We have an amazing vision for better care in the future delivered through the sensible use of technology as a support,, not a replacement, for great care.
Naturally we want to hear from potential customers wanting temporary care staff, and from the people who’d like agency work. But we’ll not be ready until September (at least) to offer these services formally.
In the meantime, we’re offering you the chance to have a say in how we develop our services. If you care passionately about delivering great care to service users, we’d love you to join one of our Advisory Teams. You’ll the chance to really have an impact on the services that we offer, develop new skills and have a role with real impact.
At the moment we’re ‘bootstrapping’, but over time we plan to make budgets and expenses available. We’ll usually be able to communicate and create videos, images etc.
For those with careers in the sector, it’s a chance to shape something great. For those wanting a career in the sector, it’s fantastic experience and a great CV boost. For those in areas of concern, it’s the chance to see some of your thoughts and beliefs put into action.
For these voluntary advisory teams, we particularly welcome:
- Care setting managers and owners keen for a different, better type of care agency
- Care professionals, current, future or retired
- Care setting users (patients, visitors, residents)
- Charity representatives
- Council representatives
- Diversity specialists
- Families and friends of care service users
- Families and friends of people with specific religious care needs
- Government bodies
- Interested third parties with related services
- Legal specialists
- Members of official and regulatory bodies
- Religious representatives
- Representative groups
- Staff and potential staff
- Technology specialists with a keen interest in the better delivery of care
- Training and education professionals
- Think tank leaders and academics
We are happy to add more teams (open to suggestions) and answer questions.
The teams that we are currently developing include:
Best Practise Teams
We will be looking for best practise teams for each care service, to address the question: what is best practise in this area, how is it in our power to deliver it, and what can we do better?
These services will range from old age care and mental health to specialist nursing and medical care. Keep an eye on the website as we announce them, or sign up for our periodic update newsletter: http://eepurl.com/blVI41.
Care Manager Services
This team will be comprised entirely of care managers and will address the simple question: What do care managers need, and what is it in our power to help them with?
We already have a number of services planned specifically for care managers, but would love further input.
We will, for example, be kicking off a range of regional talks/networking events to give people the chance to informally meet their peers and discuss the issues of the day. And we have lots of ideas, but the ones that matter to you are the ones that we want to spend time on!
(By the way, if you can spare us a few moments to complete a questionnaire regarding your needs we’d be grateful: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CLCareManagers)
Religious Sensitivity Team
This team will start with the basic question: what are the service needs of people with strong religious beliefs and culture, and what do we all need to know to accommodate them and our staff and customers with these beliefs?
Initially, we want to create a database of religious ‘rites’.
This will be used to advise our care professionals of impending holidays and celebrations so that we can ensure that The Care Locker behaves appropriately with both our own care staff and with the specialist customers that we serve.
Even more importantly, this database will will extend to care requirements – if a carer is sent to a setting where one or more of the service users is of a particular religion, we will automatically give them access to a list of specialist needs such as dietary requirements, religious requirements regarding dress, food, culture, and even the small things like knowing how to wish someone a happy Passover or Eid.
And it will be made available to the managers of the care settings that we serve.
We don’t expect you to do the data entry or writing (although we’re always delighted with any help you can offer). We want the research. The advice from people in the know. The genuine experiences of people with specific religious requirements. If this is your passion, please don’t wait – get in touch and get things moving!
Safeguarding Service Users
This team will start with the basis question: How can we make the care we deliver through our staff better for service users?
Ultimately, service users are the people we are all here to serve. This group will take a look at issues raised by carers, current and future legislation and make recommendations.
The Safeguarding team is the team most likely to interact strongly with our other teams, so being part of this team will come with great networking opportunities and a certain amount of prestige, internally if not externally.
People joining this team will need to be professionals in their own care field or friends/relatives of service users. They need to have, or be prepared to learn, negotiating skills and work closely as a team with other volunteers, professionals and organisations.
A ‘siub-group’ of this team will be looking specifically at ‘whistle blowing’ and how we make this safe for staff and valuable for the units we serve.,
The team is not a replacement for our legal or professional bodies, who we will naturally retain, and who will, where appropriate and where funds are available, be put at the teams disposal for consulting.
This team will address the simple question: What can we do to keep our staff safe?
There are mechanisms built into the way we operate that try and ensure our staff have a voice and tcan network, and that expectations are set regarding routine operations (like proper handovers, staffing levels etc). But there are also wider issues.
– How should staff members deal with racism from service users, for example. Or prejudices regarding their sexuakity.
– How should violence from service users be addressed?
– What advice and guidance can we offer them? What can colleagues do? What resources could The Care Locker develop or make available?
– Do we need anti-bullying policies?
These are just the tip of the iceberg. If you enjoy an intellectual challenge or have a particular interest in a specific issue, please, please, please join our crusade for better care – which starts with great care professionals.