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.
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The purpose of this guide is to support commissioners and providers of social care services to work effectively with refugees and asylum seekers.
A film that shows older people with high support needs who live in a care home. They talk about what is important in their lives and how they like to be treated.
This video for older people care services and social workers, shows older people with high support needs who live in the community. They talk about what is important in their lives and how they like to be treated. It is based around the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s A Better Life programme.
This film for commissioners of home care highlights the importance of commissioning good quality person-centred home care for older people with complex needs.
This video looks at an innovative scheme run by the South of Tyne and Wear Palliative Care Coordinating Centre from Marie Curie’s Newcastle Hospice. The Centre offers people at the end of life a coordinated health and care package and keeps everyone involved in their care fully informed.
A personalised approach gives people moving towards the end of life a voice and influence over their care. This video for health and care staff looks at how personalised care can be achieved through the Living Well tool, which involves creating a one page profile to record a person’s needs and wishes.
This video for care managers and staff highlights two services which support people to die at home – one is in Lancashire and the other is a service for the Bangladeshi and Bengali communities in London.
This film for social workers and carers focuses on social worker Nicola. She introduces us to Caroline, who cares for her autistic, severely learning disabled son. Nicola demonstrates how considering the needs of both the service user and the carer can have a positive impact on the whole family.
Part of e-Learning courses
This resource looks at what we mean by the term ‘challenging situations’ and explores in particular the communication difficulties that can be encountered when people feel guarded and defensive, perhaps because they feel threatened in some way. Using a case study you will work through some of the more advanced communication skills needed in these situations.
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