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You are the future…

It might not seem like it at the moment with the snow, the pandemic and the general post-Christmas January blues, but you are the future of social care. Social care will never be the same after 2020.  I am sure that you, as well as me, have noticed lots of social care technology companies championing…

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We are here!

2021!  If you are reading this, well done, you survived the most challenging year in the world ever ever ever…  If, like so many of us, you have lost a loved one or family member, our thoughts are with you and, hopefully, 2021 will be the year when we put COVID firmly in the rear…

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2020 A look back and forwards to 2021

Thanks everyone for your comments and feedback throughout 2020.  It has been a challenging year, an interesting year and also one of learning… What did we learn? We learnt that things we thought were not possible actually were; it just needed a bit of creativity, some effort and an external driver.  Unfortunately, the driver happens…

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Safeguarding for Managers and Safeguarding Leads

Thanks for the feedback about last week’s post during Safeguarding Adults Week. As we were preparing for the previous blog post, it sparked an idea and so we wanted to use this week’s post to start a conversation.  At the end of last week’s post, we shared that we are working on a new course:…

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Safeguarding Adults

Hi everyone and thanks as always for the feedback on last week’s post during Self Care Week.  As last week was Safeguarding Adults Week, it seems natural to talk about safeguarding. First things first, safeguarding is vitally important and everyone should feel safe, no matter what their environment, so if someone says something or you…

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Self Care Week

Thanks, as always, for the feedback on recent posts.  This week is Self Care Week;  I think you’ll agree that, given the current circumstances, looking after ourselves has never been more important. So, what is Self Care and why is important? I have met thousands of care workers and managers over the years and, almost…

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Lockdown Learning – The Sequel

Back in May, we shared a post about “Lockdown Learning” where we talked about the things we had learnt as a result of external circumstances.  We talked about how we adopted the motto “we can do that” and how that positivity had spread. As we approach another lockdown, fire break or circuit break, spending on…

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Celebrate Social Care

Welcome to our new subscribers and thanks for the feedback on last week’s post.  This week I wanted to keep things short and simple following a couple of lengthy posts. I have deliberately chosen “Celebrate Social Care” because, after months of challenges and changes, the one good thing that has come out of Coronavirus is…

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Reducing Staff Turnover

Thanks as always for all the feedback on last week’s post, Competence is more important than attendance.  Whilst this is vital for all staff, how can we speed things up for new staff? The State of the Workforce report from Skills for Care (October 2020) outlines that staff turnover for Care Workers is above 38%…

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Competence is more important than attendance

Thanks as always for the feedback on previous posts and welcome to our new subscribers.  In writing the last couple of weeks’ posts, it reminded me that we have been having the same conversation around training for many years… It goes something like this: “But we must do the face-to face because the subject contains…

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