1. Introduction

We are acutely aware of how busy social care practitioners are. We realise this means that many people will have insufficient time to read through our weekly updates. Subscriber feedback has suggested that some sort of in-year summary information would be a useful addition to our service. This report is the second in what we intend to be roughly quarterly reports highlighting key content that we have published – or on which we have provided links – in this case, in the period December 2018 to end-March 2019. The content we have included in this report represents only a smaller part of the full range of material we have made available through our emails during that period. We have selected what we believe are the most important and/or practice-relevant publications, but that still leaves a very substantial volume of material to present.

We have designed this report, not in the expectation that subscribers will be able to access every link that we have provided, but so that people can scan-read the headings and decide which – if any – of the reports they want to look at in more detail.

We know that people will have different interests and we have provided quite a wide range of material from which individual selections can be made. Nonetheless, it seems to us that every item we have included has a significant degree of importance or relevance to some key aspect of social care/work practice.

The sections of the report cover:

  • Our own publications
  • Guidance and practice material
  • Policy reports
  • Research materials

2. CareKnowledge and Pavilion Publications

The Importance of Relationships in Social Work

This Special Report was written to mark World Social Work Day 2019, this year's focus being the importance of human relationships.

Young Carers: Still Ignored or Do They Now Have Reason to Be Hopeful?

This Special Report sets out the intentions of the 2014 Children and Families Act and Carers Act, highlights the issues raised by stakeholders since then, and considers the government’s response as it looks to improve the offering of help and assistance available to young carers.

Working Upstream

This Special Report sets out the arguments and evidence for using therapeutic interventions to support both offending and non-offending people with a sexual interest in children, to manage their behaviour and reduce risk.

Transparency, Timeliness and Sufficiency

This Special Report discusses the principles and practicalities of resource allocation in an English Local Authority.

Supervision - Practice Essentials

This Special Report takes a detailed look at those elements of supervision practice that are essential, whatever the environment or practice methodology being employed in a social work/social care team.

Chief Social Worker for Adults' Annual Report

A CareKnowledge Briefing which highlights some of the key content from this year’s annual report from the Chief Social Worker.

Eating Disorders

This Briefing pulls together information – including short summaries of contents and findings – on a selection of recent publications on this subject.

Recent Adults’ Research Studies

A Briefing on eight recent research studies with implications for adults’ services.

Progress on ‘Building the Right Support’

A Briefing which looks at the main conclusions of the evaluation of Building the Right Support.

Review of the Disabled Facilities Grant

A Briefing on the report of an independent review of the Disabled Facilities Grant, commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

Post-Qualifying Standards for Practice Supervisors in Adult Social Care

A Briefing on the government’s new post-qualifying standards for social work practice supervisors in adult social care, and on the consultation process that preceded their publication.

Conquering Anxiety: Pathological Fear and Its Manifold Causes

Abi Crossland-Otter, a trainee counsellor and author, writes in Mental Health Today, about her own anxiety, and the differing scientific theories as to what may cause it.

Should "Challenging Behaviour" Be Used As a Reason to Limit Community Access?

When, if ever, should "challenging behaviour" be used as a reason to limit community access? How serious should episodes get before it’s okay to restrict community access? Darren Devine reports in Learning Disability Today.

Why We Talk About Our Childhood in Therapy

Why is revisiting childhood still an important part of the therapeutic process? What is it about revisiting the past that matters so much in the present and future? Britt Mahrer writes in Mental Health Today.

Are Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Millions Being Spent Wisely?

It was promoted as a world-first that would deliver improvements to the lives of people with learning disabilities by investigating the reasons behind premature deaths. Writing for Learning Disability Today Darren Devine speaks to those who say the aims of the learning disabilities mortality review (LeDeR) are being undermined.

Mental Health Act Changes Could See 10,000 Fewer Individuals Face Compulsory Detention

Proposed changes to the Mental Health Act published in Sir Simon Wessely's independent review could lead to 15-20 percent fewer individuals being detained in hospital against their will – and see more lives saved than currently. Article from Mental Health Today

Why the "High/Low-Functioning" Labels Are Harmful to Autistic People

This blog, written for Learning Disability Today by Andy Burns, a vlogger who produces videos about being autistic, addresses a hurtful and devalidating aspect of the autism discussion – functioning labels.


