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One in five visitors to Swiss assisted-dying clinics from Britain

One in five visitors to Swiss assisted-dying clinics from Britain | Social services news | Scoop.it
Of 611 people who travelled to country between 2008-2012 to end life, 126 were from UK, second only to Germany, finds studyOne in five people who travel to Switzerland to end their lives are from the UK, according to research that shows that the...
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Information for people with or affected by MND

Information for people with or affected by MND | Social services news | Scoop.it
  “Nowadays we all talk more about the disease. This is helped by the pointers in your information to help start conversations with health professionals.” Person with MND If you are living with or affected by MND, or Kennedy’s disease, you will find information to support you here, free of charge.
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Falkirk groups receive lottery funding boost

Falkirk groups receive lottery funding boost | Social services news | Scoop.it
A company in Falkirk’s received a grant, which they say will allow them to create an online tool to help reduce the number of people living in temporary accommodation. HomePointr have been awarded £10,000 by the National Lottery to help with their new project.
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Health Secretary launches NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s Care Framework for Huntington’s Disease - Daily Record

Health Secretary launches NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s Care Framework for Huntington’s Disease - Daily Record | Social services news | Scoop.it
Shona Robison MSP praised staff that have worked hard to strive for improvements of care.
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Social Services Evidence Sources (Public) - Google Docs

Social Services Evidence Sources (Public) - Google Docs | Social services news | Scoop.it
Iriss ESSS Social services evidence sources Dr Lauren Smith April 2018 This document aims to provide a non-exhaustive but useful list of sources of evidence to support knowledge into action across social services in Scotland.
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Palliative Care Explained | NCPC

Palliative Care Explained | NCPC | Social services news | Scoop.it
(palliative care explained) Everyone facing life-threatening illness will need some degree of supportive care in addition to treatment for their condition. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has defined supportive care for people with cancer.
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Self-directed support and workforce development: ESSS outline - Social Care Online

This summary looks at how the social care workforce in Scotland can be further developed to deliver self-directed support. It draws on evidence from academic research in the fields of social work, websites of key organisations, and reports produced by the Scottish Government.
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NHS needs '£50bn extra by 2030'

NHS needs '£50bn extra by 2030' | Social services news | Scoop.it
A top surgeon and ex-minister makes prediction as the government considers a long-term funding plan.
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Mental Health Publications - Mental Health Information & Resources

Mental Health Publications - Mental Health Information & Resources | Social services news | Scoop.it
Access key mental health publications from the Mental Welfare Commission. Resources to help people understand mental health & incapacity law in Scotland.
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Care Appointments | One in four UK regions lack specialist mental health care for mothers

Care Appointments | One in four UK regions lack specialist mental health care for mothers | Social services news | Scoop.it
Pregnant women and new mothers in a quarter of the UK still cannot access specialist perinatal menta...
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Unleashing Courageous Leadership at Every Age: Women in leadership, 100 years on – SSSC News

Unleashing Courageous Leadership at Every Age: Women in leadership, 100 years on – SSSC News | Social services news | Scoop.it
This year celebrates both Scotland’s Year of Young People and the centenary of some women gaining the vote in the UK. To mark this, the event will bring together a group of inspiring women who will present their perspective on women and leadership, reflecting on the courageous leaders they’ve seen in their own lives and what the future holds for aspiring leaders of all genders in Scotland. This is the second in a series of events with the SSSC and the Health and Social Care Academy , exploring what it means to be a courageous leader and how we unleash this capability in everyone we know. The aim of this series is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in creating and growing a vision of courageous leadership that can contribute to the transformation of our health and social care sector, and Scottish society more broadly. Everyone is welcome at this event, and we are particularly interested to hear from women of all ages about their own experience of leadership, and how they would like to see it develop. This two-hour event will feature presentations from women leading change in different areas, as well as group conversations focused on how we can help unlock the potential of Scotland’s future leaders. Whatever your background, everyone has an interest in nurturing courageous leadership in our society – so make sure to join us on 24 April and add your voice to the conversation! The event will be followed by drinks reception and buffet at 7pm. For more information and to book your place contact Alison Livingstone on 0141 404 0231 or by email at academy@alliance-scotland.org.uk
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Holyrood urged to back safe drug injection room in Glasgow - The Scotsman

