There are many very useful websites which can assist with workforce planning and development. Please find below some of those we think will be useful to you.
Social Services Knowledge Scotland Re - launched October 2010
Visit the new Social Services Knowledge Scotland(SSKS) website today to see the new features, including:
• Quick access to information such as evidence summaries and learning materials for practice - no login required!
• Save your favourite resources in your own personal Resource Space
• Share useful materials with colleagues at the click of a button
• Request books and journals not available online from the Health Management Library - creating more opportunities for you to find the information you need.
• Find communities of practice to link up with like-minded people and share resources
The learning exchange
The Learning Exchange is IRISS's digital library of learning resources for social services and social work education and training. The resources include information sheets, official publications, interactive learning resources, video clips, case studies and radio broadcasts, all of which may be used for non-commercial, educational purposes.
reSearchWeb is funded by the Scottish Government as a tool for the informed social work professional. It provides an easy to search database that gives access to:
Social Care Online
Social Care Online is the UK's most extensive free database of social care information. With everything from research briefings, to reports, government documents, journal articles, and websites and you find it all with the click of a button. Updated daily by SCIE's experienced information managers, Social Care Online offers unrivalled free access and ease of use.
NHS Scotland e-Library
The NES Knowledge Services Group provides a national strategic and policy framework, leadership, resources and tools to
widen access to knowledge and promote competence in its use, to help to improve Scotlandís health and healthcare.
E-library of Educational Provision for Long Term Conditions
The purpose of the E-library of Educational Provision for Long Term Conditions is to provide practitioners/workers with a tool to aid in their personal development planning, enabling them to find suitable training provision to help them address the growing issue of long term conditions. The database consists of individual modules that professionals can search for and take to compliment and increase their skills and knowledge in the management of long term conditions. The courses included in the database encompass a broad spectrum of topics from different types of organisations, spanning different levels and modes of learning.
The Learning Network South East is a member of the Steering Group for the South East Long Term Conditions (LCT) Project. For further infomation on the work being undertaken by this project please download the LTC Project Leaflet.
Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services(IRISS)
The mission of IRISS is to promote positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland’s social services by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce to access and make use of knowledge & research for service innovation & improvement. Click here for their web site
IRISS has developed the Evidence-informed Practice Portal (click here) and the Confidence Through Evidence Toolkit (Click Here) to support staff in finding and using evidence to inform their practice. The portal provides access to a range of key evidence sources, accessible evidence summaries to save you time and updates on new research, publications, news and events. The portal also includes the Confidence through Evidence Toolkit which provides guidance on the process of finding evidence and how staff can assess, adapt and apply it to practice.