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‘Hundreds of social workers left in limbo’: BASW and unions urge action on fitness to practise delays

Community Care

Hundreds of social workers in England are being “left in limbo”, often unable to work, because of long and increasing delays in fitness to practise (FTP) cases. That was the warning from the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Social Workers Union (SWU) and UNISON in a joint statement yesterday setting out their “significant concerns” about Social Work England’s operation of the FTP system.

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Social care nursing at the heart of International Nurses Day 2024

Social Care

"[As] a profession, [we are] proud to celebrate our cultural diversity and the wealth of unique perspectives, experiences and innovations our global majority nurses bring to our practice." [Image created by freepik.com ] Pride and recognition I’ve been in this profession for decades, but only in recent years has the wider world begun to realise the full range, experience and contribution social care nursing colleagues bring to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

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Still Moving: Eating Disorders And Movement For Mental Health

MQ Mental Health

Content warning: This blog references eating disorders and suicide For Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, the theme is 'Movement for Mental Health'. For many, that might translate to exercise, which is one interpretation of the theme. For those with eating disorders, movement or exercise holds some challenges. Whereas every May we are introduced to a different theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, every January, we are exposed to the invariable theme of countless adverts about fitness plans, c

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How to Manage Anxiety and Depression in Patients with Serious Illness

CAPC

A leading psychiatrist shares how to identify and address anxiety and depression in people living with serious illness, and when to refer to a specialist.

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5 Must Haves for Case Management

Thousands of nonprofits rely on case management software to help collect data, manage programs, coordinate with agencies, and provide life-changing health and human services. Adopting a cloud-based case management platform is essential for nonprofits and government agencies to operate more efficiently and make better use of their funding and budget.

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Get up to speed with the DfE’s children’s social care reforms

Community Care

The government’s Stable Homes, Built on Love strategy is the biggest reform programme for children’s social care in many years. It is designed to ensure that many more children are supported to stay with their families or, with kinship carers; that those at risk are much better protected than is currently the case, and that those who do need to go into care receive a much better experience and, as a result, better life chances than now.

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Could staring into space and depression be connected?

Blurt It Out

We’ve all found ourselves staring into space from time to time. Perhaps it’s because we’re bored, or we are lost in thought, with our minds elsewhere. Or if this happens regularly, we have been told that we are distracted and ‘away with the fairies.’ Before long, something pulls us back into the present moment and we continue our day without much thought of being elsewhere for a few moments.

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DWP’s unchecked database leaves tens of thousands of carers at risk of debt

The Guardian

About 50% of earnings ‘alerts’ for carer’s allowance overpayments not looked at by staff, figures reveal • Will DWP act on carer’s allowance scandal? Tens of thousands of unpaid carers are at risk of debt and criminal prosecution because their cases are lying unchecked on a government “alert” database of people being overpaid benefits, according to new figures.

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Social workers from 22 bodies to develop resources to cut workloads

Community Care

Social workers and managers from 22 organisations are to help develop and test resources designed to cut workloads among children’s practitioners. They will work with the Department for Education (DfE) appointed national workload action group (NWAG) to identify and quality assure solutions to ‘unnecessary’ drivers of workload. The work of the review, testing and implementation network (RTIN), which comprises 21 councils and one children’s trust (see below), will cover are

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72 Mental Health Quotes (#15)

Bipolar Bandit

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Challenge Yourself: Moving For Mental Health

MQ Mental Health

This Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, the theme is 'Movement For Mental Health'. Movement sometimes can be challenging. Life can be challenging enough at the best of times, so why is it good for us to set ourselves even more challenging goals? MQ's staff member Juliette Burton explains why setting yourself a challenge can be good for you. Each February I take part in the London Winter Run Series where I run 10k and raise money for charity.

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Get Connected: Using Social Media for Social Work Success

Speaker: Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW.

You may have the clinical skills to manage a private practice, but your success could actually hinge on marketing skills. For a thriving practice, you need to differentiate yourself from others and present yourself in a way that attracts referrals. These days, much of that happens online, including on social media. In this webinar, Gary Direnfeld will discuss how social media marketing can help you build your private practice and grow your client base.

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What Is and Is Not a Psychological Treatment?

Society of Clinical Psychology

The Society of Clinical Psychology maintains a list of empirically supported treatments (ESTs), using a set of requirements colloquially referred to as the “Tolin criteria” (Tolin et al., 2015). Under this practice, independent researchers may submit systematic reviews of treatments for consideration as an EST. As submissions have been coming in, a question was raised about whether all of these treatments should be considered psychological and therefore eligible for inclusion.

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DHSC launches £16m fund to tackle exploitation of overseas care staff

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The government has launched a £16m fund to tackle the exploitation of overseas adult social care staff. The resource is an extension of the international recruitment fund for the adult social care sector, issued last year to help councils and providers increase the employment of overseas staff.

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The Power of Lurking

Living Sober

Lurkers who hang around online recovery communities like ours are incredibly brave individuals who are driven to better themselves while also being mindful of self-protection.

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What Makes a Person Suicidal?

Nnatasha Tracy

I've thought about what makes a person suicidal many times. Mostly, that's because I've been both actively and passively suicidal for prolonged periods of my life. It's hell, and I hate it. There are both general and specific things that make a person suicidal. Knowledge of these factors, along with ways to protect from suicidality, can help.

