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Last Sunday I had the privilege of taking part in the Royal College of Nursing 100th anniversary Congress which was held in Glasgow for the first time. Together with the Director of the RCN in Scotland, Theresa Fyfe, and Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, Prof Fiona McQueen I was invited to…
Right across England and Wales, local councils have been coping with successive cuts to their budgets for the past six years. Between 2010 and 2015, cuts to local councils amounted to £18 billion in real terms, and a further £9.5 billion is expected to be slashed by 2020. Inevitably, public…
For over a decade, England has used social business models in health and social care as an attractive alternative to either state monopolies or privatisation. This includes the organisational models of social enterprise, co-operatives and micro enterprises, which are seen as having a healthy balance of social and business aims.…
Professor Jan Oyebode looks at frontal lobe dementia, what it is, the symptoms and how it affects the individual and carers. John Berry, a founder member of the Beastie Boys, has died of dementia at the age of 52. Berry's father told Rolling Stone magazine that his son died from…
Welcome to the first blog of Revisiting Child protection in Scotland. The project emerges out of academic research – out of the findings from a UK-wide study of how social workers communicate with children and young people in child and family social work settings. The Talking & Listening to Children…
With over 6.5 million carers across the UK, Lisa Smith, Research and Development Manager at Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA), believes we need to make supporting this unpaid workforce a priority. RiPfA has been examining current social work practice and talking to carers about the changes needed, as part…
Since its introduction in 2015, thousands of health and social care workers have completed the Care Certificate. Designed with the Cavendish Review in mind, it comprises 15 standards to which staff must adhere when carrying out their roles. Traditionally, fitting training into already busy schedules has been a challenge; on-site…
Dr Maggie Ellis, Fellow in Dementia Care at the St Andrews University, is spearheading a new initiative aimed at making St Andrews a dementia friendly community. Here she shares with us the background to her work and how her innovative techniques have been helping individuals with dementia and their families…
The importance of teams to the successful delivery of health and care services is now well established. There is an overwhelming evidence base that teams of relevant professionals coming together to achieve a shared goal can lead to genuine improvements in patient care. Many of the new models of care…
We all expect to have the right to enjoy life from beginning to end; to have fun, laugh and experience pleasurable, playful moments. But what if we are affected by a disease that adversely affects both memory and our perception of the world? What if this means we can no…
Discharging older patients from hospital, the National Audit Office (NAO) report published today, focuses primarily on those patients deemed ‘medically fit for discharge’ but who are stranded in hospital. The NAO report looks beyond the official data on delayed transfers of care at the underlying issues affecting this group of…
Old age is a time of many challenges. Retirement brings opportunities, but for many people it also results in loss of role and income. Loved ones may die, leading to the need to grieve and reconstruct life, sometimes without a partner of many years. In advanced old age, physical and…
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