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Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy

In 2015 the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy 2015-2020 was launched.

This work is being led by the Health and Social Care Board’s Director of Social Care and Children and reflects the commitment shown by the social work leadership in Northern Ireland at Departmental, Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Trust level who requested and supported its development.

The strategy supports the promotion of a culture of evidence informed practice, quality, service and user outcomes and the delivery of research, evaluation and audit across services.

Since 2013 there have been a number of documents developed to support the final production of the strategy.

The purpose of this webpage is to make all relevant documents and papers readily available in one location for ease of access, and to keep you informed about new developments.

View or download the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy 2015-2020 or Summary

NameDescriptionDate
Social Work Research And Continuous Improvement StrategyIn pursuit of excellence in evidence informed practice in Northern Ireland.
Supporting the profession and improving outcomes.
7th October 2015
Social Work Research And Continuous Improvement Strategy SummarySummary Document.7th October 2015

If you need a paper copy or if you want to discuss any aspect of the strategy email swresearchsistrategy@hscni.net 

The Equality and Human Rights screening document is available to view or download from the Business Services Organisation (BSO) website.


Scoping Exercise – Research and Evidence Activity

A scoping exercise was conducted in 2017 to establish what research and evidence activity was taking place the feedback and summary reports are available to view or download here:

NameDescriptionDate
Feedback From Scoping Exercise 21.12.20175th January 2018
Social Work Research Continuous Improvement 215th January 2018

Gaining Initial Support for Social Work Research, Evaluation and Audit Activity

During 2018-2019 a consultation inclusive of relevant stakeholders was undertaken to discuss the Protocol and associated Application Form for securing initial agreement and support for the conduct of social work and social care research activity in two or more Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland. The outcome was a more streamlined approach for gaining  initial support for the conduct of social work research related activity from Executive Directors of Social Work.

Initial requests are to be submitted through this process. To avoid any delays in the process before you make any application to your local Governance Offices in Trusts or to the Research and Development Division (PHA) for support you need to have completed this application. Download the protocol and application form below:

NameDescriptionDate
Application to secure initial support for the conduct of Social Work Research 201919th April 2016
Feedback From Consultation Exercise26th July 2019
Protocol for initial support for Social Work and Social Care 201919th April 2016

Evidence Reviews

NameDescriptionDate
Effectiveness of short breaks on families where there are children with disabilities - A Systematic Review of the EvidencePrepared for the Health and Social Care Board on behalf of the Social Work and Social Care Research Advisory Group. This call for evidence was designed with the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy (2015-2020) in mind. The purpose of the research strategy is to increase the quantity and quality of research and evidence, relevant to Northern Ireland, to inform policy, commissioning and practice. The review of evidence was undertaken by Dr Helga Sneddon25th June 2018
Summary review of effectiveness of short breaks on familiies where there are chldren with disabilities A Systematic Review Of The EvidencePrepared for the Health and Social Care Board on behalf of the Social Work and Social Care Research Advisory Group. This call for evidence was designed with the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy (2015-2020) in mind. The purpose of the research strategy is to increase the quantity and quality of research and evidence, relevant to Northern Ireland, to inform policy, commissioning and practice.The review of evidence was undertaken by Dr Helga Sneddon25th June 2018

Forthcoming Conference

Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference 2020 – 11 March 2020

Download the leaflet and Call for Abstracts.

NameDescriptionDate
Call For Abstracts Research Conference 11th March 202030th August 2019
Flyer Research Conference 11th March 202030th August 2019

Conference Event Reports

Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference 2019

NameDescriptionDate
6th Annual Social Work And Social Research Conference SummarySixth Annual Social Work and Social Research Conference
Wednesday 6th March 2019
“Building research to evaluate complex interventions in social work and social care – a consideration of methodological issues”
Summary of the day’s event.
22nd March 2019
Conference Programme 2019 Pdf22nd March 2019
Presentation Room 01 - Programme Outline AMDr John Canavan, Dr Carmel Devaney and Professor Caroline McGregor
National University Galway
Building Prevention, Early Intervention and Family Support in Child Protection and Welfare Systems: The Evaluation Story.
14th March 2019
Presentation Room 01 - Programme Outline PMPaul Webb and Peer Group - Perspectives on Co-Production / Supported Decision Making / Experiences, Approaches and Preferences14th March 2019
Presentations For Room 01 Chichester - AMRoom 1 – Chichester – AM - Chaired by Brian Taylor, Ulster University.

  • Resilience in approved social workers in NI - Danielle McIlroy.

  • Playing for Real: towards higher fidelity simulation in preparation for practice learning - Dr Lorna Montgomery, Dr Paul Murphy, Prof Gavin Davidson, Dr Joe Duffy.

  • Supporting Psychological Adjustment and Placement Stability for Care Experienced Children: A Narrative Model Approach - Ms Lynda McGill Team Manager TT-LAAC, NHSCT; Mr David Hamilton Principal Social Worker for Therapeutic Services and Family Centres, SEHSCT.

14th March 2019
Presentations For Room 01 Chichester - PMRoom 1 - Chichester (PM) - Chaired by Paul McConville, Department of Health.

  • What works best when completing pre-birth risk assessment? Jane Hindes, Social Services Development Team, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

  • Playing for Real: towards higher fidelity simulation in preparation for practice learning - Dr Lorna Montgomery, Dr Paul Murphy, Prof Gavin Davidson, Dr Joe Duffy.

  • Disability Action: the DRILL Programme - Fiona McMahon, Disability Action.

