Voice, choice and control: how registered nurses, care and support staff in the care sector can support people to achieve these aims

Department of Health, November 2015

This document provides guidance on how registered nurses, care and support staff can enable relationship-centred care, and how they can work with others to achieve personalised care and support.

The guidance is for staff across a range of care settings, including care home staff and carers who look after people in their own homes.

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Cold weather plan for England

Public Health England, October 2015

The cold weather plan gives advice to help prevent the major avoidable effects on health during periods of cold weather in England.

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Assessing the health of people who are homeless

The Queen’s Nursing Institute, October 2015

The Queen’s Nursing Institute have produced guidance for community nurses to help them assess the health of homeless people.

The resource features a template health assessment including general physical health, presence of long term conditions, substance use, mental health, sexual health and housing. It also incorporates template care plans for use by nurses and patients.

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Care and communication between health professionals and patients affected by severe or chronic illness in community care settings: a qualitative study of care at the end of life

National Institute for Health Research, August 2015

Advance care planning (ACP) enables patients to consider, discuss and, if they wish, document their wishes and preferences for future care, including decisions to refuse treatment, in the event that they lose capacity to make decisions for themselves. This study aimed to investigate how patients, their relatives and health professionals initiate and experience discussion of ACP and the outcomes of advance discussions in shaping care at the end of life.

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Sustainability, innovation and empowerment: a five year vision for the independent social care sector

Care England, June 2015

Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care providers, has published a report on the state of social care warning of a collapse in the system if providers and commissioners do not work together and more nurses are not recruited into the independent sector. It states that the next five years will be crucial in ensuring that the care and support services that many people rely on remain sustainable.

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Tips for social workers on implementing the Care Act for deafblind people

Community Care, 8 January 2015

The most important date in social care this year will be the 1st April. This is when the Care Act comes in to force and it’s vital that local authorities and practitioners are ready for the changes this will bring.

For deafblind people, including the large numbers of older people with sight and hearing loss, the Act will bring welcome changes that will improve their experience of social care. Making sure the Act is implemented correctly however, is key to its success…

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