We sat down with Sophie Coulthard, author of The Care Leader's Handbook and host of our favourite podcast The Road to Outstanding. The topic of conversation was leadership, and how everyone can step into leadership - also in a social care setting.
Changing the way things are being done is not something that can just be done by the flick of a switch. Our way of doing things is deeply entrenched in our habits. These set routines also carry over to our work. And if managers or directors want to change the routines, they usually just send out an e-mail describing the new change. So, does the change take effect just because of that e-mail?
When you decide to take the plunge and become more digital there are things to be wary of. We have outlined 6 steps – from the contract signing to the evaluation meeting!
Digital tech is often portrayed (by both suppliers and media) as a silver bullet in society. New fancy gadgets that promise to make you more efficient without any apparent drawbacks. The care sector is no different. Naturally, that creates apprehension for some - here we try to tackle some of the most common ones we hear.
Every year, the Health Plus Care conference in London is one of the most anticipated care sector events in the UK. As veterans of exhibiting at the event, we have gathered a couple of tips to make sure you get the most out of the conference.
In the care sector, there is an increasing focus on providers documenting the level of care they provide. As the number of recordings increases so does the potential amount of data. At face value, that’s a good thing because it enables both management and staff to make decisions based on facts and not guesses and maybes. The premise of creating an objective basis for decision-making is often one of the fundamental motivations when going digital.
Every field, whether in the public or private sector, deals with documentation. Administrative protocols such as filling out paperwork ensures minimal risks and protects against potential lawsuits and complaints. Social care is no exception.
Holmes Care Group operates 11 services across the UK, one of them being Craigielea Care Centre in Renfrew. This prize winning home is now implementing digital care planning to gain full transparency into each resident’s care plan and changes in their condition, which makes documenting care easier and helps to ensure they are staying compliant.
Every day managers are facing many decisions. Some easier than others. Digitalisation has the potential to greatly help the process by providing pieces of information that might not be available in a more paper-based care home.