Guest Blog from @asifamhp I have been an AMHP now for a number of years. The job has changed, the organisations that I work with have been restructured several times. The politicians have come gone. Through it all the cases keep coming. AMHPs inhabit a twilight zone in the gap between the NHS and Social Care. We fill the gap […]
Hold the front page
There is a scene at the end of Mary Poppins where the Banks Family go to fly kites together. It is a joyous scene, celebrating a family with a renewed identity, purpose and open to possibilities about many exciting futures. But it’s also really quite sad as it marks the moment where Mary Poppins realises […]
Rip it up and start again
This week is Dementia Awareness Week – the theme this year is: Remember the Person. Weaknesses in the ability of people and/or their carers to hold so called ‘system’ leaders into account for upholding their rights is a stubbornly persistent issue in health and social care. We seem to have an endless supply of shocking evidence […]
It’s more complicated than that….
Monday 18th April 2016 marks to the start of a campaign on the part of families who have a member of their family in an Assessment and Treatment Unit (ATU) – see http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/AIMS-LD%20Standards%20-%20Second%20Edition.pdf for the standards that define an ATU. 3,000 people. Members of 3,000 families who love them. As commissioners and social workers, in […]
The 5 Principles of the MCA are well applied by social workers because they chime with our professional values. The Principles instruct us to be anti-discriminatory, to enable self-determination and to respect non-conformity. And that’s just the first three Principles! Social workers everywhere apply them to gain consent before every bit of intervention. That the […]
Why MCA? (because CRPD?)
In the darkness you can find a light, if you look for one. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which came into force in 2008, could be a light to illuminate social work with adults. Upholding and further expanding the principles enshrined within the Human Rights Act (1998) and the Mental Capacity Act […]
National Adult PSW Network National Mental Capacity Action Day – 15 March 2016 National Mental Capacity Action Day aim is to increase awareness of the Mental Capacity Act and to highlight good MCA practice. Click the link to find out more National Mental Capacity Action Day – 15th March 2016 The purpose of the Action […]
Looking back on the chaos last year, as hospital after hospital declared major incidents, this year all is quiet, almost eerily so. Have things really improved, or is it that: The weather has been mild so far…. Tolerances are more flexible following changes to how Trusts are financially penalised for waiting times in A&E New ‘guidelines’ […]
The Social Work profession should embrace the #AMCP role – human rights are the essence of social work.