Care Act advocacy training resources
A set of resources have been developed to support the training of independent advocates. It has been created to help training providers deliver training to equip the independent advocates in their roles under the Care Act 2014 and to support the vocation qualifications provided through City and Guilds. You can access the resources here.
Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015- 2020
The National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership, made up of statutory bodies including NHS England, the Association of Adult Social Services, charities and groups representing patients and professionals, has developed a framework for action in making palliative and end of life care a priority at local level. Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015-2020, is aimed at local health and social care and community leaders and sets out six ‘ambitions’ – principles for how care for those nearing death should be delivered at local level. It builds on the Department of Health’s 2008 Strategy for End of Life Care.
Electronic DBS checks
NCVO recently published a blog about the merits of dispensing with the old fashioned paper DBS check form and applying electronically. We think you’ll find it a really useful guide to how to go about DBS checks and how to ensure you’re doing it right.
Dementia and homecare: driving quality and innovation
A new report serves as a call to action to help people with dementia live well at home for longer. 'Dementia and homecare: driving quality and innovation', part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, presents a series of innovative practice examples from across the country. It also identifies ways to make these examples the norm. Dominic Carter, a policy officer with the United Kingdom Homecare Association and author of the report, considers why this work was required.
Starting the Conversation
Compassion in Dying has produced a booklet “Starting the conversation: planning ahead for your future treatment and care”. Aimed at supporting people to talk about their wishes for care and treatment with their family, friends and doctor, you can request a copy here
Evaluation highlights areas for improvement in long term conditions care
NHS Improving Quality has been working with the Ethnography Centre of Excellence to produce a series of videos exploring the lives of people living with multiple long-term conditions. While the majority of the population agree that “Britain’s national health service is one of the best in the world”, and half say “the NHS is the thing that makes them most proud to be British” an evaluation exploring the lives of older people living with multiple long term conditions has highlighted that the health and care system is not set up for their needs.
Better Endings - right care, right place, right time
Helping people to die with dignity, compassion and comfort is an important goal of any health service. Recent accounts have provided rich insights into some of the challenges for healthcare professionals trying to meet the needs of people at the end of life, ranging from reports of inequalities in access to specialist palliative care to skills and training gaps for general staff caring for the dying.
Better Endings is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Dissemination Centre’s first Themed Review. It brings together evidence from the NIHR, focusing largely on the quality and organisation of care. The review aims to help those delivering, planning or using end of life services to ensure that the right care is delivered in the right place at the right time.
Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs
SCIE guideline: new NICE guideline focuses on what should happen in hospital, from admission onwards and throughout someone’s stay, so that their discharge isn’t rushed or unplanned. The guideline, developed by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care - a partnership led by SCIE, ensures people with social care needs get the support they need to leave hospital and to prevent delayed discharge from care.