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Join the IHSCM today and have February on us – for no more than the price of a coffee every week thereafter.
I wonder if I am showing my age by referring to BBC1’s Generation Game, where the host – choose any one from Bruce Forsyth, Larry Grayson or Jim Davidson – would remark ‘they’ve got the lot’ if a contestant successfully won the collection of prizes available? Those of you shaking your heads in bewilderment may prefer I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! when a ‘celebrity’ manages to win all of the stars in a challenge to consume a range of dubious delicacies.
What I am trying to say is that there is always in life, business, and leisure a desire to do as well as possible – to secure for yourself, family, community or even nation the full range of success. Winning the cuddly toy as well as a trouser press, microwave, toaster, and spaghetti jar meant that you had triumphed. The 5 stars that you took back to your starving teammates meant that you were a hero.
At the Institute of Health & Social Care Management we are similarly driven to succeed – by giving all of you, our members, the best possible content, and value for the investment that you make in membership. We want you to have the 5 stars. We want to make sure you’ve ‘got the lot’!
In the last year, we have created for you 6 multi-module short course masterclasses, 24 HealthChats, 8 conferences on different themes and 5 insight reports. We have assembled 8 special interest groups and undertaken 22 regional meetings as well as delivering over 40 high performance leadership masterclasses through our regional hubs.
Now we are focusing on the next phase of our development – a quarterly e-magazine will be launched in early April, more regional hubs are planned, more Special Interest Groups in sectors such as mental health and frail older care and more professional development courses. From Monday we will have a new formal partnership with Arden University for delivery of level 4, 5 and 6 courses in health and social care management and we are also planning a major media launch!
We have struggled to present all of the above in an easy-to-access, simple and intuitive manner. Truthfully, the net effect is that much of the content that I describe above has been anything-but-easy to find.
On Monday next week, we rectify this situation. Our new IHSCM website (www.ihscm.org.uk) goes ‘live’ and I encourage all of you to go and check it out. You’ll find all of the content I describe above, and more, ready, and available for you. Fill your boots!
If you don’t know your membership login details for the website then please contact Pauline Bolt (firstname.lastname@example.org), our wonderful membership manager, who will guide you through the login process.
If truth be told, winning the cuddly toy and all of the other tat on the Generation Game, or the 5 stars on IACGMOOH! is only a superficial demonstration of success. Our ambition for members of the IHSCM goes well beyond and is perhaps more aligned with the very rare feat (only 16 people have ever done it) of achieving an EGOT…. Rarer still is the PEGOT!
For all of you reading this as members, be assured that we are always looking to help you achieve that kind of success in the world of health and social care. As Brucie would have said ‘didn’t’ you do well!’
Finally, please may I ask you, when visiting the new website, to check and update your personal contact details. It is very easy to forget to do so when you have changed address or job and the effect is that you’ll miss out on all of the above.
Enjoy your weekend, stay safe, stay strong and thank you for the brilliant work you are all doing.
This week, during our HealthChat, Roy Lilley interviewed the rather fabulous Samantha Riley. Samantha is Deputy Director Intensive Support at NHS Improvement, all round data guru and creator of the hashtag #plotthedots. Samantha supports the NHS to understand and effectively use data. It got me thinking that our data journey in social is care only just beginning.
Samantha also educated us on an old West Country word, spuddling, meaning to waste time and not get on with the task in hand. It reminded me of many meetings I’ve attended in the past. She’s created cards which teams are encouraged to raise when people need a gentle warning that they are spuddling. We’re all guilty of it from time to time!
I also had the joy of talking to Andy Tysoe this week. Andy developed and delivers a unique dementia workshop with his colleague Tommy Dunne, called Dementia Do. We’re excited that Andy and Tommy are going to deliver the workshop for you on 24th March. If you’d like to book your place you can do so here.
Last week I asked you to give some thought to random acts of kindness. This week I’ve been feeling energised by the feel of spring in the air. So, I’d like to encourage you to take advantage of that by getting outside some time during this upcoming week. Count the daffodils that you see, look for some of our returning birds (our goldfinch are finally back, I’ve missed them) and splash in a lingering puddle.
As ever, thank you for all that you do.
General Manager for Social Care