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SSRG Scotland: Modernising Goverment & E-Care: 17 December 2002

Business Centre, Council Chambers, Edinburgh EH1 1YH

This day seminar considered the impact of a major Government policy initiative – Modernising Goverment – on public services in general, and on social work and health services in particular, including:

  • the aims of the Modernising Government initiative
  • its significance for operational practices within and between publicservices
  • experiences in local initiatives in Scotland and England
    the role of informationtechnology
  • ethical issues relating to data exchange
  • an overview assessment of past progress and possible future developments

Speakers included:

  • Stephen Gallagher, Joint Future Unit, Scottish Executive
  • Alan Fleming, Stirling Council
  • Dave Simpson, Forth Valley Health Board
  • Robert Forman, North Lanarkshire Council
  • Stewart McDonald, NHS Lanarkshire Primary Care Trust
  • Brian Hamilton, Stockton Borough Council/Department of Health ‘Informationfor Social Care’ Project
  • Peter Ashe, Joint Future Unit, Scottish Executive

SSRG Scotland: Joint Future Progress and Good Practice: 12 November

Old Viewforth, Stirling

Part of a series of five seminars being organised by Social Services Research Group – Scotland during November to Spring 2003. The series considers major issues in social and health care. The Joint Future initiative presents a real challenge to agencies that provide services to vulnerable adults in Scotland and has been the subject of much debate.  The seminar gave delegates the opportunity to hear of progress, good practice and ways that the various aspects of the initiative might be evaluated.

Details of Presentations

London Forum for Quality Assurance in Social Services: 27 September

London Forum for Quality Assurance in Social Services, 9.30 AM – 1.00 PM

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), 1st Floor, Goldings House, 2 Hay’s Lane, London, SE1 2HB

  • Part 1 – Relaunch of London branch of the Social Services Research Group(SSRG). Speaker to be announced – details to follow.
  • Part 2 – Programme for 2002 and Steering group – Members are asked tobring along ideas for topics for meetings in 2002 and also volunteers are sought to form a Steering group to coordinate organising the meetings.
  • Part 3 – Open Forum – discussion of new developments in our departmentsand organisations including how the new Star Rating system and CPA are affecting social care in London.

For more information contact Dugald Millar, Quality Standards Manager, Hillingdon SSD, Civic Centre 2S/08, Uxbridge UB8 1UW

01895 277261 or e-mail

SEARIG & SSRG Conference. Bringing Health & Social Services professionals together: 12 July 2002

Developing best practice and shared experience from across the South.

Southampton Institute Conference Centre, Southampton SEARIG (South East Authorities Research & Information Group) is a partnership of 13 regional Social Services Authorities. This year’s conference focuses on ‘Improving Joint Working Partnerships’ with Health and other agencies.

Details of Presentations

  • PCTs – Miracles or Monsters
    Professor Paul Waddington, Faculty of Health & Community Care, BirminghamUniversity
  • Use of financial flexibility in integration
    Ruth Marshall, Health & Social Care Joint Unit
  • Development of a multi-agency service for children with severe learningdisabilities Donna Chapman, Chris Burch & Hilary Corrick, Southampton PCT, Southampton Education & Social Services
  • Jointly Funded Orthopaedic Unit Business Plan
    Jay Stickland, Southampton Social Services
  • The Brighton & Hove IntermediateCare Experience Annie Hampson, Maureen Hitching & Annette Turner, Brighton & Hove Social Services
  • The Havant Joint Children & Family Therapy Team
    Mary Bracken, Hampshire Social Services
  • Integrated Working in Older Persons Teams (Wordfile) Matt Fossey, Central Brighton CMHT
  • The Development of local strategic partnerships & community strategies
    Sue Ballack & Karin Jonzon, University of Brighton, Care Equation UK
  • The Division between Nursing & Social Care
    Shelia Kesby, Gregory Research Interlink of Canterbury
  • The West Sussex Generic Care Worker Project
    Sally Skipper, West Sussex Social Services
  • The Development of a Joint Disability Register (Word file) Donna Chapman, Chris Burch & Hilary Corrick, Southampton PCT, Southampton Education and Social Services

Modernising Health and Social Care: Partnerships, Performance and the Pursuit of Excellence 22 April 2002

Stanford Hall, University of Leicester

The development and maintenance of partnerships between councils and health services and between academics and practitioners is seen as an essential part of the government’s reform of public services. In the ‘pursuit of excellence’ we have also seen the introduction of performance frameworks, ‘best value’ and more rigorous audit and inspection regimes. NICE and SCIE have also been established to promote evidence-based practice and to ensure that professionals carry out their work to the highest standards. This workshop examined the extent to which such partnership, performance and practice initiatives are making a difference in the way that services are being planned, managed, delivered and evaluated.

Details of Presentations – Monday

Details of Presentations – Tuesday

Programme and booking form also available in word format:

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Research and Development in Social care: Governance and Good Practice: 25th

Jan 2002

Banqueting Suite, the Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham

The Department of Health is now consulting on how to implement the Research Governance Framework within social care. Initially, the focus will be on governance arrangements for research ethics, and there will be a baseline assessment of organisations active in social care research. An implementation plan is expected to be published in December 2002. This workshop will consider key themes in research governance. There will be presentations by stakeholders in central and local government, academia and the independent sector. It will also look at how some authorities are applying research governance within social care or more broadly across the authority in order to embrace the ‘consultation’ element of ‘Best Value’. In doing so the ‘Four Cs’ of ethical inquiry – competence, consent, confidentiality and conduct – will be addressed.

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