Care improvement works

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), May 2015

A free online resource aimed at care providers has been launched which provides support in driving up standards. Care Improvement Works, developed in partnership with Skills for Care and support from the Think Local Act Personal consortium, maps a range of products to the Care Quality Commission’s inspection questions and ‘key lines of enquiry’. People who use services, and carers, can use the resource to question the quality of care they receive.

Click here to access the resource.

The HELPER programme: HEalthy Living and Prevention of Early Relapse – three exploratory randomised controlled trials of phase-specific interventions in first-episode psychosis.

Marshall M, Barrowclough C, Drake R, Husain N, Lobban F, Lovell K, Wearden A, Bradshaw T, Day C, Fitzsimmons M, Pedley R, Piccuci R, Picken A, Larkin W, Tomenson B, Warburton J, Gregg L.

Programme Grants for Applied Research; Vol. 3, No. 2.

Schizophrenia represents a substantial cost to the NHS and society because it is common (lifetime prevalence around 0.5–1%); it begins in adolescence or early adulthood and often causes lifelong impairment. The first 3 years are a ‘critical period’ in which the course of the illness is determined. Hence under the NHS Plan, specialist early intervention in psychosis services were established to care for people who develop psychosis between the ages of 14 and 35 years for the first 3 years of their illness. However, there has been a lack of evidence-based treatments specifically designed for the early years. This is important because emerging evidence has shown that in the critical period it is vital to avoid relapse and prevent deterioration in physical health, as both can drastically reduce the chances of a full recovery….

Congratulations to Prof Max Marshall, Mike Fitzsimmons and Warren Larkin of LCFT on the publication of this new research.

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Identifying and managing common childhood language and speech impairments

BMJ, 14 May 2015

The aim of this clinical review is to summarise the current information on language and speech impairments to help general practitioners, universal well child services, and paediatricians to identify the most common problems, understand their clinical course, decide when to refer and for what services, and understand what improvements can be expected.

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Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage

Lankelly Chase Foundation, April 2015

This study seeks to provide a statistical profile of a key manifestation of ‘severe and multiple disadvantage’ (SMD) in England.  The report aims to address the fragmentation of data concerning people with complex and multiple disadvantage and so create the clearest quantitative picture possible of the reality of people’s lives. By establishing the extent to which different systems that people come into contact with overlap, the report aims to stimulate thought and action on whether single issue systems and services are any longer the most effective response.

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Dementia and people with learning disabilities

Royal College of Psychiatrists, April 2015

The main purpose of the guidance is to enable those working in clinical and social care services to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities who develop dementia, by providing guidance to inform assessment, diagnosis, interventions and support. The guidance is aimed at clinicians in intellectual disabilities and older peoples’ mental health services and services for younger people with dementia. The decision about which services provide which part of the care pathway is a local decision to be taken by commissioners and providers, but ensuring that all elements of this guidance are considered and in place for people with intellectual disabilities and dementia.

Click here for more information and to download the guidance.

Psychoeducation (brief) for people with serious mental illness

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, April 2015

This systematic review aims to assess the efficacy of brief psychoeducational interventions as a means of helping severely mentally ill people when added to ‘standard’ care, compared with the efficacy of standard care alone.

As a secondary objective the review aims to investigate whether there is evidence that a particular kind (individual/ family/group) of brief psychoeducational intervention is superior to others.

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