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Named Person Bill 'strong arm tactics' criticised by MSPs

Named Person Bill 'strong arm tactics' criticised by MSPs | Social services news | Scoop.it
The Scottish Government has been accused of using "strong arm tactics” after it was revealed that officials contacted the majority of the people scheduled to give evidence at a Holyrood committee scrutinising the controversial Named Person policy.
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'This is not love': victim of coercive control says she saw red flags from start | Society | The Guardian

'This is not love': victim of coercive control says she saw red flags from start | Society | The Guardian | Social services news | Scoop.it
Natalie Curtis, 38, reported her husband to the police and says they dealt with it sensitively...
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Blood test could detect Alzheimer's over 10 years earlier – study | Society | The Guardian

Blood test could detect Alzheimer's over 10 years earlier – study | Society | The Guardian | Social services news | Scoop.it
Changes in levels of a protein might reveal onset of disease long before symptoms appear...
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Scottish Older People's Assembly | News

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SOPA NEWS 11 January 2019Older People's Framework - Have Your Say The Scottish Government are developing a new Older People’s Framework in 2019 and the Scottish Older People’s Assembly have been asked to help gather views to feed into this process. Please complete the online questionnaire and circulate to your networks of older people and older people’s organisations. Paper copies are available, contact caroline@scotopa.org.uk The deadline for survey completion is 30 January 2019. We will also be holding an engagement event entitled “Identity, Connection and Choice” on Monday 4th February 2019, 10am-3.30pm at COSLA Conference Centre, Haymarket, EH12 5BH. Places are limited and will be prioritised for SOPA members but if you are interested please register on the Eventbrite website and we will confirm availability shortly. 21 December 2018Fuel Poverty Submission SOPA submitted comments on the Scottish Government's Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill which is aimed at eradicating fuel poverty by improving the fuel efficiency of Scottish housing. We welcomed the objectives of the bill, as the unaffordable cost of heating is regularly raised by older people. However, against a background of hundreds of thousands of Scots living in fuel poverty and 35% of winter deaths being from cold and damp related lung conditions like flu and pneumonia we expressed our doubts that simply improving fuel efficiency would be an adequate solution. The Full submission is here  21 November 2018Fuel Poverty Bill SOPA's Caroline Clark, Christine Wilson and Tom Berney met the Scottish Patliament's Local Government and Communities Committee to discuss their scrutiny of the draft Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill. The bill is aimed at redefining fuel poverty and setting a strategy and target dates for insulating houses and improving the energy efficiency of homes in Scotland.  They expressed some reservations about the contents of the bill and SOPA has been invited to follow up with written comments. You can see the draft bill here and useful comments on from the Scottish Parliament's Information Centre here 01 November 2018Welcome to Caroline SOPA is very pleased to welcome our new sessional worker Caroline Clark.  After growing up in Lancashire, Caroline moved to Edinburgh to study in 1999 and has lived in the city ever since! Caroline has worked in a number of roles in local government, including seven years in the planning and commissioning of health and social care services for older people, and has recently worked on projects involving older people in the voluntary sector. She is passionate about ensuring the views of older people are used to develop services and policies, and believes that everyone should have access to the support they need to live happy and healthy lives. Caroline is excited to take on the role with SOPA and is looking forward to meeting the members.        View All Stories
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Are ‘care pensions’ the way ahead for social care?

Are ‘care pensions’ the way ahead for social care? | Social services news | Scoop.it
An insurer’s policy paper, advising the introduction of a ‘care pension’ is gaining some traction. It aims to help tackle the continuing, worsening crisis the country faces in paying for care services.
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Chronic Pain - MSPs :  Scottish Parliament

