Tony Hunter, chief executive Social Care Institute for Excellence, and former chief executive, North East Lincolnshire Council
The pressure is thus on to act in a ‘co-productive’ way.
I remember my first day at college many years ago, feigning smiles as I met people for the first time and feeling a deep emptiness inside.
The duck-billed platypus is a bizarre creature.
The general election gives us an opportunity to get into a serious debate about the future of care and support, starting from what matters and not from those health and social care structural divisions which are, after all, simply an accident of history.
There was a tricky exchange at a recent health and social care event. Someone who uses services admonished two organisational leaders: “Why can’t you simply work with us and stop defending your organisational positions and resources?”
Some years ago I fronted a public consultation meeting on reconfiguring older people’s services in a locality. In my naivety I failed to completely appreciate the anxiety that would be caused by the closure of a pretty outmoded, but still popular, residential home.
I was recently chatting to a colleague whose wife, back in 1989, was suddenly confronted with a situation; and she had little idea what to do. As a young social worker she had to deal with a case of what is now referred to as female genital mutilation but then as the less stark ‘female circumcision’. There was little support for her and she really felt that she was flying solo over a challenging issue.
A social worker once said to me: “As soon as I start thinking that I’ve seen this situation before, then it’s time to leave.” Wise words but they put me in a dilemma.
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Everyone involved with supporting young people shares the ambition to transform the experiences and outcomes of children in care. It’s perhaps too easy, when we’re angry and frustrated at failures of individuals and / or systems, to look for fast and easy solutions.
Let’s find out what people want to do, to contribute, to achieve, and then work backwards from there, writes the SCIE’s Tony Hunter