The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has developed a range of open access resources and guidance which can be used by social workers to evidence continuing professional development (CPD).
We are sharing these resources to support Research in Practice Partners in recording and evidencing their CPD.
The resources aim to support social workers who want to make greater use of evidence and to inform their work. Specialist topics include responding to domestic violence and abuse, supporting autistic people, and strengths-based practice. In addition shared learning case studies feature real-world examples from practitioners.
Using NICE guidance in social work
A recent blog demonstrates how NICE resources can be used to evidence your CPD. In addition by using NICE guidance in social work you can read a range of scenarios across social work practice in families and relationship settings, mental health services, services for people with learning disabilities and services for older people. Each scenario includes suggested actions that social workers could take, and signposts to the relevant NICE guidelines and quality standards.
Several examples for principal social workers also show how children’s and adults’ principal social workers can use NICE guidelines to strengthen their leadership. This resource also covers using NICE guidelines to create positive workplaces for social workers.
NICE’s ‘quick guides’ summarise key information about social care topics in a concise and quick-to-read format. They can be used for staff training, supporting people who use social care services, and conversations with health and care professionals.
Our quick guides for social workers:
- Recognising and responding to domestic violence and abuse
- Enabling positive lives for autistic adults
- Evidence for strengths and asset-based outcomes
Podcasts and webinars
Our podcast on how social workers can evidence CPD allows you to listen to a range of leaders in social work talking about creative approaches to CPD, its importance to practice and how to evidence CPD in social work. Several other podcasts and webinars cover key topics such as domestic violence, working with autistic adults and strengths-based approaches:
- Asking about and responding to domestic violence and abuse: Hear from specialists in domestic violence and abuse and the chair of the principal children and families social worker network in this webinar. Learn how to create the right environment for disclosures, trauma-informed approaches, and the Domestic Abuse Bill.
- Enabling positive lives for autistic adults: This webinar focuses on developing good relationships with autistic adults and how the British Association of Social Workers’ related Capabilities Statement incorporates NICE guidance.
- Evidence for strengths and asset-based approaches for social workers: Learn about different models of strengths-based practice and examples of using strengths and asset-based approaches in social work practice.
Recognising and sharing best practice
Our shared learning case studies feature real-world examples from practitioners who have used NICE guidance and quality standards to change or influence their service.
Examples of shared learning case studies which relate to social work practice include:
- 'Walking in the shoes of people who experience adult social care' shows how NICE guidance on people's experience in adult social care services was used to develop a new approach to co-production.
- 'Time out Team' shares how NICE guidance on children's attachment led to an enhance level of support for children in crisis.
NICE welcomes feedback on our resources. To share feedback or to discuss your ideas for a shared learning example, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.