Adults Delivery Programme 2021-22

Our annual Delivery Programme aims to support individuals and organisations working with adults. It includes an overview of topics and resources, such as publications, workshops, webinars and more, being delivered until March 2022.

Our annual programme provides an overview of topics and resources, such as publications, workshops, webinars and more, being planned and delivered until March 2022. It aims to support individuals and organisations working with adults. We will continue to update the programme throughout the year.  

Developed in consultation with Partners from across the national Research in Practice membership network, the upcoming resources and events aim to address the needs and priorities for the adult social care sector. The adults programme will focus on: 

Resources will be released online at regular intervals to enable you to access them as soon as possible.  


Delivery Programme topics 2021-22

Applying theory and practice  

This topic aims to further support practice that is underpinned by meaningful understanding of how theory relates to practice, in the context of some specific models for understanding people’s situations.

Planned resources 

  • A refresh of the Good Assessment: Practitioners’ Handbook. 
  • A series of podcasts with Clenton Farquharson, bringing the voice of lived experience to some key practice areas. 
  • An audio learning resource bring together theory, evidence and lived experience around strengths-based working and mental health. 

Digital social care 

This topic responds to the rapid increase in non face-to-face activity in adult social care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many practitioners, adults and carers were faced with adapting to new ways of working virtually when having conversations, building relationships and providing care and support. Resources will promote reflection and practice improvement in this area, embedding learning from the experiences of the pandemic.

Planned resources 

  • A co-produced Practice Tool to support digital inclusion. 
  • A video and accompanying Practice Tool to support good virtual conversations with adults and carers. 
  • A Leaders Briefing to support leaders and managers to identify strategies for supporting practitioners and teams remotely (for children's and adults' audiences). 

Equality, diversity and inclusion 

Structural inequality and discrimination continue to exist in the UK and the resulting associated issues disproportionately impact people from a range of minoritised groups. This adult and children & families topic explores these themes and looks at the value the health and social care sector can add in leading practice that has a positive impact for people from minoritised groups. 

Planned resources 

  • workshop to support practice by exploring race related oppression, disadvantage and inequality through the prism of intersectionality.  
  • Strategic Briefing designed to support organisations challenge the barriers and structural inequalities to workers from Black, Asian and Ethnic minorities progressing in social care. 
  • A podcast exploring ideas around how organisations can support inclusion. 

Adults’ experience of domestic violence and/or abuse 

Domestic violence and/or abuse (DVA) is a widespread social problem and a feature in the lives of many people, including those in receipt of adult social care services. It has significant and long-lasting consequences for a person’s (physical and mental) health, wellbeing, social and economic participation. 

Public health measures recently implemented to control the spread of COVID-19 have exacerbated DVA and have elevated the difficulties associated with accessing help when experiencing abuse. How to identify and address DVA is a key practice consideration for everyone working in social care across a range of settings, including occupational therapy, in order to work effectively with people who are victim-survivors, as well as those who perpetrate DVA.  

A new Domestic Abuse Bill (2020) is soon to be enacted in law; with it will come a range of new measures, centring the interests of victim-survivors, and placing responsibility on perpetrators of DVA to stop their abuse. In working to respond to DVA within the context of all adult social care settings, it is crucial that victim-survivors are supported, their wishes and rights respected, and their safety increased as far as possible. Perpetrators of DVA must also be held to account and helped to address their harmful behaviour, so that outcomes are improved for victim-survivors. The upcoming resources will support people working in adult social care to meet key objectives. 

Planned resources 

  • A workshop to assist practitioners with identifying and responding to DVA within the context of their work with adults. This will focus on occupational therapy practice, but will include content transferable to other practitioners.  
  • Practice Tool to support safe and effective interventions with people who perpetrate DVA.  
  • podcast about effectively and safely working with perpetrators of DVA.  

Legal literacy 

Case law, legislation and regulation as well as government guidance provide vital frameworks for the commissioning and provision of adult social care. However, decision-making with people is often complex and as such ethical knowledge and professional judgment are also required. This involves the ability to connect relevant legal rules with professional priorities and objectives of ethical practice which has been defined as legal literacy 

This topic aims to further support the development of legal literacy across organisations and to support people to keep their knowledge up-to-date. It also aims to support adults and carers develop their understanding of the impact of the legal frameworks that direct workers across adult social care and understand the rights and responsibilities that they and organisations have.  

Planned resources 

  • workshop exploring the complexities in mental capacity assessment 
  • A webinar on the implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards with messages for strategic leaders and practitioners. 
  • A resource for adults and carers to introduce the Liberty Protections Safeguards and explain what impact the new process might have on them.  

Thinking beyond the pandemic 

COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated longstanding health and social care inequalities in the UK, including poorer outcomes affecting Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. This is against the backdrop of significant challenge to the existing health and social care system.  

For those planning, commissioning and delivering adult social care services, responding in this context to support equal access to good quality health and social care services is a challenge; however there is also significant learning from experiences during the pandemic that can inform future social care leadership and practice. Part of this will be how to work collaboratively with communities to transform the way adult social care is commissioned and delivered.  

Planned resources 

  • A Leaders’ Briefing to assist leaders to reflect on the messages offered throughout the pandemic, by illustrating factors that underpin strong leadership and how ‘crisis’ of itself can represent an opportunity to learn and innovate.  
  • A Strategic Briefing supporting leaders to explore learning from the pandemic at a systems level, looking at how to support, motivate and integrate across strategy and practice.  
  • A series of digital resources to support different elements of the implementation of the Social Work Organisational Resilience Diagnostic (SWORD). 

Responsive resources 

Throughout the year we will be responding to Partner feedback to develop resources that respond to emerging or immediate needs. 

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Topics to support individuals and organisations working with adults across social care

Each topic area includes learning such as resources, publications, workshops and more to support evidence-informed practice with adults.
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