Social Work CPD August Newsletter


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Social Work CPD August Newsletter

  1. 1. July 2013 Volume 1, Issue 3 Social Work CPD Special Interest Article and Feature: ASYE: Fitness to practice report • Concerns about practice • Good examples of great social work practice PLUS What Every Consultant Needs To Know About The College Of Social Work Also in this issue: Practice Issues CPD Training Stress management Webinar of the Month Book Review Future Training 90 Day Court Skills Programme Elevate Training and Development “Supporting the Continuing Professional Development requirements of Independent & Locum social workers” Welcome This is our third newsletter of the year for consultants and we have been told that you would rather receive them electronically and so we will not be doing paper copies. Feedback from you and candidates on problems being experienced when workers lose information or do not confirm their subscription to the website has resulted in us putting the complete training News From Elevate Fitness To Practice: Lots to talk about We are collating headline fitness to practice issues on the website, not as a negative thing but to help social workers and consultants learn from issues to do with negative behaviour. We are also attempting to include positive things about the social work role and good practice to show a balance reporting. Negative example: Social Worker Left Service User Open to Financial Abuse: The Service User had previously expressed fear of his mother, saying that she had displayed aggression on several occasions. Despite these serious concerns, it was found manual on line. It is now available on the page “How to use the website”. Consultants can also read the manual as it gives a good overview about why social workers need to do CPD and how the training will help them. It also has a webinar recording of how to log in and how the webinars take place Appraisals & Learning Log Did you know that permanent social workers in local authorities are NOW completing their Appraisals and Learning logs? Have your Candidates completed theirs? If you have not got a copy from us then they have not done it. Please remind locums to complete them and send them in to us for evidence of learning. that the Social Worker failed to visit the Service User for two years, eventually in July 2011, and did not address concerns that had been put to them. The Social Worker was dismissed by the Council, however they appealed and were reinstated. Positive example: Bravery Award For Social Worker: Barbara Doh Nani has been a Social Worker for 12 years. She has spent the last ten of those years working for Merton Borough Council on the 14+ Team. Barbara prided herself on never being late for work and always following the same, familiar route to her workplace. However, one morning in August 2012, the former nominee for Social Worker of the Year was placed in a situation she never expected to happen. The way she responded has earned her a “Bravery Recognition from the Police.” To read these articles in full and many more on negative and positive fitness to practice issues visit the website and you will find them under the category “Fitness to Practice”
  2. 2. “Good Practice is Listening to what service users and Carers say, then doing it!” Registration Fee Increase The HCPC has launched a three month consultation on proposals to increase its registration fees in 2014. In the consultation, the Council is proposing an increase in the renewal fee from £76 to £80 per year. The consultation will run from 10 July until 1 October 2013. If the proposals are adopted the changes to the fees would HCPC Update: Summary Research published in July shows that end of life care is being held back by preoccupations that do not take in account what the individual wants at the end of their life. End of Life care report was published on Tuesday 9th July 2013 by the Charity Sue Ryder, in partnership with Demos. It has blasted current procedures in end-of-life care, expressing that it inhibits personalisation and „informed choice‟. The Practice Issues: End of Life Care Development The power of deep breathing Why deep breathing? It releases tension in your body, helps you to relax and increases the oxygen flow to your brain and other vital organs and your sympathetic nervous system, which regulates your fight or flight response. How to do it Get comfortable in any Social Work Wellbeing: Stress Management Tips be effective from 1 April 2014. Existing registrants would pay the new renewal fee when their profession next renews its registration From their blog On 29 July, the HCPC launched its campaign to recruit a new Council. This rose from a government directive that all UK professional regulatory bodies for health and care create smaller, „more board like‟ governance structures. The General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Dental Council have already made this change. Over the last 7 years, HCPC has moved from a Council of 26 appointed and elected members and 13 alternate members (39 in total), to 20 appointed members. It is now moving to an appointed Council of 12 members. research addresses the fact that many people are more concerned with where their relative or loved one dies instead of what they require in terms of pain management and comfort. The research on end of life care brings with it a few important recommendations. These involve providing specialist medical care to manage pain at home and for this to be made available for the duration of the last few months of life. Emotional support needs to be increased for families, especially when their relative chooses to die at home. Also, more widespread „hospice at home‟ services should be provided to ensure everyone across the country has the same, basic options. position and put your hands on your chest and stomach. Focus on your breath until you feel your stomach rise and fall more dramatically than your chest with each inhalation and exhalation. Breathe in through your nose, hold the breath for a few seconds and then exhale through your mouth. The time it takes to exhale should be about twice what it is to inhale. (Many suggest a 4:7:8 pattern – 4 to inhale, 7 to hold, and 8 to exhale but do what feels comfortable to begin.) Let go of other thoughts while you breathe. Do 4-8 breathe cycles 1-3 times every day Stop if you feel dizzy
