The Scottish Government has issued guidance: Navigating ethical approval and access in social care research (PDF). This has been developed by a working group involving Scottish Government, ADSW and Iriss, and explores the routes for navigating social care research ethics.
Iriss's new flagship project Plan P: New approaches to prevention with older people will be running over the next 2.5 years and will focus on tackling the key issue of loneliness and isolation in older people.
We will look at the current evidence in this area and what this means for practice in health and social care, as well as produce case studies documenting effective current support and interventions.
Food for Thought is an ESRC-funded project led by Ruth Emond, Samantha Punch and Ian McIntosh of the University of Stirling. A website of resources has been launched today as part of the project, which includes food-based training, assessment and intervention tools for carers of looked after young people.
The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 goes live on the 1st April 2014 and the implementation of the National Strategy is well underway across Scotland. Pilotlight is contributing to these preparations.
We are working with co-design teams of people who use and deliver services across Scotland to design pathways to self-directed support. Using a design approach, the project is demonstrating how to implement support for seldom heard groups, provide more personalised and appropriate services and increase the marketplace of support providers.
Since 2010, the Innovation and Improvement programme has worked with several partners to develop and test innovative ways of working, as well as developing service innovations designed to improve care and support. In 2012-13 we continued to work with partners to embed the learning from these projects in practice.
'It is essential that everyone has access to the right technology and are capable and confident in its use at home and at work'
So says the Scottish Government in its aspirations for Scotland's digital future.
Dr Sarah Wilson of the University of Stirling recently completed ESRC-finded research (Young People Creating Belonging: spaces, sounds and sights) into how young people who are looked after feel that they belong, or do not belong. The two-year project explored looked after people's sense of belonging (whether positive, negative or ambivalent) in domestic and other spaces. It employed various visual and audial methods to explore these themes.
Mabel Cooper, who has died of cancer, aged 68, was a charismatic and inspirational figure in the changing world of learning disability. She had a tremendous ability to draw on personal experience to tell stories that, written or spoken, engaged and inspired her readers andlisteners in many walks of life.
Today, Iriss and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) signed a second Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue our joint commitment to continuous improvement in Scotland's health and social services. We do this via workforce development, the promotion of organisational learning culture, and evidence-based practice and policy.