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Children in care total rises 12% in four years

Children in care total rises 12% in four years | Social services news | Scoop.it
Figures show more than 68,000 taken in by social services, with 42,000 having suffered abuse or neglectThe number of children in council care in England has risen by 12%, with overall costs calculated at £3.4bn.
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'Punching above their weight’: the impact of occupational therapists

'Punching above their weight’: the impact of occupational therapists | Social services news | Scoop.it
Occupational therapists can alleviate pressure on the NHS, but their profile needs to be raised
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Students with mental health problems in Scotland face discrimination

Students with mental health problems in Scotland face discrimination | Social services news | Scoop.it
Charity and union partnership aims to tackle stigma to make it easier for students to stay in education
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SSSC Registration

SSSC Registration | Social services news | Scoop.it
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has been registering people who work in social services since 2003. There are now over 68,000 people in Scotland on the Register with another 50,000 expected to join before 2020.
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‘Avoid gobbledygook to help empower the people’

‘Avoid gobbledygook to help empower the people’ | Social services news | Scoop.it
PUBLIC bodies must avoid “gobbledygook” language if legislation designed to get more people involved in the community is to be a success, MSPs have warned.
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Care workers: the other side of the story | Godfrey Hodgson

Care workers: the other side of the story | Godfrey Hodgson | Social services news | Scoop.it
My wife’s care workers were a delight despite being let down by an unfair system. Why won’t politicians talk about that as the election approaches?There have been a lot of bad news stories about care homes and care workers.
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The journey to intermediate care in a care home | Fit for the Future

The journey to intermediate care in a care home | Fit for the Future | Social services news | Scoop.it
The journey to intermediate care in a care home – Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services... http://t.co/jocvbQV27c
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Does money in adulthood affect adult outcomes?

Does money in adulthood affect adult outcomes? | Social services news | Scoop.it
When social research is carried out, people on lower incomes tend to score consistently poorly on a range of indicators, from health and well-being, to social participation, to mortality rates. Would a larger income alone make a difference?
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Want to tackle social worker stress? Smaller caseloads may not be the answer

Want to tackle social worker stress? Smaller caseloads may not be the answer | Social services news | Scoop.it
New research suggests that increasing social workers’ control over their work can help to improve job satisfaction
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Using Patient Experiences on Dutch Social Media to Supervise Health Care Services: Exploratory Study

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Background: Social media has become mainstream and a growing number of people use it to share health care-related experiences, for example on health care rating sites. These users’ experiences and ratings on social media seem to be associated with quality of care. Therefore, information shared by citizens on social media could be of additional value for supervising the quality and safety of health care services by regulatory bodies, thereby stimulating participation by consumers.

Objective: The objective of the study was to identify the added value of social media for two types of supervision by the Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate (DHI), which is the regulatory body charged with supervising the quality and safety of health care services in the Netherlands. These were (1) supervision in response to incidents reported by individuals, and (2) risk-based supervision.

Methods: We performed an exploratory study in cooperation with the DHI and searched different social media sources such as Twitter, Facebook, and healthcare rating sites to find additional information for these incidents and topics, from five different sectors. Supervision experts determined the added value for each individual result found, making use of pre-developed scales.

Results: Searches in social media resulted in relevant information for six of 40 incidents studied and provided relevant additional information in 72 of 116 cases in risk-based supervision of long-term elderly care.

Conclusions: The results showed that social media could be used to include the patient’s perspective in supervision. However, it appeared that the rating site ZorgkaartNederland was the only source that provided information that was of additional value for the DHI, while other sources such as forums and social networks like Twitter and Facebook did not result in additional information. This information could be of importance for health care inspectorates, particularly for its enforcement by risk-based supervision in care of the elderly. Further research is needed to determine the added value for other health care sectors.


