News

Can we pick your brain?

Image by Mark Bonica (Flickr)

As valued stakeholders of Iriss, we would really appreciate your insight and advice as we plan our work for 2018/19.

To help ensure our work plan responds to the needs and priorities of the workforce, we want to know more about your current priority areas and key issues.

Are there gaps in skills, knowledge, evidence and tools that you would you like to see filled? How might we help with that? To help us understand your priorities, we invite you to answer three questions.

Launch of Evidence Search and Summary Service

ESS Service

Need support to find and use evidence to inform practice? 

Today, we launch ESSS, our free evidence search and summary service. ESSS will help you find and use evidence from research, practice and experience to inform service improvement and continuous learning.

The service is led by our Knowledge Manager, Lauren Smith, who will be happy to support you with your enquiry.

Find out more.

Updated social media guidance

Social media

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has recently updated its social media guidance for the workforce. It's great to see and is welcomed by Iriss given that we've been promoting the use of social media for learning and development purposes.

In a recent Third Force news article, Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive at SSSC speaks of the benefits:

Self Management Week 2017

Self Management

As part of Self Management Week 2017 (2-6 October) a cross-sector group of information and library service staff will be coming together to promote the various ways in which people living with long term conditions can access information to support their health and wellbeing.

Celebrating community social work

Community social work
Do you know of a good example of community social work? If so, we'd love to hear from you – or colleagues you know. We want to celebrate community social work in Scotland, showcasing what it is and can offer in 2017 and beyond.

Outcomes & CO. Tell us what you think

Outcomes tool

Have you used our Outcomes & CO tool?

We’d love to hear what you thought of the tool, how it was (or will be) used and any other feedback you’d like to share.

Your feedback will inform further developments and will help us understand the difference the tool is making. 

Those who complete the survey will be entered into a draw for a free, tailored workshop on the tool. 

Complete the survey.

The Right Decision

Right Decision

We're looking forward to launching our new Evidence Search and Summary Service in the coming weeks.

As part of The Right Decision campaign - which aims to raise awareness of the role of the NHS librarian in providing the right evidence, at the right time, to support decision-making in health and social care - two WebEx (online presentations) are being held.  

Both WebEx presentations will bring sector staff up to speed with the specialist librarian services available. They will cover:

Celebrating Social Services Awards

Social Services Awards

Held in June at Crieff Hydro, the Social Services Awards 2017 celebrated the breadth of inspiring and life-changing work carried out by the sector. From the 155 organisations, teams and individuals who entered, to the final ten winners, everyone has made a valuable contribution.

The awards were jointly compered by the Minister for Childcare and Early Years and Scottish Broadcaster, Sally Magnusson.

Some video footage from the ceremony and a slideshow of pictures from the event has been made available.