Adults Delivery Programme 2020-21

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 2021.

Our annual programme of events and resources, aimed at supporting individuals and organisations working with adults includes an overview of topics and resources, such as publications, workshops, webinars and more, being delivered until March 2021.

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 sector. The adults programme will focus on:

This year’s programme will also include the release of resources to support legal literacy across organisations. This ongoing Change Project has explored the barriers and enablers to legal literacy in order to create resources to support this area of practice. The upcoming Ageing well: Evidence Review will also explore some of the most significant issues currently facing the adult social care sector. 

During 2020/21, resources will be released online at regular intervals to enable you to access and use them as soon as they are ready. 


Delivery Programme topics 2020-21

Lived experience 

Involving the voice of lived experience is essential in social care practice and policy. In practice areas such as assessment, understanding the views of people who may lack capacity to communicate or people who may have barriers to participation is key to ensure we are meeting their needs as best we can.

It is also vital that decision-makers listen to and learn from people with experience of services. This topic will consider how the perspectives of people with lived experience can be included in service design to ensure we are truly meeting the needs of the people we serve.

Planned resources

For practitioners we will be developing a briefing on supporting families to hear the voice of lived experience. This will consider people who are transitioning (e.g. from Children’s to Adult Services or people living with dementia and deciding on accommodation options in older age), and how we can support their families to understand their views and encourage self-efficacy.

We delivered a webinar to complement our briefing on autism inclusive practice, looking at how we can better engage with and understand the views of autistic people and their families.

A knowledge exchange event to share expertise from the sector about how reduce barriers to communication and engagement for people, is being delivered twice with each delivery consisting of of five online 1hr 15min sessions. This focuses on supporting people who may lack capacity, but also considers complex needs and circumstances that may can mean current services can be difficult to engage with.

The Strategic Briefing on effective co-production has been updated to bring the latest messages from research on how we include the perspectives of people with lived experience in service design and delivery, there is also an accompanying blog

Later in the programme we will be developing a brief guide on ‘involving people’ for practitioners to use alongside the people they support and their carers. This will provide accessible guidance on the importance of lived experience and where there are opportunities for people to have their voices heard and understood in assessment and care and support planning.

Mental capacity, risk and human rights

Human rights are at the heart of adult social care practice and working with risk, particularly where there are questions of capacity, can be complex. Resources in this topic are designed to support practitioners, leaders and wider organisations to take a human rights approach in complex areas of work and keep up-to-date with changes in the legislative context.

The introduction of the incoming Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) is changing the way in which adults and young people aged 16-17, who may be deprived of their liberty, are supported. Social care practitioners and leaders will be supported to feel confident in their understanding of the LPS and its application to practice.

Planned resources

There is a resource to support practitioners and leaders working with young people aged 16-17 around Deprivations of Liberty (DoL) that examines recent case law which has widened the parameters of when a DoL is considered to be occurring. To support implementation of the incoming Liberty Protection Safeguards there will be resources to support people with lived experience, practitioners and leaders to plan for and understand what the changes will mean in practice.

There will be a webinar for practitioners and managers exploring the complex interactions between risk, mental capacity and human rights. A Strategic Briefing will support organisations to develop and support risk enablement approaches. There will be a Leaders Briefing sharing key messages about leading adult social care through crisis. A Practice Guide will support practitioners to understand when inherent jurisdiction might apply and what best practice in supporting people with this process looks like. The self-neglect Practice Tool will be updated and a webinar will look at the research and practice developments in this area.

Practice development

Practice development is a continual process that everyone working across adult social care is responsible for. It covers the development of specific practice knowledge and skills, as well support for reflection on values and ethics.  

Planned resources

An online training bundle aimed at supervisors will cover coaching in adult social care. A specific briefing to support occupational therapy within a social care context will bring together existing evidence, legislation and practice wisdom and how this can be applied effectively in practice. In addition a new Frontline Briefing will cover how to embed human rights in care and support assessments. 

Social care practitioners are working with a diverse range of people and roles, there will be a workshop to support reflection on this in the context of power and difference – supporting practitioners and managers to be aware of their place within relationships with people and teams and develop confidence.

For a strategic audience there will be a briefing to support the development of professional curiosity in safeguarding. 

Strength-based working

Strength-based working is a major policy direction nationally and locally across adult social care. Understanding the evidence behind different approaches, reflecting on the values that sit behind them, and developing the skills for making it real in practice are all supported through the resources in this topic. Embedding these approaches both within organisations and in direct practice is fundamental to ensuring a genuine shift towards strength-based working.

Planned resources

For practitioners a video and accompanying Practice Tool will provide insight into what a good strength based conversations could look like from the perspective of people with lived experience. A Brief Guide will also support practitioners in communicating how a strength-based conversation might feel different for a person with care and support needs.

For a strategic audience the will be a series of ‘knowledge exchange’ resources to support shared learning about how strength-based culture and leadership has been supported and embedded throughout and across organisations.

Legal Literacy: Change Project

Partners across Research in Practice have led the Legal Literacy Change Project with Suzy Braye and Michael Preston-Shoot. This project has explored the barriers and enablers to legal literacy in order to create resources to support this area of practice. The project has resulted in a suite of resources that support legal literacy across organisations. 

The resources will outline what legal literacy is and why it is important. They also set out the responsibilities leaders, supervisors and practitioners have in developing legal literacy. The resources include:

  • A Legal Literacy Supervision Work Plan designed to support supervisors to bring legal literacy into supervision through providing a set of activities for supervisors and supervisees.
  • A Creating a Legally Literate Organisation Plan designed to support senior leaders to create a legally literate environment that supports the development of legally literate practice across organisations.

The resources are in their final stage of development and will be available soon.

Ageing well: Evidence Review

The upcoming Evidence Review will explore some of the most significant issues currently facing the adult social care sector as it seeks to adapt to shifts in societal, cultural, and technological norms, while identifying the impact and significance of these upon the care and support needs of a ‘new’ generation of older people.

The current generation of people on the threshold of later life are the post-war ‘baby boomers’. A demographic typically characterised by higher levels of education, greater technological proficiency, longer working lives, and fewer or no children. Readers are invited to reconceptualise the ways in which adult social care operates today, and in the future, in order to meet the emergent and diversifying needs of this generation of older people.