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Last Minute Stocking Fillers…..

17 December 2018


What do you mean Xmas for social care is cancelled?!!

What did you say? We will have to submit exactly the same list next year and hope for the best……….

Well, whilst you get to grips with the disappointments of the year that is just about to pass – never fear – there are a few last minute stocking fillers out there that if you haven’t caught up with them yet will give you some positives to hang on the chimney breast………..

Older Peoples Home for 4 Year Olds Xmas special – fantastic TV. Tissues at the ready – providing a really positive vision of the power of intergenerational working, and how older and younger people can both benefit enormously from time together to learn and share. Lots of resources to support this work abound, including this handy guide from last years programme host, St Monica Trust.

Road to Outstanding podcast – An excellent accompaniment as you stand contemplating your fourth bowl of washing up for the day! Check out the listing, and I can really recommend Episode 1 of this series by Vic Rayner…!

Energising blogs from Social Care Future – The power of people was showcased extremely effectively at the recent event in Manchester this November. This series of blogs both informing and reflecting on the event bring to life some very clear articulations of what people want from care going forward.

The very first Professional Care Workers day - This was held on the 4th September, and championed by NACAS (the National Association of Care and Support Workers). A great opportunity to shine a light on some of the amazing work that goes on at the front line each and every day.

Focus on Ageing across the globe – Earlier in the year, the NCF hosted with Common Age an event looking at Ageing across the globe and put on a fantastic international social care conference where 23 different countries were represented. At the event, there was the launch of some ground breaking research that showed just how important it was for countries across the globe to take on board the challenge of ageing. Since then, the World Health Organisation has announced a decade of action on Healthy Ageing.

Digital Engagement for Social Care – Great news announced in November to say members of the Care Provider Alliance, including NCF and Skills for Care have been awarded a grant to support digital engagement across the social care sector. Watch this space for more action in the New Year.

New ideas abound – The first iteration of the Care innovation challenge seeing how young people could be engaged with identifying solutions to the key challenges of facing the sector took place last year. The results were impressive, and you can catch up on all the winning entries here.

Ten year plan for the NHS – whilst I know that this is not yet published, it might be out in time for it to fall soundly in your stocking….. The attention on community should bring some much needed focus on getting some of that localised integration architecture right……

Robots in care – If the most popular gifts at Xmas are anything to go by, then we can expect the opportunities of robotics to feature more and more in the caring world. A few sources of Xmas joy could come from the Skills for Care recent report on Robotics and AI, a recent parliamentary briefing and to hear some debate on this issue in a recent Radio 5 live call in. Take your pick!

Connecting to core – Whilst some might say the revolution in care is a slow burner, there are some changes we have highlighted on this list that are going to change us all in the next few years. One of these is the focus on core strength as a way of slowing down or reversing life limiting mobility issues. Check out this fascinating set of slides from Professor Dawn Skelton, presented at our recent managers conference; I can guarantee for some of us and the people we work with, sustaining core strength, will be on our New Years resolution lists!

As I hang up my stocking this year, I will be thinking of all those amazing front line care workers who will be out there bringing joy and support to people across the UK – and thanking them for their tireless commitment and passion to providing high quality care.

All that remains is for me to wish you and yours a wonderful festive period and best wishes for 2019.

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