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Effective assessment and Evidence Informed decision making in Adult Social Care Training

Part of BASW's Taught Skills Development Programme

This one-day session is designed to support Social Workers to effectively incorporate meaningful analysis into all levels of assessment and review processes to ensure delegates are able to articulate clear evidence- based recommendations for the individual and/or carer care and support plans. The course will provide participants with practical tips for ensuring assessments are concise and easy to follow whilst still containing the necessary depth for complex decision making and support planning within the adult social care legislative and policy frameworks such as the Care Act 2014 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Learning Methods:

This is training is delivered using an online interactive classroom approach and all delegates will be expected to take part to ensure an effective adult learning experience.

Using whiteboards and breakout rooms, a combination of learning methods will be used throughout the day, including trainer presentation and group work in the form of case studies and reflection dilemmas to support application to practice. Local templates and expectations will be embedded in the programme where required and appropriate.

Learning Outcomes: This course will provide participants with the following learning outcomes:

• A clear understanding and ability to articulate the needs of an individual, free from jargon and with a clear analysis regarding the implications of leaving the needs unmet, the options for responding to the needs, including resource implications and the how successful outcomes will be measured.

The ability to effectively analyse information gathered during the assessment or review process to make appropriate decisions and inform both case management and support planning.

• A transferable approach that can be used for a range of settings.

• The ability to articulate clearly, concisely and appropriately record information, understanding the difference between fact and opinion and being aware of bias.

• The ability to articulate the reasoning for decision-making and recommendations, including recording issues of capacity, consent and choice, available options and explain clearly and own professional judgement.

Resources Required:

All delegates will need a laptop with a functioning Microphone and Camera to allow effective participation and a strong stable internet connection. Where possible delegates should be using the Microsoft Teams Desktop App and have ensured it is fully updated. Laptops should have an up-to-date Browser such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. We will create guest accounts to our Team for all delegates and send out joining instructions. Delegates are required to join the Team at least 1 working day BEFORE the training. We host the training to ensure we can use all the features of our interactive approach.

Please note – for health and safety reasons it is not appropriate to access these courses from a mobile phone. Whilst tablets can be used; delegates will find a laptop is easier as functionality on tablets are still limited.

Programme Outline:

9.00 Log-in – Check your connection, camera & mic (the get a cuppa)

9.30 Introduction to the session and the tech

9.45 Legislative and Policy Framework / Understanding and explaining ‘Needs’ - Being outcome-focused and strengths-based - Identifying, assessing, and articulating options


11.20 Understanding facts, opinions, and professional judgement - Becoming aware of unconscious bias - Capturing the views of service users, family, and professionals

• Reflection on practice.

1.30 – LUNCH

1.15 Analysing Information - Considering capacity, consent and choice, incl: unwise decisions - Considering Risks, Strengths and Protective Factors


3.00 Articulating your analysis in assessment reports - Considering purpose and audience - Recording reflections, hypothesis, and decisions - Being concise, clear, and accessible.