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Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)

Webwatch, July 2014
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July 2014

Playlist for Life bases its work on the premise that music is for everyone and that it can be used as a powerful tool to improve the lives of people with dementia, either in the early or advanced stages. It encourages families and other caregivers to offer people with dementia a thoughtfully compiled and personal playlist of music that has been meaningful to them during their life. This is delivered on an mp3 media player device such as an iPod. Playlist for Life can be used in home and residential settings.

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June 2014

IRISS, in partnership with Coalition of Care and Support Providers (CCPS), commissioned research to understand how Scotland’s third sector care and support workforce is being affected by the welfare reforms introduced in 2012.

The report focuses on how welfare reform is affecting service demand and delivery of third sector social care and support services including: the impact on staff roles, welfare and wellbeing; and the impact on staff training needs.

Innovation is not a practice reserved for ‘the creative’ or ‘the experts’. You innovate all the time…
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June 2014

Michael Johansson art installation Tetris

Webwatch, June 2014
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June 2014

On 12 June 2014, the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) launched its Write to Recovery website at The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. The launch forms part of the organisation’s 10-year anniversary celebrations. It was a very inspiring day that featured guest speakers, Linda Gillard, an acclaimed, self-published fiction writer who spoke about the importance of writing in her recovery journey; and Robin Ross, a man who has experienced some ‘serious life challenges’ speak about how he has managed to turn his life around through writing and telling his story.

People who can seek new information, make sense of it, and share it with their colleagues will be an asset to any work team
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May 2014
IRISS Insights, No 26
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May 2014

Key Points

  • Extra care housing offers an additional housing option for older people which is particularly relevant to the Scottish policy agenda of Reshaping Care for Older People
  • Extra care provision is diverse: key elements are self-contained accommodation, support accessible 24 hours, some collective meal provision and a range of leisure and other facilities on site.
Webwatch, May 2014
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May 2014

Matter is an online community for young adult carers which has been created by Carers Trust. The Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. With its Network Partners, it aims to ensure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK.

explore the rich landscape of modern data visualisation
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May 2014

When we started our first data visualisation projects in 2009 the landscape of visualisation tools was very different and the topic itself was new to the Scottish social services sector.  Our mission then, as it is now, was to create better communication and understanding of both data visualisation and data itself - we think that’s well underway now.

A large part of the initial data visualisation strand was our bespoke online tool - LOOK. This was developed and launched in early 2010 and has been a great learning process for us and others in the sector.

Supporting the transition from hospital to home for older people across Scotland.

IRISS's Innovation and Improvement team is leading a 20-month project to redesign the pathway from hospital to home for older people across Scotland. They’re working with health and social care practitioners, older people, their families and informal carers to identify issues and improve care pathways from hospital to home and enable a more positive experience for all.

The first outputs of the project, the hopital to home pathway map, is available online now.

Question your current thinking on evidence and innovation, and reflect upon how you might use both to improve practice.
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March 2014

Weaving innovation and evidence together

two people weaving thread together, one is innovation the other is evidence