Purpose of the group The aim of the Group is to raise awareness of how those with chronic pain are treated and to work for earlier and better care.  The Group aims to raise awareness of the condition amongst parliamentarians, to influence legislation and policy makers in order to improve the lives of people affected.  Forthcoming meetings Next meeting: 24 April 2019 This meeting will be held at 6pm. Minutes Annual Return/Report Group Officers Group Members Non MSP Individuals Dorothy Grace Elder - secretary Prof Martyn Steultjens John Thomson Anne Murray Lord George Foulkes Dr Colin Rae Margaret McInnes Councillor Frank McAveety Linda Mawson Frank Mawson Pete McCarron Lesley Riddoch Michael Grieve Jim Scanlon Martha Heaney Jean Rafferty Anne Cassels Christine Martin Jacquie Forde Irene Logan Arlene Byrne Linda Tierney Fiona Robinson Geraldine McGuigan Janice Connelly John Lawrence Prof Blair Smith Dr Martin Johnson Dr Helen Jackson Dr Michael Basler Dr Mike Serpell Dr Sabu James Liz Barrie Gordon Barrie Anne Hughes Dr Pat Roche Alasdair Barron Heather Cameron Paulo Quadros Kenny Boyle  Phil Atkinson Helen McCluskey Lloyd Mawson George Welsh Catherine Hughes Ooi Thye Chong Prof Jim McEwen Bailie Josephine Docherty Maire Whitehead Dr David Weeks Bill Sinclair Claire Schiavone Laura Clark Maureen McAllister Anne Hughes Margaret Coats Tasneem Nadeem Mohammed Nadeem Akhtar Javaid Lara Grant Margaret Searle Lyssa Clayton Helen Campbell Ian Brogan Anne Simpson Margaret Wyllie Karen Hooton Dr Sheila Inglis Jim Eadie Marion Scott Irenee O’Neill John Mutch Kathleen Powderly Marian Kenny Dr Patrick Trust Dr Andreas Kelch, Nicola Mills Alan Watt Karen Neil Claire Daisley Elaine Holmes, Olive McIlroy Nancy Honeyball Rob Friel Robert Dickson Frances Boyle A Floyd, Katharine Kilgour Fiona Collins David Caulfield Rob McDowall Organisations The Health & Social Care Alliance Scotland Action on Pain UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Scotland Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow Scottish Mesh Survivors campaign Community Pharmacy Scotland Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council UK Fibromyalagia Friends Scotland FFU-Scotland (Fibromyalgia) BMA Independent Federation of Nurses in Scotland “Affa Sair” Moray campaign group Versus Arthritis, Scotland & UK Cope Scotland RCN  Grunenthal Healthcare Improvement Scotland Leuchie House chronic conditions respite centre National Osteoporosis Society NHS Ayrshire & Arran NHS GGC NHS Highland NHS Lothian NHS Tayside NHS Lanarkshire Pain Association Scotland Royal College of General Practitioners Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scottish Massage Therapists Association Intlife Scottish Neurological Society Marfan Association ASH Scotland Femme Fatigue,  Glasgow Caledonian University Equality Council
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Skype hospital appointments are coming – but don't hold your breath

Skype hospital appointments are coming – but don't hold your breath | Social services news | Scoop.it
The NHS has promised that by 2024, up to a third of hospital outpatient consultations will be undertaken by video link. This is unlikely to be realised quite so quickly.
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Mental capacity changes give care homes too much power, critics say | UK news | The Guardian

Mental capacity changes give care homes too much power, critics say | UK news | The Guardian | Social services news | Scoop.it
Charities, lawyers and Labour warn against government rushing out legislation in England and Wales...
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Specific needs for families when someone goes to prison | Publications | Parenting across Scotland

Specific needs for families when someone goes to prison | Publications | Parenting across Scotland | Social services news | Scoop.it
The impact of imprisonment on families is a hidden issue, with key professionals often unaware of it and unsure of how to support families in this situation. In order for families to be better supported, professionals need to be better informed about the impact of imprisonment on families.
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East Coast Health and Social Care Integration Forum

East Coast Health and Social Care Integration Forum | Social services news | Scoop.it
A light lunch and opportunity for networking will be provided from 12.30pm, with the session starting at 1.30pm. This forum is open to all stakeholder organisations working in and around health and social care integration.
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Research in Practice for Adults | Support the implementation of a loneliness strategy

