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Research and Report Briefings

Welcome to the Policy Partners Project Research and Report Briefings page, which contains short summaries (usually 2 to 3 pages) of recently published research findings and other reports useful for practitioners working with adults. The idea of producing these briefings is to help you easily access key information about current topics relevant to your practice, with a link to the full published report. Briefings are sited under headings of the main relevant discipline or practice area. The most recent briefings to be added are highlighted in the blue box below.

As Policy Partners Project works with adult social care services, Safeguarding Adults Boards and private providers, our briefings cover a range of topics. Whilst they will not all be relevant to every member of staff, we hope that by providing this information in a concise manner, they will be useful to a wide audience.

Recently added: December 2018

Discipline / Practice Area – Social Care: How Technology can support High Quality Care. Information about the Care Quality Commission’s new resource.

Discipline / Practice Areas:

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Government

Health

Integrated Health and Social Care

Learning Disabilities

Mental Health

Public Protection

Safeguarding

Social Care

Society

Substance Misuse

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Proposed Amendments

This briefing, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Proposed Amendments, is a summary a House of Commons Library briefing paper, published in July 2018. It outlines current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the changes proposed in the Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill currently progressing through Parliament.

Impact on AMHP Practice and Service Delivery by The Supreme Court Judgment on Deprivation of Liberty

This briefing, The Impact on AMHP Practice and Service Delivery by The Supreme Court Judgment on Deprivation of Liberty, is a summary of the main points and recommendations in The Impact on AMHP Practice and Service Delivery by The Supreme Court Judgment on Deprivation of Liberty: P v Cheshire West and P & Q v Surrey County Council, (Lilo, E., 2015), published by The College of Social Work.

Government

This briefing, Seven Principles of Social Care: Jeremy Hunt Speech outlines the Government’s key principles ahead of the publication of the Green Paper on Social Care, which is to be published early summer 2018.

Health

Avoidable Mortality in England and Wales: 2015

This briefing, Avoidable Mortality in England and Wales: 2015, is a summary of information published by the Office of National Statistics in May 2017.

A Different Ending: Addressing Inequalities in End of Life Care

This briefing, A Different Ending: Addressing Inequalities in End of Life Care, is a summary of the CQC report published in May 20016.

Care of Dying Adults in the Last Days of Life

This briefing, Care of Dying Adults in the Last Days of Life (NICE, 2015), is a short summary of the NICE guidance which was published in December 2015.

Integrated Health and Social Care Agenda

Beyond Barriers: How older people move between health and care in England

This briefing, Beyond Barriers: How Older People move between Health and Care in England, is a summary of the full report published by the Care Quality Commission in July 2018.

High Impact Change Model: Managing Transfers of Care Between Hospital and Home

This briefing, High Impact Change Model: Managing Transfers of Care between Hospital and Home, is a summary of a report published by the Local Government Association and partners in June 2017. It is a self-assessment tool for local health and care systems.

Outcome-focused Integrated Care: Lessons from Experience

This briefing, Outcome-focused Integrated Care: Lessons from Experience, summarises some of the key points from the second report published by the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University in January 2017.

Unsafe Hospital Discharges

This briefing, A Report of Investigations into Unsafe Discharge from Hospital, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, 2016, is a summary of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, published in May 2016.

Learning Disabilities

Winterbourne View: Time is Running Out

This briefing, Winterbourne View Time is Running Out, is the executive summary of the full report from the six month independent review of the Transforming Care and Commissioning Steering Group, chaired by Sir Stephen Bubb and published by ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations), July 2015.

Mental Health

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act: Interim Report

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act Interim report – May 2018. This briefing is taken from the executive summary of the interim report, published in May 2018.

Amendments to Section 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983

This briefing, Amendments to Section 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, is a summary of the legislative changes being implemented by 31 May 2017.

Inpatients formally detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983, and patients subject to supervised community treatment: 2015/16 Statistics

This briefing, Inpatients formally detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983, and patients subject to supervised community treatment; Uses of the Mental Health Act: Annual Statistics, 2015/16 is a summary of the findings from the analysis of statistics for 2015/16. It was published by NHS Digital in November 2016.

There to help: Ensuring provision of appropriate adults for mentally vulnerable adults detained or interviewed by police

This briefing, There to help: Ensuring provision of appropriate adults for mentally vulnerable adults detained or interviewed by police, is a summary of the findings and recommendations in the full report. It was published in August 2015 by the National Appropriate Adult Network and the Institute of Criminal Policy Research, and had been commissioned by the Home Secretary to review appropriate adult provision following widespread concerns about adequacy of the provision.

In-Patient Suicide under Observation

This briefing, In-Patient Suicide under Observation, is the report summary of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness: In-patient Suicide Under Observation (University of Manchester, 2015).

