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Championing Person Centred Care!

13 Sep 2016

Precious Homes are launching a new Person-Centred Champion Initiative in a bid to drive forward person-centred thinking and approaches across our teams.

Champions selected are Precious Homes’ Support Workers, chosen for their enthusiasm, commitment and the genuine passion they demonstrate within their day to day roles.

Debbie Allsworth, Precious Homes’ Operations Director – Midlands, who is leading the new initiative, explains: “The key aim is to drive forward person centred planning further across all our services. We want a real focus on capturing the voices of the people we support, with our Person Centred Champions supporting people to recognise, record and achieve their aspirations, as well as drive forward choice and control.”

The role of the Champions will involve conducting person centred reviews every two months with the people they support. These sessions will involve circles of support as well as key members from each Individual’s multi-disciplinary team.

“Champions will be using person-centred thinking and approaches to help the people they support have more control and choice in their lives. During review sessions they will be asking questions such as: ‘what’s working’ and ‘what’s not working’, what is important to that person and really begin exploring aspirations and how they can be realised.”

An action plan will be developed following reviews, with staff then able to provide support in ways that reflect what is important to that person.

“It’s not about doing more but about doing things differently – being creative and working in partnership with individuals and people involved in their lives to drive forward their ideas and aspirations – and subsequently achieve their individual outcomes.”

Although each Champion will be working on a local level across one or two services, the work they do will feed into Precious Homes’ wider quality assurance system with outcomes being recorded centrally.

Debbie explains: “As an organisation we will be able to review if, and how, we are achieving outcomes on a larger scale. This visibility will allow the senior management team to look at areas where we need to invest more resources, or likewise, to make plans to drive forward the right changes to increase quality across our provision.”

Precious Homes’ new team of Champions will be completing training sessions throughout October, with work in services set to start in November.

“This training will support the Champions to promote person-centred best practice, use action planning tools and equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to share their approaches. The plan is for them to lead other team members in this process – helping us to drive forward a real person centred culture across our teams.” Debbie concludes.

We look forward to hearing more from our Champions over the coming months and wish them lots of luck with their upcoming training!

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