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Under the radar: General practitioners' experiences of directly employed care workers for older people
30 March 2020 

Now in hard copy. Jo Moriarty and Jill Manthorpe co-author in this article lead-authored by Jane Wilcock (UCL) in Health and Social Care in the Community. The paper concludes that such care workers ‘are well placed to monitor older people's health, provide continuity of care and undertake certain healthcare tasks. GPs envisaged such workers as potentially valuable assets in community‐based care for an ageing population. They called for skills training for this workforce and the development of protocols for delegation of health tasks and safeguarding of vulnerable older people. Older people employing care workers and those advising or supporting them should address communications with health providers in employment contracts and job descriptions.’—from the abstract. 

An Examination of Support and Development Mechanisms for Newly Qualified Social Workers Across the UK: Implications for Australian Social Work 
29 March 2020 

Now in hard copy. Jill Manthorpe and Mary Baginsky co-author this article in Practice, lead-authored by Bernadette Moorhead (Charles Sturt University). ‘Using a document analysis method, the different mechanisms in place across the UK indicate the potential value of exploring these countries’ systems to inform debate within the Australian Association on the possible creation of national standards.’—from the abstract. 

New Orleans intervention model: implementing the model and its randomised controlled trial in a London borough 
27 March 2020 

Mary Baginsky et al. have a new article in the Journal of Children’s Services: ‘At a time when there is an increasing demand for evidence on effective interventions this paper makes a valuable contribution to the development of RCTs in general and specifically in the family court arena. It also recommends that attention must also be paid to the time, which is needed to implement and establish interventions and then to test them.’—from the abstract. 

New article on living with dementia 
25 March 2020 

Jill Manthorpe is co-author of the article (in Dementia) by Tuijt et al.: ‘Exploring how triads of people living with dementia, carers and health care professionals function in dementia health care: A systematic qualitative review and thematic synthesis’. ‘Six themes emerged related to the functioning of a dementia care triad: (1) involving the person living with dementia, (2) establishing expectations of care and the roles of the members of the triad, (3) building trust, (4) effective communication, (5) continuity of care and (6) understanding the unique relationship dynamics within each triad.’—from the abstract. 

New LGA briefing draws on Unit work in safeguarding and homelessness 
23 March 2020 

Authored by Michael Preston-Shoot, the Local Government Association briefing refers to our work on Safeguarding Adults Reviews where homelessness was a factor, which has been downloaded over 700 times from King’s.

Timely Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia Care 
19 March 2020 

Jill Manthorpe and Esme Moniz-Cook edit this new book that examines the psychosocial aspects of the entire course and trajectory of dementia care. The book has a strong focus on evidence-based practice, and covers home, community, care home and hospital contexts, as well as information on support for families and carers of people with dementia. 

New in Social Policy and Society: People with criminal records in care work 
16 March 2020 

From Caroline Norrie, Stephanie Bramley and Jill Manthorpe: ‘Meeting Multiple Policy Imperatives: Encouraging and Discouraging People with Criminal Records to Work as Care Workers in Social Care: A Scoping Review.’ The article presents and discusses the policy implications of a scoping review conducted in 2019 to explore evidence of current practice in employing people with criminal records as care workers in social care and the potential to recruit new staff from this group.

Celebrating World Social Work Day
16 March 2020

At the former Aylesbury Day Centre, now the Southwark Resource Centre, London Borough of Southwark social workers invited Jill Manthorpe to provide a celebratory address on strengths based social work. Jill noted that since the NIHR Applied Research Collaborative's social care theme was focusing this year on day centres this was a very timely meeting. The Aylesbury Day Centre was well known across Southwark for its actitivies and was also the home for a number of powerful voluntary groups. World Social Work Day is on 17 March. Jill's presentation.

Women’s health at DHSC 
13 March 2020 

A group of leading academics were invited to contribute to an expert evidence meeting at the Dept of Health and Social Care on the subject of women’s health. Jill Manthorpe contributed to the discussion about the relationship between health and care, mentioning in particular the need for a focus on incontinence as a condition that has huge impact on the lives of many women and their families. 

International Women’s Day 
11 March 2020 

Jill Manthorpe joined women’s groups stakeholders at the Department of Health and Social Care this morning to discuss women’s health as a follow up to International Women’s Day. The meeting was chaired by Minister Jo Churchill Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health who took the place of her colleague Nadine Dorries who was unable to attend. Jill had supplied a Unit briefing paper to the Department to help inform discussions, particularly about the impact of long-term conditions on their ability to continue working. 

Unit Director at NIHR Strategy Board 
11 March 2020 

The National Institute for Health Research’s Strategy Board met today in Windsor for the first part of its two-day meeting. While public health responses to the current virus situation were to the fore, the meeting also discussed social care research. Unit Director Jill Manthorpe is the social care representative on the Board.

Our twelfth Annual Joint Conference held at King's
10 March 2020

Nearly 60 people gathered at King’s College London on 10 March for HSCWRU’s 12th Annual Joint Conference with Age UK London, one of the last HSCWRU events before the coronavirus forced us to postpone a busy spring season. The Older People’s Health & Social Care Conference was chaired by Professor Jill Manthorpe, with a joint welcome by Dr Tony Burch from Age UK London. Presentations included an update on research on ‘Personalisation in Care Homes’ from Stefanie Ettelt and Lorraine Williams from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; insights into ‘Nonverbal communication and quality of life for people with dementia’ from Zunera Khan from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London; a joint presentation of learning from the ‘Compassionate Neighbours scheme’ from Dan Robotham from the McPin Foundation and Carly Attridge from St Joseph’s Hospice; an evaluation of using Erikson’s Lifestage model when providing mental health care to ‘Older adults living with depression’ from Katie Arundel, Social Worker at Haringey Council; and an exploration of whether ‘Mental health practitioners support older people to make advance decisions about ECT’ from Rebecca Webster, Older Adults Mental Health Social Worker at Waltham Forest Council. Presentations are available on the event website. The thirteenth Annual Joint Conference in this series is scheduled for March 2021.

Unit researchers invited to advise on new approaches in dementia care 
2 March 2020 

Professor Esme Moniz-Cook and colleagues from University of Hull have been developing a Best Practice toolkit to support health and care workers with Behaviours that Challenge in dementia care. They hosted a consultation exercise in London on 2 March to discuss any issues with the toolkit and finalise the design of it. Three members of HSCWRU were invited to this Reference Group: Dr Laura Cole, Dr Caroline Green and Dr Kritika Samsi. This Reference Group meeting was hosted at the British Psychological Society and the toolkit is aiming to be completed and published in summer 2020.

 
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