3. Guidance and Practice

Social Media and Social Service Workers

A briefing paper from IRISS, part of its Insight series.

Caring About Complaints

A Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman good practice guide, which shares lessons from complaints to help adult social care providers improve their services.

A Brief Guide to Carrying Out Capacity Assessments

A guidance note for social workers and those working in front-line clinical settings.

People’s Experience Using Adult Social Care Services

An updated quality standard from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Social Work England Consultation on Rules and Standards

Five consultations issued by Social Work England, the new, specialist regulator for social workers in England.

Making Personalised Care a Reality: The Role of Occupational Therapy

A report from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Relationships and Sexuality in Adult Social Care Services

Guidance for CQC inspection staff and registered adult social care providers.

Strengths-Based Approach

A framework and handbook which aims to support social workers and social care professionals in applying a strengths-based approach to their work with adults.

Person-Centred Future Planning

A quick guide for practitioners supporting people growing older with learning disabilities.

Reducing the Risk of Falls

A quick guide produced by MacIntyre, aimed at preventing falls in older people, people with dementia and people with learning disabilities.

Eating and Drinking Well in Care

Good practice guidance for older people produced by the Care Inspectorate.

Respecting Care Home Residents’ Right to Privacy: What is the Evidence of Good Practice?

A review and discussion of evidence of good practice in respecting care home residents’ right to privacy.

Helping to Prevent Pressure Ulcers

A quick guide for registered managers of care homes, co-produced by NICE and SCIE and based on NICE’s guideline and quality standard on pressure ulcers.

Making Homes More Dementia-Friendly through the Use of Aids and Adaptations

A report on a pilot study that aimed to explore the impacts of aids and adaptations on the wellbeing of people with dementia and their families living at home.

Safeguarding Adult Review and Domestic Homicide Review: Harry

A combined domestic homicide review and safeguarding adults review, commissioned in response to the murder of Harry a young man diagnosed with both learning disabilities and autism. His killers were both convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

People First, Manage What Matters...

A report on a programme of work designed to examine the journeys taken by people through 14 health and social care systems.

The Impact of Formal Care on Informal Care for People Over 75 in England

A discussion paper from the Personal Social Services Research unit

Building a Cohesive Partnership

The perspectives of staff caregivers on improving self-care independence among older adults living in long-term care facilities.

Home to the Unknown: Getting Hospital Discharge Right

A report from the British Red Cross on patients’ experience of discharge from hospital and their transition from hospital to home.

What Do Patients and Family-Caregivers Value from Hospice Care?

A systematic mixed studies review which aimed to determine what patients and their families valued about adult hospice care.

New Developments in Adult Social Care

A report from the Institute of Public Care, which gives further consideration for developing a Six Steps Approach to delivering effective outcomes and managing demand.

Relevant Information and the Mental Capacity Act

An article which explores the central role played by the information available to an individual in their decision-making process and how this information underpins the validity of the assessment of their decisional capacity.

Planning Ahead with Dementia: What Role Can Advance Care Planning Play?

A paper which aims to identify the benefits and challenges of Advanced Care Planning (ACP) in dementia care, outline strategies to design appropriate procedures and tools, and provide professionals, patients and their relatives with opportunities to engage in ACP.

Identifying Factors Contributing to Acute Hospital Delayed Discharge for People Living with Dementia

A report on a project which aimed to understand the factors contributing to delayed discharges from hospital for people living with dementia through a detailed case note analysis.

Policy Reports

Health State Life Expectancies by National Deprivation Deciles, England and Wales: 2015 to 2017

Annual report from the Office for National Statistics.

Measuring Poverty in the UK

A House of Lords Library briefing.

Learning from Deaths

A CQC review of the first year of NHS trusts implementing the national guidance

Chief Social Worker for Adults' Annual Report: 2018 to 2019

The fifth annual report from the Chief Social Worker for Adults in England, themed around social work leadership in changing times.

Mapping Hospital Social Work

A review of the evidence on the specific role, activities and costs of social work in hospitals.

The State of Ageing in 2019: Adding Life to Our Years

A report from the Centre for Better Ageing which uses publicly available data to give a snapshot of what life is like for people aged 65 and older today.