Holyrood urged to back safe drug injection room in Glasgow - The Scotsman | Social services news | Scoop.it
Public health minister Aileen Campbell is set to call on the Scottish Parliament to back a safe injecting room for drug users.
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Categories | Social Worker of the Year Awards

Categories | Social Worker of the Year Awards | Social services news | Scoop.it
The Social Worker of the Year Awards are about recognising the excellent work of social workers across England.
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The Self Management Fund is open - apply here

The Self Management Fund is open - apply here | Social services news | Scoop.it
The ALLIANCE are pleased to announce the opening of the next round of the Self Management Fund. Applications available - apply today!
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Health and Social Care Digital Leaders Summit | Home

Health and Social Care Digital Leaders Summit | Home | Social services news | Scoop.it
Health and Social Care Digital Leaders' Summit 2018 Welcome We are pleased to welcome world-leading digital health experts from Scotland and Europe to our Health & Social Care Leaders Conference 2018. This one-day conference focuses on how advances in digital technology can help deliver better outcomes as we chart our own course towards health and social care integration in Scotland. Coverage  of the event will feed into a report celebrating 70 years of The NHS in Scotland, published in June 2018 to coincide with NHS celebrations.  International policy-makers and clinical leads will describe how they embarked on transformational change within their health and social care systems. Helping not only their citizens to benefit from a more user-focused approach but how they managed and motivated staff through the transition. The day will be focussed around the recent developments in: Health and Care Integration National Clinical Strategy Public Health Improvement Citizen Expectation and Patient Empowerment Expert panels will discuss what problem solving and project management skills are required to deliver resilient, scalable and ultimately easy-to-use digital tools and products to engender successful digital transformation. The conference will use expert panel sessions and workshops to debate and explore developments surrounding the use of technology by clinicians and healthcare providers including: • How to galvanise the workforce in the spirit of change • How to design solutions that work • How to mitigate risk and minimise the prospect of things going wrong • How to put the receivers of care at the heart of the process • How to lose your fear of data • How software can help us make better decisions Join the conversation online: #HSCSCOT  We are delighted to be welcoming delegates from a wide range of organisations, including: ALLIANCE, Alzheimer Scotland, ARKHA, Birchwood Highland, Bon Accord Care, British Lung Foundation, Carr Gomm, Compass Brain Injury Specialists, DHI, Digital Health & Care Institute, EDINA, University of Edinburgh, Falkirk Council, Fife College, Fife's Health & Social Care Partnership, Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, KPMG, MainStreet Consulting, McSence Communications Ltd, MediSapiens Ltd, Meditexts, NHS 24, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS GGC, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Health Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland, Orion Health, PAMIS, Penumbra, Perth & Kinross Health & Social Care Partnership, Public Health Intelligence, RAMH, Robert Gordon University, Royal College of Nursing Scotland, Scottish Government, South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership, Storm, The City of Edinburgh Council, The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), Tunstall Healthcare (UK) Ltd, University of Dundee, University of the Highlands and Islands, Viewpoint, Vision INPS, West College Scotland, West College Scotland, West Dunbartonshire HSCP, West Lothian College For more information on sponsorship opportunites please contact Harry Dickinson at  harry@canongate.org / 0131 561 7364.
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NHS Forth Valley – Become A Representative

NHS Forth Valley – Become A Representative | Social services news | Scoop.it
Do you have experience of using services? Live in Clackmannanshire or Stirling Council areas? If so, we need you! The Scottish Government have set out the membership of the Integration Joint Board and Strategic Planning Group for Health and Social Care Integration. We are looking for two service users from each of the Local Authority areas to represent fellow people on the Integration Joint Board and the Strategic Planning Group. For further information and details about how to apply, please see the below documents; Nominations from service users, who currently live in the Clackmannanshire or Stirling Council areas, should be submitted to CS.integration@nhs.net no later than Friday 25th May 2018.
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Distant Voices: How Vox Liminis' album aims to spark conversations on criminal justice | Creative Scotland