Research in Practice for Adults | Support the implementation of a loneliness strategy | Social services news | Scoop.it
LOCATION: HOME / LATEST NEWS Support the implementation of a loneliness strategy 10 JANUARY 2019 Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) is asking for information from social care practitioners and support workers about how they identify a person who may be lonely and what interventions to prevent and reduce loneliness are effective in practice. RiPfA is working with Department of Health and Social Care to support plans for implementing the Government’s loneliness strategy. In October 2018, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport released a policy paper – A connected society: a strategy for tackling loneliness – laying the foundations for change. This strategy sets out the Government’s approach to tackling loneliness in England. To support the implementation of this strategy, RiPfA is working to identify current social work practice with adults experiencing loneliness. This includes a short questionnaire for relevant colleagues in local areas across adult social care and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Participate in the survey. Deadline 8 February. Additionally, if you have case studies and/or stories relating to loneliness and good practice, please share these with katy.shorten@ripfa.org.uk.
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Audit Scotland Review of Health and Social Care Integration

Audit Scotland Review of Health and Social Care Integration | Social services news | Scoop.it
Briefing and discussion  An opportunity for third sector organisations to actively engage with Audit Scotland on their latest progress report and recommendations on integration: Health and Social Care Integration: Update on Progress published 15th November 2018. The report says significant changes are required in the way that health and care services are delivered and that change cannot happen without meaningful engagement with staff, communities and politicians: ‘While some improvements have been made to the delivery of health and social care services, Integration Authorities, councils and NHS boards need to show a stronger commitment to collaborative working to achieve the real long term benefits of an integrated system.’ Audit Scotland is keen to strengthen its engagement with the third sector and this event builds on two VHS round tables held last year as part of Audit Scotland’s review of integration.  It will be of particular interest to service providers, community health organisations, housing associations, third sector interfaces, and organisations working with or representing users of health and care services. Claire Sweeney,  Associate Director at Audit Scotland will present the findings and recommendations, then a panel of third sector organisations will lead discussion and questions. Book your place here. VHS members £10 plus Eventbrite booking fee Non VHS members £15 plus Eventbrite booking fee   AGENDA 12.30-13:00   Networking Lunch 13:00-13:10  Introduction to the session                           Claire Stevens, Chief Executive, Voluntary Health Scotland 13:10-13:30   Findings and recommendations from the Audit Scotland review of progress in health and social care integration                          Claire Sweeney, Associate Director, Audit Scotland 13:30- 13.40  Questions 13.40 – 14:50  Third sector responses to the review, with members of the Third Sector Health and Social Care Collaborative leading the discussion: Panel members TBC. 14:50-15:00   Closing remarks and Next Steps Please get in touch with Lauren Blair  if you have any questions.
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Care homes recruitment crisis laid bare - amid warnings more will close

Care homes recruitment crisis laid bare - amid warnings more will close | Social services news | Scoop.it
NEARLY six in 10 care homes for the elderly are struggling with staff shortages according to a report which lays bare for the first time the extent…...
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Tell us what you think of the new professional frameworks – Glasgow – SSSC News

