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Simple but not simplistic

‘Simple but not Simplistic – Developing Evidence Enriched Practice (DEEP)’ is a collaborative action research and development project involving the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), the All Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC), the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) in Scotland and a number of social care agencies and local authorities in Wales and Scotland.

Both IRISS and ASCC have a strong focus on the use of research evidence in social care service and workforce development. In Wales, this work is being led from Swansea University, where the Developing Evidence Enriched Practice (DEEP) project was established in 2013, to develop, pilot and evaluate a distinctive Welsh approach to the ‘making research count’ agenda with a particular focus on older people’s services.

The ‘Simple but not Simplistic’ project is using a range of evidence in service and workforce development to promote and support ‘A Better Life’ for older people with high support needs, with a strong focus on bringing together, older people, carers, frontline staff, agency managers and researchers in a co-productive and appreciative process.

There are five Welsh and one Scottish site, focusing on a range of activities, including:
. Redefining ‘professional boundaries’ to support relational practice
. Developing a rights-based approach to risk management with people who are living with dementia
. Developing meaningful activities in care homes and day services
. Rethinking the provision of short breaks for carers and the people they support to better support interdependent caring relationships
. Co-production with older people, carers and people living in local neighbourhoods

For further details contact Nick Andrews –

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