Well we know from Matt Hancock that he is heading off to
sunny Suffolk with a handful of reading materials to gen up on the world of
social care (and health). So – it would seem to be apt for us to reflect on
what should be secreted away in every good social care colleagues luggage – so
here is a quick peak inside my suitcase…..
First stop will have to be the Local Government Association
contribution to the debate about the delayed Green Paper ‘The lives we want to
lead’. This came out to a flurry of news and commentary, hot on the
heels of announcements relating to Northampton
County Council decision to issue a 114 notice, and much of the
reporting focussed on the clear demand for short term funding. However, the
paper itself looks much longer term, and is strongly located in a localised,
person centred, asset based vision of care provision in the future.
Indeed, I imagine that some of the paper drew it’s
inspiration from some of the future focused thinkers who can be found writing
for Social Care Future Blogs. I have
really enjoyed this series of blogs, and will love the opportunity to dig
deeper into them for inspiration.
For more stimulation connected to how transformation can and
has happened within existing systems and structures, I will be looking to the
excellent resources of the Kings Fund, and picking through their face to face
interviews with those who have tackled transformation head on. Their recent
Change in Health and Social Care gives insight into four approaches to
transformation in localities, acute, homecare and mental health.
Skills for Care critical benchmark report on the Size
and Structure of the Adult Social Care Sector and Workforce in England will be part of my essential reads. This is particularly pertinent as we look
towards the publication of a social care workforce strategy in the Autumn. At
the same time I shall be taking on the co-chair of a strategic advisory group
focussing on this key agenda, and the sector will be gearing up for our very
own national recruitment strategy.
Whilst there is a veritable smorgasbord of interesting
reports on technology I think that I will use the opportunity to get my head
around ‘Blockchair’ and read this report on Global Blockchain for Elderly Wellness and
Care. I met Dr Jit Seng Tan at our International conference earlier in
this year and am interested to understand this concept and how it might apply
in the UK care sector. The report does focus on one system, so those looking
for evidence of it’s potential application more broadly might look out for Blockchain for social impact.
Continuing on an international theme I plan to refresh my
understanding of the global impact and pace of ageing, brought sharply into
view by the excellent report ‘Ageing in
the Commonwealth’ commissioned by CommonAge and presented at our joint
event earlier this year.
Bringing the issue of ageing closer to home, I am really looking
forward to digging into the Centre
for Ageing Better strategy. This was launched last week and hones in on
four core strands for the ultimate vision of ‘A society in which everyone
enjoys later life’. These core strands of Healthy Ageing, Fulfilling Work,
Connected communities and safe and accessible housing are all key to NCF
members and I look forward to seeing them connected in this valuable thinkpiece.
I have also enjoyed the first few blogs I have caught from
the Independent Age which are tackling key areas of discrimination in the Ageism Plus series. Through weaving together personal
narrative, community insight, leadership think pieces and service descriptors
they bring to life the real challenges that exist now, and will be compounded
in the future unless we really begin to understand and address the impact of
multi layered discrimination impacting our ageing population.
However, I am pretty sure that the Secretary of State won’t
just be getting his information from paper based sources – therefore there are
good few podcasts that us summer social care types can tune in to as well…
Road to Outstanding is
a series of podcasts crafted by Sophie Coulthard, where she interviews a range
of inspiring individuals across a wide spectrum of care. She is on her third
series now, and has great discussions with managers, care staff, regulators,
technology experts, activities coordinators, CEO’s and more. Take a scan
through the back catalogue and download a few of interest to listen to ‘en
For those of you who are missing a chunk of political action
during summer recess, there is still a chance to get to know the politicians in
a little more detail. I enjoy listening to Nick Robinson’s
Political Thinking podcast – and you can check out recent shows
featuring Matt Hancock and Dominic Raab amongst
Of course – if all this seems too much like hard work and
you want a snappy read for yourself – you could always take a chance and read the
back catalogue of NCF blogs!
Or take a well earned snooze in the sun instead……
What is on your list? #summerreading #socialcare