August 3, 2018
This interview is with Pia Rathje-Burton from Skills For Care and Rhona McClelland from No Place Like Home.
Pia has worked in social care for 27 years, starting as a support worker for people with learning disabilities before working her way up to a Registered Manager. After 15 years she joined Skills for Care just over a year ago. Her role with Skills for Care is as a locality manager is varied and she is involved with a number of projects including working with the local authorities in the geographical area, integration and transforming care.
Rhona joined No Place Like Home as Registered Manager at the start of a brand new company exactly 5 years ago. Neither the business owner or Rhona had experience of working in the sector but managed to achieve a rating of outstanding after 3 years in the business. Rhona gained such a lot of support by working with Skills for Care, she says she doesn’t know where they would be without the wonderful resources they have provided.... and that is exactly why I thought it would be great to interview them together!
I was fascinated to speak with someone who started in the business with relatively no experience, and how she managed to gain the Outstanding rating so quickly. I was also curious to hear more about the work Skills For Care do, and whether others were fully aware of how much support was being offered by them. If you're fairly new to care or a management position then this is definitely the episode for you!
You can follow Rhona on Twitter here and No Place Like Home here
You can follow Pia on Twitter here and Skills For Care here
The No Place Like Home website is here
The Skills For Care website is here
"Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande - the book mentioned by Rhona is linked here
SKILLS FOR CARE LINKS
Registered Manager Network –
Skills for Care facilitate over 150 networks across England. They are always chaired by a registered manager. We do this to make sure that the agenda and the format of the networks are exactly what managers need. We use them to share ideas and best practices. We often have a speaker sometimes someone external sometimes either one of the members or the locality manager talking about topics. #thepowerofnetworks
Good and Outstanding guide – The free to download ‘Good and outstanding care guide’ is a 300+ pages guide to use to achieve or sustain a good or outstanding Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating. The guide provides examples of excellent care and support, and guides providers to make this happen.
Care Improvement Work website – This is a great website; all guides and resources from NICE, SCIE and Skills for Care for each of the 5 KLOEs in one easy place. Its so easy to use, you find the resource that will help you, click on it and then its emailed to you.
Skills for Care Accolades awards. The deadline is the 7 September.
Locality managers - Keep in touch with your local locality manager. Find out if they have any events near you, if they send emails to their local area or can support you in other ways.
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As always, thank you for listening! Sophie