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The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care has today published its Lessons Learned Review into handling by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of concerns about midwives’ fitness to practise at the Furness General Hospital (FGH). These concerns date back to 2004. This Review, commissioned by the Secretary…
Today, to mark the start of Deaf Awareness Week, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has launched a new practice guide to help social workers to better serve people with hearing problems, available here. The BASW Acquired Hearing Loss Practice Guidance has been produced by a small group of…
Tawel Fan ward, an older people’s mental health ward in the Ablett Unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan was closed in December 2013 following concerns being raised about the quality and safety of care provided on the ward. The Health Board had undertaken internal investigations resulting in some staff…
Early mental health interventions in primary schools, such as one-to-one mental health support from counsellors, could both improve life chances for children over their lifetime and generate significant economic benefits, according to an independent analysis, conducted by charity Pro Bono Economics, of charity Place2Be’s school-based mental health services. The study…
The purpose of this Evidence Review is to examine the latest practice, policy and evidence, bringing together social work in the 21st century, and reforms to support families with disabled children and young people. The authors are experts, from a range of backgrounds and professions, who share a passion and…
Care Inspectorate Wales and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales have jointly published the 2016-17 monitoring report on for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) across Wales. The Safeguards apply to people over the age of 18 who can’t consent to treatment or care in a hospital or care home and where restrictions or…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss) has been involved in the Improving Use of Evidence Strand of the Vision and Strategy for Social Services in Scotland. The Evidence Summit was an event that convened leaders from major practitioner, policy and professional bodies with an interest in…
The knowledge and skills statements are the foundation for the introduction of a post-qualification specialist career pathway for child and family social workers. They’re important for: child and family social work education recruitment career development performance appraisal These statements will form the basis of the national assessment and accreditation system…
This document sets out the Government response to the consultation for formally determining the Knowledge and Skills Statements for frontline practitioners and practice supervisors as the post-qualifying improvement standards. The consultations were conducted at a roundtable discussion and there were no online responses. The Department for Education have also updated…
Scottish Care has released a new report which explores recruitment and retention of individuals working in the care sector. The report findings show: Employers have seen an almost 20% increase in those over the age of 45 applying for care vacancies. Providers are operating a wide range of workplace benefits…
Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) have today (15 March) published the report of a review commissioned following the tragic murder of Becky Watts by her step-brother who, along with his then partner, were convicted of murder and manslaughter respectively and sentenced in November 2015. The report considers the involvement of…
Poor sharing of information led to warning signs being missed before a 19-day-old boy was murdered by his mother, a serious case review has found. Nicola Brown, 43, was found guilty of the murder of her son Jake following a trial at Winchester Crown Court in 2016 and was sentenced…
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