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Peer Support for Mental Health

Peer Support for Mental Health ›

30th June 2016 | Categories: Adult Social Care , Scottish Care , Scottish Social Care

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) has published a report on the role of peer support in Scottish mental health services. The report highlights that peer support is not new, and has been operating informally, unnoticed or unremarked in many services. The value and effectiveness of peer support is increasingly recognised,…

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Countdown – New Care Standards in Scotland

Countdown – New Care Standards in Scotland ›

13th February 2016 | Categories: Scottish Care , Scottish Social Care

The National Care Standards in Scotland are available to service users and their carers in choosing and evaluating the service they receive. They are service specific standards in developing and improving the quality of the service provided. Also the Care Inspectorate uses these standards as the basis of the regulation of the quality of services…

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New standards for health and social care in Scotland

New standards for health and social care in Scotland ›

Registered health and social care services in Scotland are inspected and regulated using the National Care Standards. These are also used by service users and their carers in choosing and evaluating the service they receive. Services themselves work to these standards in developing and improving the quality of the service provided. The standards have been…

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Prevention through Enabled Communities

Prevention through Enabled Communities ›

21st November 2015 | Categories: Scottish Care , Scottish Social Care

The Scottish Government has seen the need, since 2010, with the launch of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, to reform how public services are delivered so as to be more accessible and effective, despite the continued reduction in funding of these services. The Christie Commission was set up to look at opportunities to…

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Evaluating Progress in Personalisation

Evaluating Progress in Personalisation ›

Keys to Life The Scottish Government introduced Keys to Life in 2013 as a ten-year strategic policy to increase inclusion and improved lifestyles for people with learning disability and their carers. Earlier reviews of the strategy showed that more needed to be done in the area of employment to support people with learning disability, and…

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New approaches to Inspection

New approaches to Inspection ›

24th October 2015 | Categories: Scottish Care , Scottish Social Care

The Care Inspectorate in Scotland regulates a wide range of care and support services in the country. There is an ongoing consultation process in reviewing the National Care Standards used in these inspections. Developing a new inspection methodology In preparation for the move to these new standards, the Care Inspectorate is reviewing its inspection methodology….

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Supporting people through Art & Music

Supporting people through Art & Music ›

17th October 2015 | Categories: Scottish Care , Scottish Social Care

Arts4Dementia Arts4Dementia (A4D) is a charity whose logo includes ‘Empowering people with memory loss through artistic stimulation’. Their events and information resources show how music and arts can generally have a powerful effect on the well-being of people with dementia. This work contributes to and develops the existing knowledge and practice of using music in…

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Advance Care Directives

Advance Care Directives ›

11th October 2015 | Categories: Scottish Care , Scottish Social Care

In Scotland, people receiving health and social care can make advance directives. These are statements of how they would want their future care to be provided, in the event that they become unable to make choices and decisions for themselves. It is a useful and sensible step for people who think they may lose this…

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Funding Improvements for People with Learning Disabilities

Funding Improvements for People with Learning Disabilities ›

27th September 2015 | Categories: Learning Disability , Scottish Care , Scottish Social Care

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities The Scottish Government introduced a new strategy in 2013 to improve services for people with learning disabilities. It is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The implementation focuses on four main areas. These are: A healthy life – To achieve…

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CQC Outcomes are now called Key Lines of Enquiry. CQC Essential Standards are now CQC Fundamental Standards.