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Prisoners and New Statutory Duties of Local Authorities in England and Wales

Prisoners and New Statutory Duties of Local Authorities in England and Wales ›

5th November 2015 | Categories: Welsh Care , Welsh Social Care

The move towards incorporating prisoners within new social care legislation administered by local authorities (LA’s) (The Care Act, 2014. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, 2014) is a ‘historic’ departure in policy, which recognises the importance of locating individual prisoners within their own life-journey, social-context and individual support-plan. The legislation places a responsibility upon…

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MIND THE GAP! Developing New Practice in response to The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

MIND THE GAP! Developing New Practice in response to The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 ›

15th October 2015 | Categories: Welsh Care , Welsh Social Care

The Social Services and Well-being Act (SSWA) represents a ‘step-change’ in the legislation surrounding the DELIVERY of Social Care in Wales. Therefore, the intent of the Act will only be realised if there are developments in service design, professional-practice, and personal care delivery, which enact and embody the changes envisaged in the Act. For the purpose…

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Assessment and Goal Setting Under The Social Services and Well-being Act 2014

Assessment and Goal Setting Under The Social Services and Well-being Act 2014 ›

8th October 2015 | Categories: Welsh Care , Welsh Social Care

The Challenge “Be a shade braver!” said my last blog…a reference to the primacy of the person-centred focus and increased therapeutic ambition of the Social Services and Well-being Act (SSWA). “But…” it continued…”how will this be realised?” Therein lies the challenge to services, not least because of the financial constraints of this austere age, which…

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‘Well-being’ is at the heart of The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, (2014) – but what does it mean in practice?

‘Well-being’ is at the heart of The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, (2014) – but what does it mean in practice? ›

8th September 2015 | Categories: Welsh Care , Welsh Social Care

‘Fitness’, ‘wellness’, ‘health’, ‘well-being’…so what IS in a name? The new Welsh Government Social Services and Wellbeing Act (SSWA) adopts the term ‘Wellbeing’ within its title and throughout all facets of the legislation. Let’s consider the significance and implications… Although the current English and Welsh legislation governing health and social care are largely similar in outline, purpose and function, they…

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No care without me…?

No care without me…? ›

2nd September 2015 | Categories: Welsh Care , Welsh Social Care

Taking note of every edict from Central Government or the Welsh assembly can often feel like entering a labyrinth, with seemingly little content that is relevant at the level of service delivery. Occasionally, however, they do say something actually worth listening too – and so it was with the Department of Health’s, ‘No Decision without…

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Mental health care & support plans in Wales: Outcome-focussed plans are here

Mental health care & support plans in Wales: Outcome-focussed plans are here ›

27th August 2015 | Categories: Welsh Care , Welsh Social Care

At the risk of teaching Grandma to suck eggs, let’s consider some of the current requirements for care and support planning in the field of mental healthcare in Wales. In recent years, we have had the Mental Health Measure Wales (2011), and the Social Services and Wellbeing Act (2014), which should guide our practice. However,…

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Cannabis: A common problem in Welsh Social Care?

Cannabis: A common problem in Welsh Social Care? ›

19th August 2015 | Categories: Welsh Care , Welsh Social Care

Next year’s introduction of new overarching care standards focusses on removing obstacles to “Wellbeing” (Social Services and Wellbeing Act, 2014). This concept of “Wellbeing” has many facets, and everyday use of illegal substances can certainly impact upon it. This is as true of cannabis as it is of harder drugs. Whilst cannabis use has become…

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Care Regulation in Wales – Friend or Foe?

Care Regulation in Wales – Friend or Foe? ›

13th August 2015 | Categories: Welsh Care , Welsh Social Care

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act (SSAW) 2014, will come into force in Wales from April 2016. This is the first overarching regulatory legislation within the Principality for 13 years and marks the next stage of the evolving regulation journey. As many of us return form our well-deserved summer break, our thoughts are likely…

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Wales Leads the way by Introducing The Declaration on Rights for Older People

Wales Leads the way by Introducing The Declaration on Rights for Older People ›

28th August 2014 | Categories: Welsh Care

Introduction Wales has become the first country in the world to adopt a Declaration of the Rights of Older People, which clearly sets out the rights of older people in Wales. What is the Declaration? The Declaration aims to help older people understand their rights more effectively and how they relate to current equality and…

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Welsh Government Unveils £50 Million Care Fund to Support Older People

Welsh Government Unveils £50 Million Care Fund to Support Older People ›

25th July 2014 | Categories: Welsh Care

In October 2013 the Welsh Government set out plans for an Intermediate Care Fund as part of their 2014/15 budget. The drivers behind these plans were stated as follows: Helping older people maintain their independence and live in their own home. Ease the pressures on the NHS and residential care homes caused by unnecessary admissions….

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