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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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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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Statistics in Improving Services for People with a Learning Disability

Statistics in Improving Services for People with a Learning Disability ›

9th November 2015 | Categories: Scottish Care , Scottish Social Care

Mencap on their website tell us that less than 1 in 5 people with a learning disability work (compared with 1 in 2 disabled people generally), while at least 65% of people with a learning disability want to work. Of those people with a learning disability that do work, most only work part time and are…

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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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Improving Supervision

Improving Supervision ›

18th September 2015 | Categories: Scottish Care , Scottish Social Care

The IRISS The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) is a charitable company with a mission to: ‘…promote positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland’s social services by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce to access and make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and…

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Participation and quality

Participation and quality ›

13th September 2015 | Categories: Scottish Care , Scottish Social Care

These are challenging times in providing social care, but there is also innovation and overall development of the sector. The recent introduction of the Care Act 2014 in England has much potential to strengthen people’s involvement within their care service, personalising it and tailoring it to their needs. Similarly in Scotland, there has been an…

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