Mental Wellbeing Toolkit
This practical toolkit has been developed as a starting point to assist in identifying pressure points, in proactively creating pathways to resilience and in prioritising self-care.
Supported by care providers this toolkit was produced by Partners in Care and Alive, and funded by Skills for Care as part of the Workforce Development Innovation Fund.
Our work was based on the notion that, ‘If we are truly to offer the highest quality service to those we support, isn’t it essential that we consider the mental wellbeing of ourselves and our staff.’
The aim of our project was to explore the most effective ways of changing the culture, policies and procedures of social care organizations in order to ensure that mentally healthy workplaces were created. We had identified that managers could be presented with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues by their staff (such as managing work related and personal stress). We felt it would be essential to enable organizations to create an open culture where staff are able to share the emotional challenges of their job (and /or personal life).
Through a process of collective design and development we were able to pull together a mental wellbeing toolkit. The intention is that it will be hosted on the Partners in Care website so individuals and organisations can access and use the hyperlinks embedded within it to get up to date, relevant information and support.
The toolkit is split in to 3 accessible sections:
- Wellseeing – pressure points
- Welldoing – proactive pathways to resilience
- Wellbeing – prioritising self-care
To Use The Toolkit Please Click Mental Wellbeing Toolkit
Arts, Crafts and Dignity in Care
Partners in Care is a part of the European Project ACDC, working with partners from France, the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. This project builds on the successes of two previous EU projects ‘Dignity in Care’ and ‘IC Music’ and aims to promote social inclusion through creative engagement.
In this cluster we want to strengthen the use of the arts to address loneliness and exclusion through the creation of a transferable method, giving artists the opportunity to better connect with their audiences to relieve social isolation. Participants can help create, and learn a new way to engage with their audience through personal experience and better understanding of their beneficiaries. The project will end with our conference at Poole Lighthouse on 16th June 2015.
For more information please visit http://www.creatinginclusion.eu/
Dignity in Care
The Dignity in Care project aimed to improve the quality of life for those who use adult social care services, with a particular emphasis on dignity in care. As part of the project 2 facilities were used in Belgium and the Netherlands known as sTimul which have been set up to look and feel like a care home. During the project care workers from Dorset had the opportunity to go to sTimul where for 2 days they took on the role of someone who is being cared for, with care given by local care students. The aim was to create a real experience where people who normally provide care find out what it is like to receive care, and what personal dignity really means.There is a DVD showing what people learned from taking part in the sTimul experience showing how they used the learning from sTimul in their own organisations to improve dignity in care. The first DVD shows the initial learning and experience from those care staff who attended the first sTimul experience. The second DVD is a slightly longer training DVD showing how people put the learning into practice in their own organisations.
An introduction to the sTimul experience – http://youtu.be/z8jOn2_NGEY
Enhancing Dignity in Daily Practice – http://youtu.be/AoS-rZ9-Xfo
For more information about the project, please visit http://www.dignity-in-care.eu/portal/welcome
Understand Nutrition and Dementia
Evidence based learning to enhance dignity in dementia care. Ensuring appropriate food and nutrition is vital for delivering dignity in care for people with dementia.
This project will equip frontline nurses and care home staff with the skills needed to improve the delivery of nutrition for people living with dementia through evidence-based learning in nutrition and empowered leadership.
Key Objectives are to: Identify best practice for delivering excellence in nutrition and dignity in dementia care and establish high quality education and learning.