Distant Voices: How Vox Liminis' album aims to spark conversations on criminal justice | Creative Scotland | Social services news | Scoop.it
This summer, a new album from Vox Liminis will be launched at Hidden Door. Distant Voices: Not Known at This Address features the talents of Kris Drever, C Duncan, Admiral Fallow, Emma Pollock and more, alongside people who have experienced the criminal justice system.
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Why are more social work assessments leading to no further action?

Why are more social work assessments leading to no further action? | Social services news | Scoop.it
Katherine Purvis interrogates government statistics showing a rising tide of referrals don't lead to statutory services...
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Do you have the next big idea in dementia care? - Alzheimer Scotland

Do you have the Next Big Innovation in dementia care? Alzheimer Scotland is delighted to launch a unique partnership opportunity to find the next big innovation in dementia care, offering up to £10,000 supportive funding to help turn your innovation into a reality Dementia is one of the biggest public health issues facing the world today. It affects over 44 million people across the globe. We are looking for innovative and creative new ideas that offer practical solutions to support people to live well with dementia, as well as their carers, partners and families. On Friday 8 June 2018, as part of our Annual Conference, we will ask the audience to vote to find the next big (or small) innovation that could transform care and/or support for people with dementia and their families. Your innovation could be a new technology, a new practice or a new approach to the current delivery of services for people with dementia and their families. Your innovation could be to: support people with dementia to manage the symptoms of their illness and maintain their independence; support people with dementia to stay in their own home or sustain their community activities; support family carers of people with dementia to help look after someone at home; assist health and social care professionals in caring for people with dementia and supporting their carers/families. Or a unique innovation focused on entertainment or leisure time for people with dementia. The opportunities are endless, so let your creative juices flow and submit an entry today! How to enter Please read the ‘conditions of entry’, before completing and submitting the entry form. Each entry must contain the following: Innovation title Names and contact details of the person/people/group submitting the innovation Your goals – what you hope to achieve with this innovation, in no more than 50 words A brief description of the innovation, including how your innovation will support people to live well with dementia, and their carers, partners and families. How your innovation will provide long lasting impact and benefits; along with how your innovation could be sustained and/or rolled out nationally. This should be no longer than 250 words How you would use the £10,000 supportive funding to implement the innovation. This should include timescales, the development and running of an appropriate pilot project, as well as relevant costs relating to equipment, staff etc. This should be no longer than 250 words Agreement to the conditions of entry outlined below A short video, no longer than 4 minutes, about your innovation. You should consider this as your ‘elevator pitch’ and use it to convince viewers why your innovation should be the one to win. This video should be uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo in the first instance, accessible via a private link. If you are shortlisted for the final, your video will form the basis of pitch to a live audience of 500 delegates who will vote for the best innovation. Please consider this audience when making your video. Please submit your entry to Chris Kelly at conference@alzscot.org. All entries must be submitted by midnight on Monday 30 April 2018. Submissions will be assessed by a judging panel of experts in dementia, including people with dementia and their carers, who will shortlist a number of finalists (shortlisting will take place early May 2018). The finalists will be announced circa 8 May 2018. These finalists will be featured on Alzheimer Scotland’s website and social media channels (using the video and descriptions supplied) before competing for votes from a live audience at the Alzheimer Scotland Annual Conference on Friday 8 June at the EICC in Edinburgh.   Conditions of entry Please note that all submissions must be able to provide a representative to attend the conference on Friday 8 June in Edinburgh. Alongside your pitch on the day, you will have the chance to engage with the delegate audience throughout the day to persuade them to vote for your innovation, by hosting an exhibition stand This process will not accept submissions seeking funding for research By submitting an entry, the applicant acknowledges the submitted innovation will be a partnership delivered in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to participate in all publicity associated with the process and consent to all material, collated during the process, being published as Alzheimer Scotland deems suitable. The proposal must be developed in line with the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland and the Charter of Rights for people with dementia and their carers and reflect the commitments of the third National Dementia Strategy for Scotland The proposal must clearly demonstrate how your innovation supports people with dementia and their carers, family members, to live well with dementia Upon winning, the winner will initially meet with an identified champion at senior leadership level within Alzheimer Scotland to discuss the details for intended delivery and potential of sustainable development, agreed criteria for investment decisions and delegated authority, along with the exact mechanics of funding delivery and reporting updates. The winner will provide the expertise and knowledge required to successfully implement the innovation. Crucially this includes an understanding of the likely pitfalls and obstacles.
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New board to drive implementation of Scotland’s digital health and care strategy | British Journal of Healthcare Computing

