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………..
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.
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
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
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.