Tell us what you think of the new professional frameworks – Glasgow – SSSC News | Social services news | Scoop.it
Come along to our free engagement events, in partnership with the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser (OCSWA), to tell us what you think about the draft frameworks for practice for social care and social work. We are developing the professional frameworks for practice as part of the recommendations of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan Part 2 – a framework for improving workforce planning for social care in Scotland. At the heart of this work is making sure we have a skilled, competent and flexible workforce fit for the future who will continue to improve outcomes for the people who use services. Outcomes for the day An opportunity to see and hear about work taking place to support workforce planning in social services. A chance to find out more about the draft frameworks for social care and social work. An opportunity to help shape the frameworks by sharing your views to make sure they are fit for the future and support ongoing professionalism and career development in the sector. Who should come? This is event is for: registered and non-registered social service workers, social workers, managers, learning and development leads, practice teachers, mental health officers etc social service and social work employers from the public, private and voluntary sector, IJB Chief Officers, CSWOs, HEI/FEIs and other learning providers.  How to book To request a place at the event please email sdsandintegration@sssc.uk.com with the following information. Edinburgh, 5 February or Glasgow, 14 February. Which discussion group you want to join – social care or social work. Personal details: Name, job title, organisation, contact email and if you have any special dietary or access requirements. Places are limited so please request yours as soon as possible. We’ll confirm your place at least one week before the date of the event. Both events will run from 10.00am to 3.30pm, are free to attend and lunch will be provided.  Outline for the day  Welcome and introductions Scene setting – National Workforce Plan Introducing the frameworks for social care and social work Group discussions – social care and social work Questions from discussions Group feedback from both groups Next steps Closing statement Draft Social Care Framework Based on the national qualification framework (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) this framework will set out the range of practice-based learning routes that can support people to enhance their learning and careers in social care and across health services Draft Social Work Framework This framework will improve the structure, accessibility and provision of high quality, specialist learning for social workers. It will build on the revised Standards in Social Work Education and will include existing specialist awards and the newly qualified social worker (NQSW) standard.
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Want to tackle domestic violence? Then ensure refuges are properly funded | Jane Dudman | Society | The Guardian

Want to tackle domestic violence? Then ensure refuges are properly funded | Jane Dudman | Society | The Guardian | Social services news | Scoop.it
Domestic abuse bill won’t reverse dangerous cuts to women’s refuges and other vital local services, says Guardian public leadership editor Jane Dudman...
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Nicola Sturgeon challenged over care staff shortages in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon challenged over care staff shortages in Scotland | Social services news | Scoop.it
A lack of care staff on a Scottish island allegedly left a frail 90-year-old woman unable to get the help she needs.
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Current vacancies - Scottish Social Services Council

Current vacancies - Scottish Social Services Council | Social services news | Scoop.it
Information on working for the Scottish Social Services Council including the latest vacancies...
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The Kings Fund report

The Kings Fund report | Social services news | Scoop.it
Developing accountable care systems: lessons from Canterbury Introduction from David Meates, Chief Executive, Canterbury DHB; “The King's Fund, an acclaimed British health authority, has published a report on the Canterbury health system – Developing accountable care systems: Lessons from...
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Social Worker - Argyll and Bute Council, Dunoon

Social Worker - Argyll and Bute Council, Dunoon | Social services news | Scoop.it
Argyll and Bute Council - Department: Health and Social Care Partnership Closing Date: Friday 1st February 2019 We are looking for a qualified Social Worker who...
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Administrator

Administrator | Social services news | Scoop.it
The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (The ALLIANCE) is an independent Scottish Charity funded by a grant from the Scottish Government.  Our vision is for a Scotland where people of all ages who are disabled or living with long term conditions, and unpaid carers, have a strong voice and enjoy...
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Social Work Assistant, Adult Social Work - Argyll and Bute Council, Oban

Social Work Assistant, Adult Social Work - Argyll and Bute Council, Oban | Social services news | Scoop.it
Argyll and Bute Council - Department: Health and Social Care Partnership Closing Date: Friday 1st February 2019 An opportunity has arisen for the right person to...
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Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities at ALLIANCE Annual Conference

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities at ALLIANCE Annual Conference | Social services news | Scoop.it
The ALLIANCE’s leading national conference provides a focal point for health and social care integration in Scotland. Impact: the 3rd Health and Social Care Integration event will consider the impact integration has had over the last three years, what still needs to be done and how organisations...
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‘You can’t rehabilitate someone into society when they’re locked away’ | Saba Salman | Society | The Guardian

‘You can’t rehabilitate someone into society when they’re locked away’ | Saba Salman | Society | The Guardian | Social services news | Scoop.it
Many people with learning disabilities are stuck in secure units instead of living in the community, says social affairs journalist Saba Salman...
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VHS Discussion event: Health and Social Care Integration with Audut Scotland

