Thinking beyond the bullet point

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

|JOHN BURTON discusses the dangers of standardisation and conformity, and the mental paralysis of the ŒPower Point effect¹.| Most of my contributions to Caring Times over the last couple oyears have encouraged you to challenge assumptions and to think differently about managing care homes, and about standards and inspection. My experience and training has helped me to look at the way things are and, if I see that they are not the way they should be, I try to understand how they came to be as they are, before changing the way they look. To make significant changes, one has to work beneath the surface. If you do not find the source of problems and work from there, you will simply end up with a different manifestation of the same set of problems. In our attempts to establish, maintain and improve standards in care homes, we are in danger of standardising care and reducing choice and self-determination. But, while I welcome the promised early review of the National Minimum Standards, please don¹t mistake this

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