New board to drive implementation of Scotland’s digital health and care strategy | British Journal of Healthcare Computing | Social services news | Scoop.it
Scotland's new digital health and care strategy sets out a series of commitments to improve the use of information and technology across the service...
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Social Work Services in Scotland briefing - Parliamentary Business :  Scottish Parliament

This briefing provides an overview of social work services in Scotland. It provides background information on the legislative framework underpinning social work services, the key policy themes and the organisation and funding of social work services.
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Social Work Scotland Annual Conference 2018

2018 will be the 50th anniversary of the Social Work Scotland Act –this gives us a reason to celebrate and reflect on the journey so far.  How far we have come? How many changes have we experienced and more importantly where will we go next? In considering the evolution of our profession, the theme of our conference is ‘confidence commitment collaboration’. It’s all about people: the people we are; the people we work with; and the people we support. Those people: the professionals, colleagues and individuals who need our support are both diverse and connected. Diverse: as we support people who are vulnerable because of poverty, trauma, disability, illness, age; but connected just as the lives of those we support are interwoven and indeed merge across the services we provide. Children and families; justice; mental health; substance misuse; learning disability. While there may be different professionals involved and types of support delivered, we all know that these are many of the same families and indeed individuals who, over time, travel through many of our services. The golden thread throughout the conference programme is therefore the consideration of the long term, generational and societal impact of ‘neglect’.  The increasing prevalence of poverty and neglect and recognition of the lasting and damaging impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences from early years, into early adulthood and beyond.  In tackling these challenges and, if we are honest, missed opportunities, we recognise that it will often take more than one service or profession to make the real differences in people’s lives. The conference therefore has a focus on ‘collaboration’ aimed at bringing different perspectives together to inform our thinking about the way ahead. Understanding that at a time of austerity and change across health, social care, justice and education, we need to search out and apply innovative and collective thinking which comes from our collaborations, services and sectors. And, to do this we need a workforce that is confident and committed.  We were all inspired by last year’s focus on the importance of relationships in making a real and lasting  difference to people’s lives. We will carry through the thoughts and themes from the 2017 conference and our follow up Summit in December into our summer event and really examine what we need to do to support our workforce seize opportunities in these challenging times. We hope you can join us. After all, it is the sum of all our efforts that will make that difference. Jackie Irvine, Vice President, and Jane Devine, Director of Social Work Scotland on behalf of the conference planning team
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Care Appointments | RGU academics study to show the impact of 50 years of social work

A unique new study is being proposed by academics at RGU to review the impact of its social work edu...
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Herald View: Time is running out for beleaguered health secretary

Herald View: Time is running out for beleaguered health secretary | Social services news | Scoop.it
There is no escaping the fact that yesterday was a bad day for health secretary Shona Robison....
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#TakeTheTime: Loneliness behind many of Scotland's health issues | Local News

#TakeTheTime: Loneliness behind many of Scotland's health issues | Local News | Social services news | Scoop.it
Catch the latest Local News stories and features from Clyde 1 | A health expert is warning the epidemic of loneliness is a key factor in many....
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