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So, technology and innovation in the adult social care market. Is it a contradiction in terms? I’ve certainly been struggling to find and commission innovative technology for our new build home in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. But at a Wayra event on 21 April (Technology in Social Care: innovation in adversity) I…
The SSSC, in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES), NHS24, and the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT), recently commissioned research into the extent the health and social care workforce access technology to support learning and improve service delivery. The research was designed to provide an analysis of…
Psychologists at the University of Liverpool have developed a smartphone app to help people maintain their mental health using the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy. The `Catch It` app was modelled on one-to-one therapy sessions and illustrates some of the key principles of psychological approaches to mental health and well-being,…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) have announced the appointment of Jackie McKenzie as Director. Jackie is joining IRISS from Nesta, the innovation charity where for the last nine years she established and led the team in Scotland. She has designed and delivered innovation programmes in…
A competition to find the best 'Bright Ideas' to create a better life for people affected by dementia in Scotland has been launched today. The competition is being run by the Life Changes Trust, an independent charity set up with a Big Lottery Fund endowment of GBP50 million to improve…
At IRISS we believe that innovation is not a practice reserved for ‘the creative’ or ‘the experts’ and that people innovate all the time. We focus on how to blend and adapt ideas to support social innovation and on how we need to accept risk and failure as central components…
Lancashire County Council are set to trial new hi-tech child protection measure which may help to professional respond more quickly cases. Under the new measures, information about at-risk youngsters will be shared between social workers, health professionals and other agencies at the touch of a button. The system, 'Child Protection…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) is currently conducting a survey of professionals in the social services sector in Scotland. They are interested in your awareness and perceptions of IRISS and what they do and also your views on priorities for the social services sector. Independent…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and the University of West of Scotland (USW) have launched two new learning games at The European Conference on the Application of Enabling Technologies, held in Glasgow this week. The games are designed to help social service workers and employers learn and develop vital…
I consider myself a bit of a magpie; a bit of a scavenger when it comes to research: I’m opportunistic, interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial. My current design research projects are varied; one explores how digital technologies can help people engage with the arts, another is about using design to help the…
A new e-book examined case studies from the 'Welfare innovations at the local level in favour of cohesion' (WILCO) project. WILCO was a cross-national comparative study that examined how local welfare systems affected social inequalities or favoured social cohesion, as well as considering policy transfer to, and implementation in, other…
Government care minister Norman Lamb visited Leeds yesterday to launch an initiative called Developing Empowering Resources in Communities (DERiC). DERiC will invest a £1m loan from Big Society Capital in community organisations which support people who receive personal budgets to pay for their own care. The scheme has been rolled…
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