Leading change in supervision

Iriss's Leading Change in Supervision project aimed to explore the topic of supervision with six partners from across social services, and to highlight the challenges and enablers for changing supervision.

The final report and case studies, as well as an Iriss Insight - Achieving effective supervision - have been published.

Ae fond farewell - some final thoughts from Alison

Yesterday (May 26th) I organised my last event for Iriss. It focused on Achieving A Better Life for People Living with Dementia and was based in part on the DEEP project (Developing Evidence-enriched Practice) funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Case studies from this project (one from North Lanarkshire, one from Gwalia in Wales) were supplemented by inputs from Emma Miller on personal outcomes, from Ann Pascoe on three key dementia challenges, and from our own Keeping it Personal project.

Pilotlight self-directed support resources launched

Pilotlight set out to lead thinking on co-designing self-directed support for people across Scotland.

Pilotlight has co-designed four pathways to self-directed support focusing on mental health, risk, self-employment and young people in transition. The co-design teams for each pathway have included people who access support, local authorities and support providers. The project has tested and refined a model for successful power sharing, produced tools and resources, and developed solutions for the implementation of self-directed support.

The View from Here: a survey that aims to understand the experiences, attitudes and views of the Scottish social services workforce

Are demands on the social services workforce greater now than they have ever been? What are the views of practitioners about their work?

The current climate poses both challenges and opportunities. We want to better understand these challenges by finding out more from people working at all kinds of levels and in all kinds of roles about the real experience of delivering care and support.

The View from Here: Analysis

Iriss wants to better understand practitioners' experiences of delivering care and support in Scotland and part of The View from Here project will be to undertake a survey in partnership with the Guardian to reach a broad audience across Scotland. This survey will be available later in April.

UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum 2015

The 2nd Annual UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum is being held on 13th-14th April 2015 at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. It will provide a space for knowledge producers, knowledge brokers and knowledge users to come together to learn from each other, sharing good (and bad) practice about improving what they do and help maximise the impact of all types of knowledge in practice.

Alison Petch will give a plenary talk about Iriss, exploring ways in which its approach has evolved and how this may or may not relate to theories of knowledge mobilisation.

The Art of the Possible

Pilotlight is a partner in an event - Capacity Building: The Art of the Possible - organised by Providers and Personalisation to share learning around self-directed support.

In 2012, the Scottish Government Self-directed Support team funded projects aimed at building provider capacity to deliver more personalised support. As this round of projects come to a close they are getting together to share what they have learned about what has worked (and what hasn't.)

Hospital to Home gets animated

a frame from the animation

Since July 2013, Iriss's Innovation and Improvement team has been leading a project to design a care pathway to support the transition from hospital to home for older people.

The first stage of this project (July 2013-April 2014) involved gathering reflections from practitioners based nationally in Scotland on what the pathway looks like for them and the associated problems. This information was collated into a visual pathway map.