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Practice development

The DEEP team are currently supporting five areas of policy and practice development across Wales, four of which are in line with existing Social Care Wales development programmes. Details can be found under the following links:

  • Personal outcomes focused practice and recording.
  • Care and support at home (homecare and micro-enterprises).
  • Community resilience and place-based working.
  • Dementia care.
  • Remodelling respite care.

We will also endeavour to support other development work within the capacity our small team. If you are working on a different area of development, you can contact us about this. If we cannot help, then we might know someone who can.


Short Breaks (in partnership with CADR) – a four UK nations group focused on improvements to respite services for carers and the people they support


Small is Beautiful – a growing network of community-based organisations with a focus on community capacity building and associated research

Relationships, kindness and well-being – a three UK nations emerging collaboration around relational ways of working that challenge overly bureaucratic and process focused policy, practice, learning and development.

The transformation imperative for social care services in Wales

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, set out a transformative vision and legislative framework for social care in Wales. This requires a radical rethink about ways of working to achieve well-being outcomes for the citizens of Wales.  Whilst the sector is rising to this challenge, it is impacted by budget constraints at a time of increasing demand and expectations. The COVID-19 pandemic is accentuating these constraints and challenges. This is compounded by serious challenges regarding workforce recruitment and retention and worries about the sustainability of ‘bread and butter’ services such as care homes and homecare. Never has there been a more important time for robust evidence to inform and support social care. The DEEP programme has already contributed to this. For example:

  • Strengthening and motivating the workforce – our Magic Moments activities
  • Supporting integration with health and co-production – using our dialogue-learning techniques, e.g. Community of Enquiry