Drive with care

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|Don¹t be a dummy, says independent social care consultant John Burton. Led by principle, practice makes perfect| The National Minimum Standards make a pretty comprehensive practical text in managing care. These standards flow from principles and, if you have a firm grasp of principle, you could have invented most of the standards yourself. No-one learned to drive by following a book of instructions. You learn by doing ­ by driving under supervision ­ but before you get behind the wheel, you must understand that a car is a lethal weapon. Being a safe and considerate driver is first a matter of principle and attitude, and second a technical skill. The manager of a care home is the driver of a vehicle on which the health, welfare, and happiness of a large number of people depend. However good you are technically, without the principles you¹ll be a lousy driver. Standards 7 ­ 11, (the care plan, health, medication, privacy and dignity, and dying and death) require staff to understand and share the principle

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