact on health and social care integration, presents stakeholders’ views about the ambition for integration of health and social care by 2020 and the challenges associated with it. It also provides an overview of people's views on the seven objectives of the Integration Standard: Digital interoperability, Resources targeted at high-risk cohort to prevent crises and maintain wellbeing, Value for Money, Single assessment and care plans, Integrated community care, Timely and safe discharges, and Social care embedded in urgent and emergency care. The results of the study confirms support for the ambition of integration by 2020, because bringing together health and social care is universally seen as the right thing to do. It concludes by providing a framework for action for further development of the Integrated Standard. Appendices include details of the case studies and the rapid evidence review. The research, carried out for the Department of Health, will inform the government’s plans for the further integration of health of social care, including the next phase of the Better Care Fund.
The Research mindedness learning resource has been produced to help students and practitioners of social care and social work make more effective and extensive use of research in their studies and in practice.
The extent and impact of parental mental health problems on families and the acceptability, accessibility and effectiveness of interventions: systematic map report 1
This systematic map aims to identify the nature of research in parental mental health and to be a specific resource from which to commission further reviews and/or primary research by identifying gaps in the research literature.
This report shares findings from research, policy and practice on prevention in adult safeguarding and presents a wide range of approaches that can help prevent abuse.
These guidelines provide a comprehensive guide to the conduct of SCIE research reviews,
SCIE report 26 describes the findings of a small-scale study into the complex issues facing care homes around restraint and how care home managers and staff have developed strategies for avoiding or minimising its use
SCIE is developing Systematic Mapping Guidance in order to share the methodology more widely: the guidance is under continuous development and will be updated.
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