Thinking is half the job

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

Our approach to care these days is becoming too prescriptive. I recently heard NVQ characterised as “not very qualified” and most staff, from care assistants to managers, while pleased to get their qualifications, find the process generally fails to stimulate or satisfy. The best care homes use handovers and staff meetings to think things through together and the best training for care work comes from doing just that – gaining a deep understanding of yourself and the people you a looking after, and learning from experience by reflecting, reviewing, analysing, and planning. In their different ways, all the books I am reviewing this month encourage the reader to think. _Reminiscence and Recall_ by Faith Gibson (Age Concern Books, £14.99) is the third edition of a book first published in 1994. Even if you have the original edition it would be worth buying this update for the new material on intergenerational work, culture and ethnicity, and on building partnerships with libraries, museums and community ar

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