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Service user and carer (SUAC) involvement in social work education has been mandatory for 15 years now. There is a lot of learning to share with educators and practitioners working across health, social care and public services generally. The learning is also relevant to policy makers committed to mainstreaming person-centred …
Tories have criticised "unacceptably long" waits some elderly people face for care packages after figures showed more than a quarter of those with "substantial" needs were not assessed within six weeks. Scottish Government statistics covering the period January to March 2017 showed 26% of this group had to wait longer…
The cost of free personal and nursing care for elderly Scots reached a record high of almost £500 million in 2015-16, a new report has revealed. Councils spent £371 million on personal care for those who receive help to allow them to continue living at home while a further £127…
New ways of offering people more choice and control over their social care can make a real difference but further work is needed to ensure everyone can benefit, says a report. Since 2014 councils have been responsible for implementing Self-directed Support (SDS), which offers people more choices around their support…
More people should be benefiting from a planned transformation of social care, a new report has said. The review found "no evidence" of the radical change needed to fully implement a ten-year strategy for self-directed support (SDS). The policy, drawn up by the Scottish Government and council body Cosla in…
Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care have announced a new Framework to support person-centred approaches for the health and social care workforce. This approach, outlined in the Five Year Forward View, puts people, families and communities at the heart of health, care and wellbeing. It encourages…
Personal assistance relationships are usually empowering and flexible for both employer and workers, but can become emotionally fraught and even wounded, according to a report launched today. Findings of the study into the diversity and complexity of relationships between disabled people and personal assistants will be presented in London today,…
Thousands of elderly people are missing out on free personal care because of delays to assessments and care arrangements, a charity has found. Age Scotland says official figures suggest that, each year, around 8,640 people in Scotland wait longer than six weeks for a care assessment. Its own research, compiled…
Pilotlight was a five year programme funded by the Scottish Government, and developed by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss), as part of the implementation of self-directed support. Pilotlight has co-designed seven pathways to self-directed support focusing on mental health, risk, self-employment, young people in transition,…
£100,000 funding has been awarded to Scottish charity MECOPP, to provide legal support to people affected by dementia to help them access their rights to self-directed support. Self-directed Support (SDS) gives people the power to decide how to spend the money or 'budget' that has been allocated to them if…
Patients with dementia are being prevented from receiving personalised care because of a "deep-seated misunderstanding" about how they can tailor their own care, a charity has said. The Alzheimer's Society said that fewer than a third of people receiving social care support for problems with memory and cognition have a…
Meaningful and Measurable, a collaborative action research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) brought together three academic organisations, eight practice partners and four national stakeholder organisations (across Scotland and Wales) with a shared interest: adopting a focus on personal outcomes in health, social care and other…
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