  3. 3. In 2009, the Social Work Task Force called for the creation of an independent and strong organisation which would represent and support the social work profession. The College of Social Work was created and set up to do this. It has the backing of government but is not a government body. The Social Work Reform board has agreed that The College of Social Work also known as TCSW should formulate the standards of capabilities for social work career progression and practice. In 2012 TCSW launched What Every Consultant Needs To Know About The College Of Social Work the PCF( Professional Capability Framework) All social workers should be working towards the PCF. The HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) require social workers to evidence their professional capabilities in reference to the PCF. The PCF is based on levels of practice and domains - NQSW/ ASYE - Social Worker - Experienced Social Worker - Advanced Practitioner - Principal Social Worker The PCF is held on TCSW website It is not a requirement for social workers to be a member of TCSW. TCSW is not a trade union TCSW also is involved in the social work degree training. Newly qualified Social Workers who undertake the ASYE (Assessed and Supported Year In Employment) must submit their completed portfolio for scrutiny to TCSW so that they can obtain the certificate from TCSW Encourage Locums to evidence their learning Discount of the Month: 60% off normal price now £414 Court Skills Intensive 90 Day Coaching Programme A whole day total immersion workshop – with fellow delegates, the social worker gets a chance to work on delivery & prepare for court and includes: • Mindset – we spend time looking at internal voices and coping mechanisms, building up resilience and social work expertise • Evidence giving – interviewing and cross examination practice • Close examination of statements and care plans • Understanding of how the legal system operates, court rules, legal language, roles & responsibilities The day will be facilitated by Team Managers in Frontline teams, a Solicitor and a Children’s Guardian and an Expert Witness Follow up repetition and embedding sessions – 3 Mentoring and coaching sessions held on a monthly basis Monthly online community Final webinar at 90 days CPD Certificate “Court Skills Intensive 90 days coaching programme” based on reflective log submission CD on court skills to use at home Attendance is by Application only please email
  4. 4. We were really pleased to have Helen Trurier undertake our webinar in July. The topic is so important we have dedicated a wellbeing page to the website. Helen has been working in the field of health and wellbeing firstly as a nurse; then as Managing Director of a health information company; and, more recently, as an award-winning speaker, trainer and author on the topics of stress and resilience. By Hope Daniels and Morag Livingstone Hackney Child is a shocking reminder of what some children are subjected to as they grow up. The scars can last a lifetime and there is no certainty they will ever heal. The best way is always to fight back. Hope Daniels has done this and displayed great courage in Book Review: Hackney Child Elevate Training and Development is a training company that offers virtual learning environments as well as face to face training. Our training to locum and independent social workers offers About Our Company Elevate Training & Development 132 Hither Green Lane London SE13 6QA PHONE: 0208 852 8881 E-MAIL: Twitter @gradle Director Gradle Gardner Martin Administrator Emman Sioco Larissa Martin Trainer/ Training Manager Sandy D‟silva children undertake in order to thrive, the powerful impact that small decisions can have on a child s life and the on- going struggles Care children face even as adults…. --Ruth Stivey, The Who Cares? Trust Quotes from reliving the events of her childhood through this manuscript. I wish her all the success in the world -- Harry Keeble, Best Selling Author of "Baby X" An insightful look into one girl s journey into the Care system in the eighties, Hope s story shows the maturity and opportunistic attitude some vulnerable She is the Author of Bounce-back Ability Developing Resilience on the Rollercoaster of life. She covered the following in her webinar Learn why stress is a killer!!! Find out if YOU are at risk from stress-related illness. Discover what stress really is - and why you need to understand it. Learn HOW to tame your personal stress monsters. - Discover how to develop your Bounce-back Ability using her proven B.O.U.N.C.E. system. This is a member‟s only webinar but let us know if you want access to it as a consultant email accessible training at a reasonable price. We are skilled and practicing social workers in the field and we are keen to support the continued profession of social work. Please contact us for a full brochure. Webinar of the Month: Resilience The Training Portal for Social Workers