One of those maelstrom twitter/social media type few days where all sorts of stuff cropped up. From different directions. A chunk of stuff about learning. We learned that the Health and Safety Executive are picking up the investigation into LB’s death from the police. [We sort of knew this but it was confirmed which is always good in our post 7/2013 experience]. And the interim board chair of Sloven is now the new board chair. Mike Petter’s involvement with Katrina Percy pre-dates the creation of Southern Health, going back several years. Mmm. He now chairs a board that has, so far, demonstrated little engagement with what happened to LB (other than allowing continual obstruction and delay). And silence about the potential sale of the Slade House site. The original #107days included fab reflection by Amanda Reynolds on ‘What’s a board to do?’ I wonder if the Sloven Board ever asked themselves any of the questions she poses. Suspect not but they could always do it now.
One message I received the other day was for a question/s to challenge social workers/nurses who were going to be shown the Tale of Laughing Boy. The film is being used in several arenas to spark discussion among students/staff/senior teams in both health and social care. This is great. It’s a brilliantly produced film that captures love, humanity, common sense, crap and catastrophe. A lovely mate/legend told me recently it says everything she’s always banged on about person centred care in 15 minutes without any mention of ‘person centred care’.
So. Some suggested questions (relating to adult social care/in no particular order) for frank and open discussion in tandem with watching the film:
- Do you ever/sometimes/often think parents are a pain in the arse, obstructive and make doing your job more difficult? If yes, what makes you think this? Why do you think they behave like this?
- Have you/your team tried to find ways to resolve this tension and develop a productive relationship with families? If yes, how? What worked? If not, why not?
- What would you think if a family member/person was blogging or tweeting about your service? What would you do? Do you think they should be ‘allowed’ to do this? What are your views about social media in the context of your work?
- How often do you think about the aspirations/potential/value of the learning disabled adults you are involved with? Can you give some examples of how you’ve encouraged/enabled them realise their potential? Or things that have obstructed you doing this. If you don’t think about aspiration/potential why do you think this might be?
- How might health and social care work better together to ensure that what happened to LB (Nico Reed, Thomas Rawnsley and the many, many others ) doesn’t happen again?
- Do you think the response of public bodies towards families after such catastrophic incidents is acceptable or reasonable? Can you identify the moments in which something different could have been done? Why do you think there is little apparent shift towards transparency and candour?
These points are just flung out in the hope of some productive discussion. Please add your own questions or reflections below. At some point, we’ll try to pull together some constructive thinking about what’s happened so the more thoughts the better.
More cheerful biz in the last few days involved the launch of the latest #JusticeforLB crowdsourcing request. New, deliciously creative, action to get involved in (details here).
I’ll sign off with my fave (I think) Chicago photo in this potpourri* of a post. Because it captures light, delight and fun.
*I bloody hate potpourri.