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I think my mother’s carer is stealing from her

I think my mother’s carer is stealing from her | Social services news | Scoop.it
She goes to the cashpoint with my mother most days, and has taken shopping bought with my mother’s money and sums of up to £60 have gone missing. What can I do?My brother and I have power of attorney on behalf of my mother.
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‘Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings’

‘Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings’ | Social services news | Scoop.it
A lack of basic fairness in our economic system is driving inequality to levels that threaten democracy, capitalism and civil society, argues Will Hutton in an extract from his new book • Will Hutton Q&A: ‘It wouldn’t take much to make this country...
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Dementia: how our campaign for patient dignity in hospitals took off | Nicci Gerrard

Dementia: how our campaign for patient dignity in hospitals took off | Nicci Gerrard | Social services news | Scoop.it
When I wrote about my father’s death, it touched many readers, all passionate to help dementia sufferers ‘Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Over the past few weeks, I have become freshly aware of the wisdom of this saying,...
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Health and Social Care Integration Survey

Our draft vision is to enable people to live full and positive lives within supportive communities.
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Why social workers should mark Holocaust Memorial Day - Community Care

Why social workers should mark Holocaust Memorial Day - Community Care | Social services news | Scoop.it
BASW professional officer Joe Godden on why social workers should mark Holocaust Memorial Day
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Socitm publishes new guide to IT and digital opportunities in a rapidly changing health and social care landscape

Socitm has published a new guide to the information and technology  challenges and opportunities arising from recent and forthcoming changes in health and social care.
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Plan for new £75m women’s ‘super prison’ axed

Plan for new £75m women’s ‘super prison’ axed | Social services news | Scoop.it
A SERIES of smaller regional units will replace plans for a £75 million women’s prison after the Scottish Government shelved the controversial project.
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Listening . . . with more than our ears ( Part 1 )

Listening . . . with more than our ears ( Part 1 ) | Social services news | Scoop.it
What a year for Glasgow. Many of us felt the warmth and goodwill that animated the carnival atmosphere in the city during the Games, stretch beyond the referendum as a tangible urge to transcend the politics of competition, blame, beliefs and...
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Care homes and community: the Sunday lunch club | Fit for the Future

Care homes and community: the Sunday lunch club | Fit for the Future | Social services news | Scoop.it
Care homes and community: the Sunday lunch club – Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services... http://t.co/N6bHxzK6Sb
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Female 'super-prison' plans scrapped are by justice secretary

Female 'super-prison' plans scrapped are by justice secretary | Social services news | Scoop.it
Michael Matheson said plans for the jail will not go ahead as they 'do not fit with his vision of how to address female offending'.
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IRISS Round-Up: January 2015

IRISS Round-Up: January 2015 | Social services news | Scoop.it
Here’a a Round-Up of all our latest news, resources and events http://t.co/albadUFbGo #socialservices #socialcare #socialwork
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New doctors offered NHS fund ‘golden hello’ to become GPs

New doctors offered NHS fund ‘golden hello’ to become GPs | Social services news | Scoop.it
Total of £10m designed to encourage newly qualified medics to boost numbers and stave off existing GPs from early retirementNewly qualified doctors will be offered “golden hellos” if they become a GP under a £10m NHS plan to help overcome the...
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‘40 domestic abuse prosecutions a day’ in Scotland

‘40 domestic abuse prosecutions a day’ in Scotland | Social services news | Scoop.it
THE number of domestic abuse prosecutions has risen by 25 per cent in a year, new figures show.
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What does the term “blended learning” mean”? The results

What does the term “blended learning” mean”? The results | Social services news | Scoop.it
Back in December, I ran a poll asking you what you understood by the term blended learning, as I was hearing the term being used in many different ways.
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Dementia sufferer spends winter with no heat or electric after social services ... - Mirror.co.uk

Dementia sufferer spends winter with no heat or electric after social services ... - Mirror.co.uk | Social services news | Scoop.it
After the family were not paid their carer's allowance, they have been forced to live off foodbanks and use candles for light
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'The level of poverty is shocking': readers discuss UK urban inequality

'The level of poverty is shocking': readers discuss UK urban inequality | Social services news | Scoop.it
Amid reports of an escalating economic imbalance between British cities – and in anticipation of the general election – you shared your experiences of the north-south divide, and some ideas for a fairer futureHow UK cities compare for population,...
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