VHS Discussion event: Health and Social Care Integration with Audut Scotland | Social services news | Scoop.it
Join VHS at our afternoon briefing event to discuss the latest Audit Scotland Report-Health and social care integration: update on progress.
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Why it’s worth striking the right note for people with dementia | Letters | Society | The Guardian

Why it’s worth striking the right note for people with dementia | Letters | Society | The Guardian | Social services news | Scoop.it
Letters: Pat Kirwan on the rewards of playing music for those with the condition, and Prof Martin Green and Veronica Franklin Gould on accessing creative activities...
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Events

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Decision making and consent: have your say on guidance for doctors Location: Glasgow City Date of event: 16/01/2019 at 10:30 We are hosting a joint event to consider revised guidance which explains what good practice in consent and decision making looks like. Click here to continue reading Self management of long term health conditions: Whose role is it anyway? Location: Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City Date of event: 23/01/2019 at 18.00 - 20.00 A professorial lecture delivered by Professor Kay Cooper, Professor of Allied Health Professions at RGU’s School of Health Sciences. Click here to continue reading A Screening, A Show and Some Scran Location: Glasgow City Date of event: 31/01/2019 at 17:00 - 20:00 The ALLIANCE and Sanctuary Housing Association invite you to join them for a screening of 'Resilience'. Click here to continue reading Joining up the Dots – Networking Breakfast Location: Glasgow City Date of event: 31/01/2019 at 10am - 12pm Join us as we kick of the New Year at our Networking Breakfast ‘Joining up the Dots’ on Thursday 31st January at 10am – 12pm. Click here to continue reading Rights into Reality: Human rights and community-led health conference Location: Glasgow City Date of event: 06/02/2019 CHEX (Community Health Exchange) Conference will discuss what taking a human rights approach means in practice to local organisations. Click here to continue reading Getting to Know Getting it Right for Every Child Workshop – Glasgow Location: Glasgow City Date of event: 11/02/2019 at 10:00 - 15.30 Hear the latest policy updates and access a range of resources to support the wellbeing of children and young people at this free workshop. Click here to continue reading Getting to Know Getting it Right for Every Child Workshop – Stirling Location: Clackmannanshire and Stirling Date of event: 18/02/2019 at 10:00 - 15:30 Hear the latest policy updates and access a range of resources to support the wellbeing of children and young people at this free workshop. Click here to continue reading Getting to Know Getting it Right for Every Child Workshop – Edinburgh Location: Edinburgh City Date of event: 22/02/2019 at 10:00 - 15:30 Hear the latest updates and access a range of resources to support wellbeing of children & young people at this free Edinburgh workshop. Click here to continue reading Getting to Know Getting it Right for Every Child Workshop – Aberdeenshire Location: Aberdeenshire Date of event: 25/02/2019 at 10:00 - 15:30 Hear the latest policy updates and access a range of resources to support the wellbeing of children and young people at this free workshop. Click here to continue reading Talking about tomorrow – preparing parents and carers for transition at age 16 Location: Glasgow City Date of event: 13/03/2019 at 09:30 - 16:30 Scotland’s first national conference on transitions for parents and carers of young disabled adults. Click here to continue reading Self Management Marketplace Location: Perth and Kinross Date of event: 15/03/2019 at 11.00 - 15.00 The Self Management Network Scotland are pleased to share the date of our next Self Management Marketplace event. Click here to continue reading International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare Location: Scotland wide, UK wide Date of event: 27/03/2019 - 29/03/2019 Complimentary places for people who use support and services and their families at this major event. Click here to continue reading Impact: the 3rd Health and Social Care Integration event Location: Glasgow City Date of event: 20/05/2019 at 09:30 - 16:00 The ALLIANCE Annual Conference and AGM 2019 will again focus on a theme of integration in health and social care. Click here to continue reading NHSScotland Event 2019 Location: Glasgow City Date of event: 30/05/2019 - 31/05/2019 The NHS Scotland Event is the leading health Event in Scotland. Click here to continue reading
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