Public Protection

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements 2017-18

This briefing, Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements Annual Report 2017-18, is a summary of the key findings, published by the Ministry of Justice in October 2018.

Safeguarding

Modern Slavery: A Council Guide

This briefing, Modern Slavery: A Council Guide, is a summary of the overview of the full report published by the Local Government Association and the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner in December 2017.

Making Safeguarding Personal: Supporting increased involvement of Service Users

This briefing, Making Safeguarding Personal: Supporting increased Involvement of Service Users, is the summary of the full report published by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in December 2017.

Safeguarding Adults Data – Annual Report 2015-16

This briefing, Safeguarding Adults Data Returns – Annual Report 2015-16, is a summary of the Safeguarding Adults Annual Report, England 2015-16 Experimental Statistics, published in October 2016.

Revised Care and Support Statutory Guidance 2016

This briefing, Revised Care and Support Statutory Guidance 2016, outlines the main changes in the revised guidance which was published in March 2016 by the Department of Health.

Controlling or Coercive Behaviour in an Intimate or Family Relationship: Serious Crime Act 2015

This briefing, Controlling or Coercive Behaviour in an Intimate or Family Relationship, highlights new legislation brought in by the Serious Crime Act 2015, which came into force in December 2015. It also provides a link to the Statutory Guidance Framework published by the Home Office.

Safeguarding Adults Returns

This briefing, Safeguarding Adults: Annual Report, England 2014-15 Experimental Statistics, Health & Social Care Information Centre, October 2015, is the executive summary of the full report. It summarises the key findings in relation to safeguarding adults returns data to HSCIC.

Guidance to support advocates in challenging decisions or actions with or on behalf of individuals

This briefing, Guidance to support advocates in challenging decisions or actions with or on behalf of individuals, is a summary of the full guidance published by Voiceability in August 2015. It is guidance to assist advocates in carrying out their duties under the Care Act 2014, but which may also be useful for other professionals, family and friends.

Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse

This briefing, Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse, is intended to highlight the main practice issues in adult safeguarding and domestic abuse for professionals, and so replicates the main points in the quick reference guide from Safeguarding Adults and Domestic Abuse: A Guide to Support Practitioners and Managers (Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (2015; first edition 2013).

Child Sexual Exploitation: Implications for Adult Social Care and Safeguarding Adults Boards

The issue of child sexual exploitation is not solely confined to children’s services and their partners. It has implications for the adult sector and their partners as well. Victims and survivors may need to transition from children’s to adult services, may be new referrals for care or support or become the subject of a safeguarding enquiry as a result of experiencing or being at risk of abuse.

Click here to read: Child Sexual Exploitation: Implications for Adult Social Care and Safeguarding Adults Boards, Angie Heal, Community Care, February 2015

Social Care

How Technology can support High Quality Care

This briefing is about the Care Quality Commission’s new web pages: How Technology can support High Quality Care, published in December 2018.

Adults Social Care Funding (England)

This briefing, Adult Social Care Funding (England). is a summary of a House of Commons Library Briefing, written by Hannah Cromtary and published in October 2017. It outlines the main issues affecting funding of adult social care services.

Six Steps to Managing Demand in Adult Social Care: A Performance Management Approach

This briefing is a summary of Six Steps to Managing Demand in Adult Social Care: A Performance Management Approach. It has been authored by Bolton and Provenzano, and published by the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University in March 2017.

Revised Care and Support Statutory Guidance 2016

This briefing, Revised Care and Support Statutory Guidance 2016, outlines the main changes in the revised guidance which was published in March 2016 by the Department of Health.

Social Care in Prisons and Approved Premises

This briefing, A report on the findings of the ADASS survey of social care activity in prisons and approved premises – Quarter 1 2015/16, contains the key recommendations from analysis of quarter one data in 2015-16, following the introduction of changes to social care activity in prisons and approved premises as a result of the Care Act 2014. The report has been written by Ian Anderson, an ADASS care and justice associate and was published in September 2015.

Society

Destitution in the UK 2018

This briefing, Destitution in the UK 2018, is taken from the report summary, published by the Joseph Rowntree Trust in June 2018.

Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities

This briefing, Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities, briefing highlights the Homeless Reduction Act 2017 and accompanying statutory guidance (published by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government in February 2018) which come into force on 3 April 2018.

Gypsies and Travellers

This briefing, Gypsies and Travellers, is a summary of a House of Commons Library briefing paper, written by Hannah Cromarty and published in September 2017. It focuses on policies and issues related to Gypsies and Travellers in England.

Substance Misuse

Alcohol and other Drug Use: The Roles and Capabilities of Social Workers

This briefing, Alcohol and other Drug Use: Roles and Capabilities of Social Workers, summarises new guidance issued for social workers who work with people who use drugs or alcohol problematically. It has been written by Professor Sarah Galvani of Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with the British Association of Social Workers, the College of Social Work and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and has been funded by Public Health England.