SCIE: Named Social Worker report

This programme has been about trying something different, piloting new ideas and generating early and indicative evidence about their impact. Pilots tested what difference it would make (and what it would look like in practice) for people to have an allocated social worker who could build a meaningful relationship with them, coordinate support in a holistic and person-centred way and be an advocate within the system.

Reports available here

Social prescribing schemes across England to receive £4.5 million

The practice, known as ‘social prescribing’, aims to improve patients’ quality of life, health and wellbeing by recognising that health is affected by a range of social, economic and environmental factors.

The funding will allow GPs to refer more patients to social activities and other types of support to improve health and wellbeing and reduce demand on NHS services.

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United Response: ‘What does good look like’ guide is a resource for observing in services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Working with Professor Julie Beadle-Brown at The Tizard Centre, University of Kent, we have developed the “What Does Good Look Like” booklet and checklist designed for inspectors (e.g. CQC), experts by experience, researchers and other professionals who might need to observe a service for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

This exciting new resource outlines what good practice looks like and provides a set of observable practices that can indicate that a service is implementing person centred approaches such as Person Centred Active Support, The National Autistic Society’s SPELL Framework, Total or Alternative and Augmentative Communication, and Positive Behaviour Support.

Access the guide here.