Time to share best practice

Time to share best practiceThe Care Inspectorate’s health advisors briefed representatives from Dundee City Council, NHS Tayside and local care home providers for older people in early December on the latest health practice developments. This followed a successful briefing on care planning earlier in the year and is part of a wider local strategy to develop a Care Home Improvement Network with all the partners in the Dundee area.

Andy Sloan, Inspector Manager for Dundee, said: “Although we have our own respective responsibilities, we are all stakeholders in a shared vision to improve the quality of care for older people in Dundee. It has been really exciting to be involved in working with partners with the same shared commitment.

“To get everyone from health and social services in the same room is a great way to not only share the latest practice developments with care providers but also to develop a strong network to help us work together to achieve our goals.”

Joyce 0’Hare, the Care Inspectorate’s Senior Professional Adviser, was one of the speakers at the December event and said: “The focus of the Care Inspectorate is about quality and improvement, and this type of meeting is a good way to get the message about best practice in health matters for older people to both care services and our partners.

“We’d like to develop this type of seminar with other local partners and care services in other parts of Scotland to help promote best practice.

”Lynn Mclean, Manager at Bupa’s Balcarres Care Home in Broughty Ferry, is very supportive of the joint events: “It’s great to come together to discuss areas of concern and share best practice – as all the agencies are singing from the same hymn sheet.”