Insequa’s year in blogs
It’s been another busy year at Insequa, full of interest and excitement. See below how 2019 unfurled, by dipping into our blogs. We cover a broad range of topics in our regular posts, so
there’s bound to be something for everyone…Put your feet up, relax and enjoy…
January – We kicked off the year in fine fashion with an interview with Australian Samantha Bowen of the Acorn Network and co-creator of Celebrating Women in Aged Care. She had come to our attention following her appearance at the 2018 Ageing in Common Conference held by the Commonwealth Association. Since we spoke to her in January, Samantha has been appointed Principal Advisor Next Gen at Leading Aged Services Australia and continues to be a leading light in the aged care sector – working hard and with notable success to encourage younger people to choose aged care as a career. Take a read to get an idea of why her fresh, direct and energised approach produces such great results – and get inspiration for implementing similar tactics over here.
February – Stephen Burke from United For All Ages provided us with his Five Reasons To Adopt an Intergenerational Approach – which highlighted the positive impact on both the young and old of mixing the generations in elderly care. He’s an expert on his topic and a passionate and eloquent exponent of this increasingly mainstream approach in care delivery settings.
March – Morten Mathiesen, CMO at Sekoia who provide digital care planning solutions wrote about advances in technology (particularly robotics) that may influence the way care in the future is delivered. It’s a topic that regularly splits the debate – but one which keeps being revisited because ultimately, it needs to be made to work. The challenge is in finding the best form of delivering the solution, so that those on the receiving end feel happy. As Morten says, it’s an evolving process and nothing will happen quickly. Have a read and see what you think/feel.
April – This month our interviewer’s net caught some fish much closer to home. Insequa Co-Directors, Bill Watson and Peter Hamilton, gave their first impressions on the Australian aged care sector. They had so much to say, we split it into two separate instalments. Having set up Insequa Pty Ltd in Sydney earlier in the year, they spoke about the differences, similarities and inspirations found in discovering how care is delivered on the other side of the world.
May – Care Home Open Day is a tremendous annual event that helps break down the barriers in local communities. A Care Home is a valuable community asset and should be seen as such – this blog explains how it works. If you are interested in getting your Care Home involved, look out for when the date is announced for 2020 and put it into your diary.
June – Insequa attended Health Plus Care at The Excel Centre in London Docklands. We exhibited as part of The Residential and Home Care Show. It’s always good to meet up with clients, old and new, and see familiar faces from the care sector. This event saw the official launch of the very well received Care Badge that you will now see decorating the lapels of many a social care supporter. There are always a wide range of expert presentations at this show – read how we selected the ‘unmissable’ speakers from a very high-quality field.
July – One of our favourite interviews this year was with Amy Win from multi-award-winning social enterprise 4Lunch in Greater Manchester. If cooking with communities and unlocking the power of food through innovative cookery workshops and programmes is your jam, then take a read of this. Warning: it will make you feel hungry.
August – The CQC released their ‘Smiling Matters’ report in the summer which focused on the lack of sufficient oral health in care homes. This has proven to foreshadow a greater emphasis on oral care during inspection visits. Always quick to respond where a need is identified, Insequa produced an Oral Health Care Policy to guide providers.
September – We hit the conference trail again in September and headed North to the Lancashire Care Conference where we had a great time meeting with members of the care sector. This was our first outing with CMM conferences. We had a great chat with Paul Simic, Chief Executive of the Lancashire Care Association, who gave us tips for getting the most out of these types of event.
October – Single Use Plastic. We always track how important external factors have influence on the care sector. This blog addresses the introduction of Single Use Plastic legislation in April 2020 and gives tips on how to limit Single Use Plastic from your care organisation.
November – The Care Leader’s Handbook was one of the publishing highlights of the social care calendar in 2019 – and we asked authors Sophie and Rob Coulthard about the ideas behind the book and the practical applications that promise to help those working in care to lead well.
December – As we roll into the final month of the year, our minds at Insequa turn to the festive season. What is the perfect gift for that special someone working in social care? This will give you some ideas….
We hope you have enjoyed having a browse through our blogs – there are some fantastic topics and interviewees lined up for next year, so make sure you come back soon. Meanwhile, for support with tender writing, CQC Quality Support or policy and compliance products, give us a call – 0115 896 3999.