Members articles and blogs

Blue Monday: Supporting workplace mental health in social care

Article by Vida Healthcare 

Dubbed the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday (17 January 2022) is an annual phenomenon taking place in the third week of January each year. The day marks the moment that many people experience uncharacteristically strong feelings of depression, which are often attributed to the cold weather, dark nights, and financial pressure post-Christmas. Click here to read the ful article. 

We’ve Joined The Restraint Reduction Network

Article by Bright Futures Care

It gives us great pleasure to announce that we have joined the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN). We believe that this organisation is important to maintaining the high standards of care we expect, and wanted to tell you a little more about it. 
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Social care and recruitment: how can we reverse the crisis?

Article by Vida Healthcare

With over 110,000 vacancies across the social care sector, we’re currently facing an acute recruitment and retention crisis. Vaccinations becoming a condition of deployment, Brexit, and burnout thanks to the pandemic have all contributed to people leaving the sector and a struggle to recruit new talent. Sam Rhodes, Recruitment Manager at the UK’s leading provider of specialist dementia care Vida Healthcare, shares her top tips for care home operators to develop a strong workplace culture and recruit and retain talent effectively.
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Vida Healthcare secures new certification

Article by Vida Healthcare

Vida Healthcare has achieved certification against the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards as assessed by the BILD Association of Certified Training. These standards ensure the training is directly related and proportional to the needs of populations and individual people. Training should be delivered by a competent and experienced professional who can evidence knowledge and skills that go beyond the application of physical restraint or other restrictive interventions. The certification not only improves training and practice, but it protects people’s fundamental human rights, improves the quality of life of those being restrained, reduces reliance on restrictive practices, and increases the understanding of the root causes of behaviour and recognition that many behaviours are the result of distress due to unmet needs. Click here to read the full article.

Managers are Existing but not “Living”

Blog by Paul de Savary, MD, Home from Home Care 

To use an old analogy, social care providers are the dog that everyone is kicking – the regulator, commissioners, ONS, DHSC, PHE etc. In an unbridled way to fit their own narrow agendas, these masters/stakeholders demand more. Fine, except as the cliché goes – care is broken. Covid, supply chain disruptions and massive wage inflation linked to labour scarcity at the lower end of the employment chain, with little prospect of reasonable fee increases, has made the dog sick to the extent that it’s in survival mode.
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