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Spending cuts are often false economies that end up costing society dearly | Torsten Bell

The Guardian

New research has found that every pound saved in closing police stations costs the rest of us £3 Every government looks to save money. Sometimes, it’s a priority to reduce spending, as with post-2010 austerity. Even when overall spending is rising, politicians may reduce spending in one area to make progress on a priority elsewhere. Doing things more efficiently is always a good idea.

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Responding to Nature’s Call for Change: A statement on the role of social work in the context of catastrophic weather traumatising communities around the world

International Federation of Social Workers

Over the last days we have witnessed devastating floods in many countries around the world.

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Sober Story: Janette

Living Sober

"I was in denial. I did not realise that I was very sick, I could not see how this disease was destroying me, my family and my loved ones.

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New Dementia Guide Provides Best Standards of Care

CAPC

The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), and Aliviado Health partner to release the NHPI Dementia Care Resources Provider Guide.

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Understanding which mental health professional is right for you

Lawson Psychology

Understanding which mental health professional is right for you It can be really confronting trying to find the right person when it comes to your mental health treatment. There are so many different disciplines, qualifications, and roles under the ‘mental health’ umbrella. There are many things to consider when differentiating the various roles, including the levels of education, experience, continued professional development, supervision needs and whether they are regulated and/or

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MQ named one of the best places to work by The Sunday Times

MQ Mental Health

The Sunday Times, powered by WorkL, has revealed the Best Places to Work in the UK for 2024, and has included MQ Mental Health Research in the small organisations category. This nationwide workplace survey honours and celebrates Britain's top employers - which number over 500 organisations across industries and sizes - and acknowledges the best workplaces for women, LGBTQIA+ community, disabled employees, ethnic minorities, younger and older workers, and wellbeing.

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Carer’s allowance scandal is not going away – but will DWP reform happen?

The Guardian

After the Guardian exposé there is pressure on ministers to save people from a system described as ‘setting carers up for a fall’ • DWP’s unchecked database leaves tens of thousands at risk of debt It has been a month since the Guardian revealed the shocking scale of the carer’s allowance overpayments scandal, and the misery and despair it has inflicted on tens of thousands of unpaid carers.

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Three Key Messages to Share with Clients in Honor of National Women’s Health Week

NASW Foundation

National Women’s Health Week starts each year on Mother’s Day to encourage women to make their health a priority. This message is especially important given that women’s drinking has increased.

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The "Sameness" of Intimate Partners

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Some forms of couple therapy have emphasized the importance of helping couples differentiate–helping them see each other as two separate individuals, instead of succumbing to a type of “twinning” where only alikeness is tolerated. There are certainly benefits to helping couples resist the draw to substitute being alike for being close. However, ignoring the nonconscious “sameness” of intimate partners is also missing an opportunity to make use of the right-brain natural attraction of similars

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24th ICSD Biennial Conference

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Autonomous) and the International Consortium for Social Development are thrilled to announce the 24th ICSD Biennial Conference, themed “Innovations in Social Work and Social Development: Uniting Communities across the Globe for Sustainable Change,” on January 8-10, 2025. They are pleased to invite you to join us in celebrating the 50th year of ICSD and the 25th DYUTI annual conference (hosted by the Rajagiri School of Social Work), which will merge with the

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Coroner issues warning over year-round ambulance delays in England

The Guardian

Wiltshire coroner writes to health secretary after inquest of man who died after waiting more than 5 hours for ambulance A senior coroner has issued an official warning about the “significant disruption” being caused to ambulance services as vehicles wait for hours to transfer patients into hospital, highlighting that the problem now happens all year round rather than only in winter.

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In Pursuit of Ethically Sustainable Approaches to International Nurse Recruitment

Health & Social Care Workforce

Prof Ian Kessler of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce is Professor of Public Policy and Management at King’s Business School.

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The "Sameness" of Intimate Partners

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Some forms of couple therapy have emphasized the importance of helping couples differentiate–helping them see each other as two separate individuals, instead of succumbing to a type of “twinning” where only alikeness is tolerated. There are certainly benefits to helping couples resist the draw to substitute being alike for being close. However, ignoring the nonconscious “sameness” of intimate partners is also missing an opportunity to make use of the right-brain natural attraction of similars

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Self-Care A-Z: Self-Care Is Elemental

The New Social Worker

Self-care interacts with and must be integrated into every aspect of life. As such, it’s linked to the five basic elements of nature: fire, water, earth, air, and space.

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Children in danger as NSW child protection reaches crisis point, striking caseworkers say

The Guardian

Public-sector workers call for pay rise, 500 additional staff and the de-privatising of out-of-home care Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast New South Wales child protection workers have warned that some of the state’s most vulnerable children are being neglected or put at risk of being removed from their families because resourcing problems in the sector have reached crisis point.

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Accessing Support in the Perinatal Period

Prosper Health Collective

It can be extremely common for women to experience a wide range of emotions during pregnancy and the post-partum period, whether this be excitement, joy, anxiety, overwhelm, doubt and sadness. The transition to motherhood brings about significant changes to a woman’s life including physical changes, hormonal changes, and lifestyle changes. This stage can bring about changes not only to a woman’s sense of identity but to her relationships.

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Three Key Messages to Share with Clients in Honor of National Women’s Health Week

Social Work Blog

National Women’s Health Week starts each year on Mother’s Day to encourage women to make their health a priority. This message is especially important given that women’s drinking has increased substantially over the last two decades. Though men still drink more overall than women do, gender gaps in drinking have narrowed, and in some cases, women are now drinking more than men in the same age group.