Our Publications

Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on the new National Health and Social Care Standards

The Scottish Government recently undertook a public consultation to seek view on the new National Health and Social Care Standards. You can view our full response to the consultation here – MHL Response to National Care Standards Consultation

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report

You may wish to dip into the care home enquiry by John Kennedy who works for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Trust. This report is based on experience and listening to folk at the frontline and it flies the flag for relationship centred practice:

Previous Research

Exploring the experiences of staff, residents and families in care homes to support the design of new care homes in West Dumbarton (2014). For full report click on this link Report West Dunbartonshire

Dewar, B. (2014) Key note address. Creating Connections through Caring Conversations. Queens Nursing Institute Annual Conference.

Enhancing dignity through caring conversations funded by Queens Nursing Institute for Scotland and Burdett trust for Nursing – developed an educational resource which helps staff to use appreciative inquiry to enhance caring conversations within care homes.
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This report discusses an appreciative inquiry project into enhancing dignity through caring conversations funded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute and the Burdett Trust for Nursing. The aim was to celebrate and develop excellent human interaction that promotes dignity between community nurses, residents and families in care homes.  This was done through co- designing, implementing and evaluating an educational intervention with and for people in a care home setting.

Final Report for Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland by Professor Belinda Dewar and Tamsin MacBride, University of West of Scotland

Sharp C, Kennedy J, McKenzie I, and Dewar B (2013) Caring to Ask: how to embed caring conversations into practice across North east Glasgow http://library.nhsggc.org.uk/mediaAssets/CHP%20Glasgow/Caring%20to%20Ask%20-%20%20ISP%20FINAL%20report%20Dec%202013.pdf

A JRF report on what is needed to support quality of life in care homes.
JRF Report on Care Home Quality of Life
JRF report on care-home-quality-of-life-summary

JRF report on Commissioning relationship centred care in Essex: an evaluation (2012). This reports explores how local authority commissioners can work with the care home sector to ensure older people consistently receive high-quality, relationship-centred care.
Care in Essex Evaluation

A report on supporting community visiting in Essex care homes (2014). The report describes and evaluates the volunteer community visiting scheme. The role of the volunteer community visitor was to visit a care home every week, to befriend residents, become critical friends of the care home and witness the evolving culture of the care home.
Community Visiting – Summary

My Home Life: Quality of Life in Care Homes: a review of the Literature (2007) Help the Aged by The National Care Homes Research and Development Forum.
MHL QofL in Care Homes – Lit Review

A summary of the literature that underpins the My Home Life programme. http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/guides/guide15/files/myhomelife-summary.pdf

McGill and Brockbank (2004) The Action Learning Handbook. Routledge

Regal Care implementation of the Assured Compliance solution, with a focus on quality and leadership programmes, enables the organisation to be financially sound and fit for purpose to address the needs of high-dependency dementia residents.

Regal Case Study June 2013