Positive News in Health and Social care

There is a general lack of positive publicity for care homes. Care homes are also pretty poor at proactively promoting themselves and being positive about their achievements. This might be part of our British self-deprecating, stoic charm but its having an impact on the workforce.

The negativity has an impact on how staff and managers feel about their jobs. Care is not viewed as a vocation in the same way as nursing. Findings reported in the Burstow report “A vision for care fit for the twenty-first century…” revealed that some experts consulted during the Commission felt there was a degree of ‘shame’ attached to the role of care workers.

There are some wonderful exponents doing amazing work to showcase the talent and good quality, innovative care being delivered everyday. Caretalk, NHS Change Day, School for Health Care Radicals, Dementia UK, Tommy on Tour to name a few.

There is room for all of us to do so much more to share good news!

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Narrow Focus on Standards Endangers the Care Certificate

Narrow Focus on Standards Endangers the Care Certificate

As the official April launch of the Care Certificate draws near, at JoCo we are feeling prepared to deliver quality training mapped to the 15 care certificate standards.

By this we mean we have designed and updated our induction courses to reflect the 15 standards and mapped the content in our workbooks. This means that any care workers completing our training will have clear evidence on having been trained but also of understanding their role and responsibilities. All included are workbooks, CPD journal materials.

We have taken care to ensure that learning is not narrowly focussed on the standards because quality care is about SO much more! A few examples of what our training covers:

These examples really could go on…

On the face of it, guidance and toolkits might appear to suggest that a line manager’s chat/professional discussion with an employees can be sufficient to determine competence.

Do not be fooled!

It simply won’t be enough to determine competence in those first 12 weeks of employment. Lord Willis who chaired the “Shape of Caring Review” said in the Nursing Times recently, “I envisage every care worker in the future having their own ‘app’ onto which goes all their competencies which will be signed off by a person with a badge and a number”.I think before we even get to there, (let’s tackle the reality of technology in social care another day – hey?) let’s just make sure there is robust framework and training providers to support managers and ‘badged professionals’ to build a confident, skilled and empowered workforce. It is the only way to safeguard our future workforce.

We are welcoming ideas, thoughts and comments on how you plan to deliver the Care Certificate and are on hand to give advice and support. Post your questions on Twitter, Facebook or email us on info@joco.gb.net for support and info.

Dementia IS a Women’s Issue

When I read a piece by Philly Hare (JRF 2014) where she wrote, “…when I get old I’ll be more likely than my brother to have dementia…or to care for someone who does”, it certainly struck a chord with me.

Whether you consider yourself an active feminist or not it’s time to recognise that Dementia disproportionately affects women. More women have the condition, more women are family carers for someone with dementia and more women are delivering services as professionals in health and social care.

It is encouraging to see an increase in research investigating this issue and informing the best ways to support women affected by dementia. Whatever the research and statistics tell us I believe the solutions will boil down to women’s solidarity.

This International Women’s Day (Sunday 8th March) I hope we are all inspired to place dementia on our women’s solidarity priority list with the same amount of passion we have had for gender achievement for centuries.

Women need to meet the dementia challenge with a unity of interest, care, compassion and sympathy.

Women need to act with unanimity of attitude, purpose and action to support women as women.

Please share your comments, feedback and ideas with us at info@joco.gb.net on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

Newsletter – February 2015

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