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Saying goodbye to unnecessary paperwork in personalisation

Changes to the self-directed support process in Portsmouth have cut the amount of time social workers spend on assessments and associated paperwork by 70%. While self-directed support was designed to deliver personalisation for people receiving care and support, one of its major outcomes has been another ‘p’, paperwork, generated by the creation of multiple and […]

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‘Councils must get to know their self-funders to contain mounting care costs’

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The £72,000 cap on individuals social care expenditure and the need to contain mounting costs means councils will have to gather much better information on their self-funders, says Deborah Rozansky of OPM, as it produces a guide for commissioners to doing so. Self-funders make up approximately 45% of residential care home places, 48% of nursing […]

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Ask, Wait, Listen: How social workers should work with people who struggle to speak or write

Practitioners working with stroke survivors who struggle to speak, read or write must seek out the best method of communication to ensure effective assessments, says former social worker Susan Betts. Working as the Stroke Association as an information, advice and support co-ordinator has given me a new perspective on how hard the benefits and social […]

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What disabled people want to tell the world one year on from Paralympics

An exhibition launches today that attempts to increase the visibility of disabled people amid concerns that the ‘Paralympics effect’ has faded one year on from the end of the games. Charity and support provider United Response has compiled 350 postcards of images made by disabled people that respond to the question: What do you want […]

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‘Poor learning disability providers should be driven out of the sector – we don’t need them’

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A learning disability quality code launched this week is designed to help good learning disability providers get better and stop commissioners from choosing poor provision, says Alicia Wood. I have spent the best part of a year working on a code for providers of learning disability services to sign up to as part of the […]

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What role for social work in creating dementia-friendly communities?

The concept of “dementia-friendly communities” has entered the lexicon in recent years to capture the idea that people with dementia and their carers need more than early diagnosis, good and personalised care and support and effective healthcare. The idea – which combines tackling the stigma that dementia carries with ensuring businesses and services take practical […]

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‘Group living is a poor substitute to having your own home for people with learning disabilities’

Group living inhibits social inclusion for people with learning disabilities says David Williams, chief executive of Ability Housing Association How can we explain away the fact that a woman with learning disabilities developed a vocabulary of just 40 words in the first 50 years of her life in group living environments, yet increased her vocabulary […]

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Why demise of advocacy umbrella body leaves gaping hole for those without a voice

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    The closure of Action for Advocacy removes a significant source of knowledge about advocacy and the sector must seek to fill the gap for the sake of those in need of a voice, says Martin Coyle. So that’s it. Action for Advocacy, the leading umbrella organisation for the advocacy sector in England and […]

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The dark side of austerity: Cuts targets for social workers

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“At the moment, I’m going round and our clients have to justify the care packages they’ve already been given. We’re told, go out there and do everything you can to save money. If you can find any reason, any small excuse to reduce hours, do it. I have to save a certain amount every week. […]

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How deficits in social work practice with carers can be tackled

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Research published this week by York University  raised significant issues about social work practice with carers that were resulting in carers not having their needs fully assessed or supported. A key finding was that social workers routinely asked carers about their willingness and ability to continue in their caring role – and about the support they […]

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