14th March 2019
Presentations For Room 02 Deerpark - AMRoom 2 - Deerpark (AM) Chaired by Pauline Leeson, Children in Northern Ireland

  • An Evaluation of Social Work in Involving Patients with Dementia in Decisions Related to Hospital Discharge - Robyn Lennox, Senior Social Work Practitioner, Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

  • Staff experiences and perceptions of assessing individuals with a dual sensory loss and learning disability - Elizabeth Tanner, Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

  • Problem Solving Justice - Gillian Montgomery Assistant Director, PBNI.

14th March 2019
Presentations For Room 02 Deerpark - PMRoom 2 - Deerpark - (PM) Chaired by Caroline McGonigle Northern Health and Social Care Trust

  • Think Family Social Work Assessment Pilot Outcomes Based Approach to Evaluation - Mary Donaghy, Health and Social Care Board; Paula Monaghan, Western Health and Social Care Trust.

  • Staff experiences and perceptions of assessing individuals with a dual sensory loss and learning disability - Elizabeth Tanner, Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

  • Time for action on perinatal mental health care in Northern Ireland: The perspectives of health visitors and midwives - Caroline Cunningham, Susan Galloway, Mary Duggan, Shona Hamilton.

14th March 2019
Presentations For Room 03 Ashley - AMRoom 3 - Ashley (AM) Chaired by Peter Reynolds, Northern Ireland Guardian ad Litem

  • Risk factors for self-harm: Narratives from a sample of young people in NI - Elaine Pollock, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

  • A study of Health and Social Care professionals' family focused practice with parents who have mental illness, their children and families in NI - Anne Grant, Susan Lagdon, John Devaney, Gavin Davidson, Joe Duffy, Oliver Perra, Karen Galway, Gerry Leavey, Aisling Monds-Watson.

  • Effective interventions with families, for adolescents at risk of entering state care: A systematic narrative review - Laura Doyle

14th March 2019
Presentations For Room 03 Ashley - PMRoom 3 – Ashley (PM) Chaired by Janice Bailie, R & D Division, Public Health Agency.

  • All Ireland student social work survey - Phase One Results, December 2018: Preliminary Data - Dr Paula McFadden, Ulster University in collaboration with colleagues in QUB, Trinity, UCD, NUI Galway and UCC.

  • Yoga for Youth: an evaluation of the effectiveness of trauma-informed yoga for young people - (YouTube) Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

  • Capacity building and co-creation of knowledge in developing a parenting capacity assessment tool - Mandi Macdonald, Helen Dunn, Donna Dugan, Lorna Montgomery.

22nd March 2019
Presentations For Room 04 Fisherwick - AMRoom 4 – Fisherwick (AM) Chaired by Michaela Glover, Health and Social Care Board.

  • Exploring risk and rights in the context of personal education planning: An exploratory study regarding the effectiveness and experiences of personal educational plans for children in care in NI - Patricia Nicholl, Third year Doctorate in Childhood Studies QUB.

  • Does a Practice Learning Opportunity increase a Student Social Workers Emotional Intelligence? - Robby Nelson, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, Senior Social Worker – Training and Development.

  • Cluster randomised controlled trial of ‘Keeping Safe’ – a ‘whole school’ child abuse prevention programme in primary schools in Northern Ireland: Evidence after 1 year of implementation - Mc Elearney, A., Adamson, G., Murphy, C., Stephenson, P. and Monaghan, M.

14th March 2019
Presentations For Room 04 Fisherwick - PMRoom 4 – Fisherwick (PM) Chaired by Maxine Gibson, Health and Social Care Board.

  • Changing Identities: Does service user and practitioner training in co-production enable service improvement within Health and Social Care?  - Sonia Patton

  • Protecting Communities No Matter Where You Live - Elizabeth Craig, Scott Fleming Mentor: Caroline McGonigle.

  • Identifying the trauma of maltreated children: supporting front line staff to use a screening tool - Dr Colm Walsh, QUB.

14th March 2019

Working in collaboration with the HSC Research and Development Division, we have hosted six major conference events that brought together a range of stakeholders.

NameDescriptionDate
2018 Research Conference Outcomes Report13th April 2018
Intervening to strengthen families and communities to keep people safe - Fourth Annual Social Work and Social Care Conference March 201729th March 2017
Bridging The Gap Conference Outcomes Report February 201623rd May 2016
Research in Social Work and Socail Care A Way Forward? Sharing Outcomes From Research Conference 6 February 201424th August 2015
Social Work Research Conference Outcomes Report 201530th March 2015

Bridging the Gap Conference 2016 Videos


Videos

Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy Videos


Newsletters

NameDescriptionDate
Issue 9 May 20199th May 2019
Issue 8 - August 201830th July 2018
Issue 7 June 201821st June 2018
Issue 6 January 201812th January 2018
Issue 5 June 20177th July 2017
Issue 4 December 201518th December 2015
Issue 3 August 201524th August 2015
Issue 2 December 201424th August 2015
Issue 1 July 201424th August 2015

Further Information

NameDescriptionDate
Social Work Reseach And Continuous Improvement Strategy Communication Plan2nd December 2015
Social Work Research Strategy Workshop Feedback 3 June 201524th August 2015
Social Work Research Guidance Leaflet1st May 2015
Regional Workload Management Framework23rd January 2015

Key Contact

If you wish to speak to someone in relation to the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy please contact –

Anne McGlade
Tel: 028 9536 3017
Email: anne.mcglade@hscni.net


Useful Links

Health and Social Care Research and Development

Department of Health – Social Work Strategy