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New in Ethics and Social Welfare
21 December 2016

Manthorpe, J., Harris, J., Samsi, K. & Moriarty, J. (2016) 'Doing, Being and Becoming a Valued Care Worker: User and Family Carer Views', Ethics and Social Welfare, 10.1080/17496535.2016.1247904. This article derives from our Longitudinal Care Work Study.

Bulletin of the Social Work History Network
20 December 2016

The latest issue of the Bulletin was published yesterday. It is edited by Sarah Matthews of The Open University and published on the pages of the SCWRU website.

John Woolham writes on telecare for Community Care
15 December 2016

In a piece for Community Care (12 December) Senior Research Fellow at the Unit, John Woolham, introduces UTOPIA. John is Principal Investigator on the study. The final stage of the study is an online survey of all telecare lead managers in England. This survey is currently ‘live’ and all English local authorities are invited to take part

Jill Manthorpe on The Social Care Elf today
15 December 2016

On the Elf, Prof Manthorpe assesses: Rafael Sumalinog, Katy Harrington, Naheed Dosani and Stephen W Hwang (2016) 'Advance care planning, palliative care, and end-of-life care interventions for homeless people: A systematic review', Palliative Medicine, 10.1177/0269216316649334. The review identified six relevant studies in the field.

Launch of Home Care Research Forum
14 December 2016

The UK’s first Home Care Research Forum was launched at the Unit today. With media portrayals of social care in crisis hitting the headlines this Research Forum provides a unique opportunity to hear from recent and ongoing research studies of this neglected area of the UK workforce. HCRF meets four times a year at King’s College London. Dates for 2017 meetings are: 15 February; 17 May; 6 September; 22 November. Places are limited, so register early. The Forum is convened by Dr Laura Cole, Senior Research Associate at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, Policy Institute at King’s College London.

Strengths based social work and social care practice
8 December 2016

There is growing interest in strengths based social work practice. Today Jill Manthorpe led a Making Research Count workshop at London Borough of Greenwich for 14 social care staff working in fieldwork, residential services and health service settings. Jill outlined the multiple definitions of strengths based social care and participants debated their relevance to practice and the changing context of services. She pointed to the value of resources on the topic, but also the challenges of building up an evidence base.

Jo Moriarty making the case
7 December 2016

Jo Moriarty was invited to attend the launch of the 12th booklet in the Campaign for Social Science’s ‘Making the Case’ series at Portcullis House. The booklet focuses on different examples of educational research that can help policy development, ranging from understanding cultural diversity to the skills economy. The Unit’s research has featured in three of the earlier publications in this series. These are: research on disclosure and barring for working with adults at risk, mental wellbeing among people from black and minority ethnic groups and risk enablement and dementia.  

Amanda Howard on ABCD
7 December 2016

Dr Amanda Howard, Head of Discipline for Social Work at the University of Newcastle, Australia, leads a seminar at SCWRU today on Asset Based Community Development. Twelve people took part, among them practitioners, managers and third sector representatives. Presentation. Twitterpic.

Tony Holland speaks at SCWRU seminar series
6 December 2016

Twenty-nine social workers took part in a seminar led by Prof Tony Holland of the University of Cambridge. Prof Holland was examining questions of good health and autonomy, with a particular focus on people with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Presentation and other materials are available. Twitterpic.

Inequalities in receipt of mental and physical healthcare in people with dementia in the UK
6 December 2016

New in Age and Ageing: Jill Manthorpe is a co-author in an article, which concludes that: ‘people with dementia, in particular women, appear to receive less primary healthcare, but take more psychotropic medication that may negatively impact their physical health. Reducing these inequalities and improving access of people with dementia to preventative healthcare could improve the health of people with dementia.’—from the abstract. Open Access.

manthorpe & iliffe 2016 Dialectics of dementia-page-001aDialectics of dementia 
2 December 2016

Dementia should be understood more as a disability, rather than a disease, with a greater emphasis placed on supporting those who care for people with the condition, according to a new report out today by Unit Director Prof Jill Manthorpe and Steve Iliffe (UCL). Jill Manthorpe commented: 'The identity crisis of dementia means that we see it as a disease and so get focused on cure rather than care and support. There needs to be greater join-up between dementia support and social care.' See also news item at the Policy Institute at King's.

Return to Social Work
5 December 2016

Research in practice was the focus of today’s academic contribution to the Return to Social Work programme being piloted this autumn/winter. Participants debated the role of research in current practice, the resources available in local agencies, and the advantages and disadvantages of different designs and methods. This cohort of 14 participants came from across English local authorities and is looking to return to social work in a range of different settings.

Discussing Unit research on safeguarding
4 December 2016

At a safeguarding ‘masterclass’ for 30 practitioners, managers, social work educators and students, Prof Manthorpe presented the Unit’s current study, ‘Helping or Hindering’. The survey is still live for this study and two articles on its background literature review have recently been published (see project page). Held at the University of Huddersfield’s canalside campus, this presentation outlined the findings of the first phase of the study.

Earlier in the day Jill presented an overview of what works in safeguarding. The masterclass then debated the Unit’s finding from its analysis of Serious Case Reviews and pressure ulcers in the context of adult safeguarding.






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