Proceed With Caution: What Makes Personal Budgets Work?

A critical examination of how personal budgets have been used to deliver public services in the UK.

Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments, England 2018

Annual statistical report from NHS Digital.

Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2017 to 2018

The ninth annual report by the Care Quality Commission on the use of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Adult Social Care Funding (England)

A House of Commons library briefing paper.

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

A House of Commons Library briefing.

Key Health Impacts and Support Systems for Informal Carers in the UK

A report of a systematic review of the key health impacts of informal caregiving.

Governance and Accountability for Integrated Health and Care

A brief explainer which outlines some of the key governance and accountability challenges that these organisations may face when seeking to work more collaboratively.

A Review of the Fit and Proper Person Test

An independent review of how effectively the test prevents unsuitable staff from being redeployed or re-employed in health and social care settings.

The NHS Long-Term Plan Explained

An explainer from the King's Fund, which sets out the main commitments in the plan and provides the King's Fund's view of what they might mean.

Preventing Suicide in England

The fourth progress report of the cross-government outcomes strategy, setting out what has been done to reduce deaths by suicide in England during 2017 and 2018.

Unmet Needs

An investigation by Human Rights Watch, into improper social care assessments for older people in England.

Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2018

Annual report from the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), which brings together information about the costs of health and social care staff and services in as transparent and consistent a way as possible.

New Models of Home Care

A report from The King's Fund, commissioned by the Department of Health.

5. Research materials

Self-Management Interventions for People With Severe Mental Illness

A report on a study which aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of self-management interventions for adults with severe mental illness.

Service Delivery Models to Maximize Quality of Life for Older People at the End of Life

A study which aimed to provide a comprehensive synthesis of evidence regarding service delivery models that optimise the quality of life for older people at the end of life.

A Review of Age Friendly Virtual Assistive Technologies and their Effect on Daily Living for Carers and Dependent Adults

A paper which examines the national and international age-friendly frameworks regarding older adults who are carers of dependent people with disabilities.

An Updated Picture of the Mental Health Needs of Male and Female Prisoners in the UK

A study which aimed to measure the prevalence and comorbidity of mental health needs across a representative sample of both men and women across 13 prisons in one UK region.

Childhood Maltreatment and Adult Suicidality

A comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis which aimed to quantify the association between different types of childhood maltreatment and suicidality.

Gender and Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence

The results of a literature review in which the aim was to understand how gender may affect the violence in same-sex intimate partner violence.

Older Adults Neglected by Their Caregivers: Vulnerabilities and Risks Identified in an Adult Protective Services Sample

A US study which provides in-depth information on Adult Protective Services cases involving caregiver neglect that aims to add to understanding of this complex problem.

A Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Quality Indicators to Assess Optimal Palliative Care for Older People with Dementia

A study which aimed to identify and critically evaluate quality indicators for end-of-life care in dementia.

Dementia Care Mapping™ to Reduce Agitation in Care Home Residents with Dementia

A study which aimed to investigate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Dementia Care Mapping™ for reducing agitation, and improving care outcomes for people living with dementia in care homes.

Psychological Predictors of ‘Living Well’ With Dementia: Findings from the IDEAL Study

A paper which examines the association between psychological resources and the ability to ‘live well’ with dementia.

What Would I Want?

A study which explored dementia perspectives and priorities among people with dementia, family carers and service professionals.

Adult Family Carers’ Perceptions of Their Educational Needs When Providing End-of-Life Care

A paper which aims to explore the educational needs of adult carers providing physical and other care to people at the end of life.

Suicide and Self-Harm in Britain - Researching Risk and Resilience

A study which aimed to inform self-harm and suicide prevention work through survey analysis and consultation with people with lived experience.

Direct Funding and Older People: Why Are We Still Talking About Choice?

Social Care Elf summary of a qualitative meta-synthesis of directly funded home-care programmes for older people and the concept of ‘choice’.

Alcohol Use and Dementia

A scoping review, which aimed to clarify the relationship between alcohol use and dementia.

Measuring Health-Related Quality of Life of Care Home Residents

A comparison of self-report with staff proxy responses in care home health-related quality of life questionnaires.