Practice

Fit for the Future: Beautiful Practice Cards

A series of blank postcards.

What can this tool be used for?

To encourage people who access support to record beautiful practice that has touched them.

How do you use it?

Give people postcards and ask them to record their experiences of beautiful practice. Explain that you want to find out more about what you do well as an organisation, so that you can do more of that in the future.

Leading change in supervision

Messages from practice

This report describes the rationale, process and learning from a project led by Iriss which explored the topic of supervision with a group of six partners from across the social services sector. The purpose of this report is to share the learning gathered through the project to provide some evidence, inspiration, and pointers for those interested in improving supervision.

Knowledge into practice

Iriss.fm, episode 92

Finding, using and sharing knowledge on social care. Michael McEwanof Able Radio talks to Dr Ann Wales about translating knowledge into practice.  Anne is Programme Director for Knowledge Management with NHS Education for Scotland (NES).  She explains the relationship between SSKS (Social Services Knowledge Scotland) and the Knowledge Network, going to talk about the Strategy and Action Plan for Embedding Knowledge in Practice in Scotland's Social Services.

The little engine that could - implementation science and art

Iriss.fm, episode 71

Dr Katharine Dill, lecturer at Queen's University Belfast and founding Executive Director of PART (Practice and Research Together) spoke at Iriss's sixth annual AGM on 27 November 2013. Her presentation was entitled, 'The little engine that could': creating, building and sustaining a Canadian-based knowledge exchange programme. This programme is known as PART (Practice and Research Together).

The little engine that could - ideas into practice

Iriss.fm, episode 70

Dr Katharine Dill, lecturer at Queen's University Belfast and founding Executive Director of PART (Practice and Research Together) spoke at Iriss's sixth annual AGM on 27 November 2013. Her presentation was entitled, 'The little engine that could': creating, building and sustaining a Canadian-based knowledge exchange programme. This programme is known as PART (Practice and Research Together).

The little engine that could - introduction

Iriss.fm, episode 69

Dr Katharine Dill, lecturer at Queen's University Belfast and founding Executive Director of PART (Practice and Research Together) spoke at Iriss's sixth annual AGM on 27 November 2013. Her presentation was entitled, 'The little engine that could': creating, building and sustaining a Canadian-based knowledge exchange programme. This programme is known as PART (Practice and Research Together). In this introductory episode, she tells us how PART came about, grew and made an impact.

Delivering integrated care and support

Report commissioned by ADSW

Document that is the second review of research evidence completed for ADSW by Professor Alison Petch from Iriss on the factors that underpin best health and social care integrated practice.

Mindfulness in practice

Iriss.fm, episode 67

In December 2013, IRISS.FM spoke to Sandra Gyaltsen, Learning and Development Officer at Dumfries and Galloway Council, and Jane Kellock, Senior Manager - Children and Early Intervention at West Lothian Council, on the subject of mindfulness and its application to social services practice.

The role of personal storytelling in practice

Insight 23

Key points

  • Storytelling influences change at individual practice as well as organisational level
  • Listening to stories facilitates better person-centred care and can lead to improved services
  • Hearing personal stories engenders greater understanding, empathy and reflection
  • Rapport, trust and care can be nurtured in practitioner-service user relationships through storytelling
  • Personal storytelling benefits the teller as it can empower, encou