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Daisy Bogg is a qualified and HCPC-registered social worker who has worked within mental health and addiction services for over 20 years, for the NHS, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations. *** Report writing is a key skill for social work and one in which many practitioners receive little formal training or preparation. Fully revised and updated, the new edition of this handy pocketbook for social workers provides key advice for busy practitioners to help them to write clear, professional and well-structured reports. This includes practical advice, hints and tips to improve your report writing and ensure you adhere to best practice in your written communications. Social workers will find this guide invaluable for creating high-quality reports for a range of common situations. This useful book includes: * A range of report templates for a variety of situations, practice contexts and service user groups * Examples of good practice in report writing and common pitfalls to avoid * Examples of legal policy and assessment situations * Checklists of content and style requirements for various report types * Examples of best practice and common pitfalls, including links to the law to make your decisions evidence-based and authoritative * Checklists and decision-making flow charts to simplify what can prove a complex area Written by an experienced practitioner, this practical guide is not only suitable for newly-qualified social workers but also their more experienced colleagues that would like to develop and hone their writing skills. Students of social work will also find this an essential resource for their practice education and beyond. *** *This book forms part of a series of pocketbooks for social workers. These compact guides are written in an accessible and to-the-point style to help the busy practitioner locate the information they need as and when they need it-all bound up in A5 and under! The pocketbooks explore key practical skills involved in such areas as mental capacity, report writing and assessment.* 'This book, in my opinion, is a must for experienced and newly qualified social workers alike. The author offers a solid platform for social workers to work from by offering initial theory before identifying professional responsibility, distinguishing fact from opinion, aiding the reader to construct the purpose and goal of the report before confidently leading to an evidenced based conclusion. The book is filled with practical hints, tips and best practice points. It advises on potential pitfalls, offers a wide range of templates to ensure key areas are covered and goes as far as directing the reader on grammar and even spell-checking! The book is a practical and valuable resource.' Martin Gilbert, Learning & Development Lead in Mental Health, Birmingham City Council, UK
The social work profession is in a state of flux and it is now more important than ever that social workers take responsibility for their own professional development needs. Fully updated to reflect the current social work landscape, including the Knowledge and Skills statements, Evidencing CPD provides a comprehensive guide to support social workers to create and develop their own portfolio and focus on critical reflection as a learning tool for CPD activities. By developing a professional portfolio all the elements of the changing environment can be brought into a single place so that individual practice lies at the heart of service improvement. This book helps social workers to work through the process, providing hints, tips and guidance on constructing a portfolio in line with the PCF. It also helps guide critical reflection so they can learn from their own practice. This best-selling publication is packed with examples and exercises to support personal portfolio development and is mapped to the different levels of social work progression.
Packed with handy hints and good practice, this pocketbook illustrates how personalised social care can be funded in the Age of Austerity. In the context of dwindling public finances, social workers can apply creative approaches to eligibility criteria to help ensure an individual's recovery from a mental health problem is appropriately supported. Martin Webber, Anniversary Reader, University of York, UKPart of the new Social Work Pocketbooks series, this handy book is a guide to applying social care eligibility criteria within a personalised approach. It includes a range of useful practice suggestions and guidance to help social workers think about how they can apply eligibility to psychosocial issues and needs, to ensure individuals are able to access appropriate support options. The book: Describes legal frameworks for assessment and service deliveryExamines specific elements of eligibility criteria Provides practice suggestions and checklistsExplores the interface between fair access to care services and NHS CHC criteriaUses case study examples throughout This pocketbook will help you to ensure that applications for funding individuals are well constructed. The book includes advice on assessing and supporting individuals with complex needs such as mental health, substance misuse or learning disability.
This book draws on both the historical context and contemporary research evidence to present the roles of the Mental Health Social Worker, the Approved Mental Health Professional and Best Interest Assessor, within an ethical framework. Codes of practice and statutory legal requirements, such as the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and the Human Rights Act, are all considered and linked to a competency-based approach that will assist both those in training and those in practice to understand the dilemmas, complexities and conflicts that are evident in the practice environment.
The integration of services has been NHS policy for a number of years, but how successfully has it been achieved? This book explores the issues from a social care perspective and examines changes in practice so far, particularly progress towards the overall aim of improving the experience of the service user and achieving 'seamless services'. The clash between medically-driven and socially-driven approaches has long been discussed and the book considers whether these two approaches have now been reconciled, or whether the reality of modern service provision continues to create a range of power struggles and demoralization among the professional groups.