One of the most powerful books that I read last year was Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal. I loved it so much I bought copies for friends and colleagues. My friend Max also read the book, and yesterday posted one of those blogs that makes you hold your breath. He wrote about the impact that the book has made on him, and his thinking about the end of his life.
Paul Dolan’s book, Happiness by Design, has been next to my bed for a few months now.
It’s not your average ‘how to be happier’ self-help book, and not an easy read either, yet it stands out as having something original and helpful to say about happiness.
I am part of May’s Community Circle, and the purpose of her circle is to get her singing again. This year we did our first performance together, singing with the choir as they performed at Bruce Lodge, where May lives.
I wanted to share the story of how this happened, through a person-centred thinking tool called Presence to Contribution.
The term outcomes always generates debate and often confusion. As a team, we wanted to get clear ourselves, and then find ways to help others understand how to develop person-centred outcomes. In this longer blog I’ve described the eight steps that we developed to enable people to develop person-centred outcomes.
Co-production – where service providers and users work together as equals to develop and deliver services – is at the heart of the way I try to work. But how do we measure how effective it is for everyone involved? Put it another way, what does good look like?
Today I saw co-production in action. Commissioners want to achieve a different experience for patients. They worked with a patient champion group to develop the tender. Together they defined the outcomes and experience that they wanted to see delivered.
Many people with dementia are lonely, bored and have little in their lives that feels purposeful. A Community Circle is an evidence-based approach, that has been shown to enable people living with dementia to do more of what matters to them and feel less isolated. Here are 9 reasons why I am excited about the potential of Community Circles to make a difference.
Joanne was a work colleague of mine. We shared an office for a year whilst she was on a short-term contract developing a new website. We had a mutual friend, Fiona. Joanne would describe herself as a huge foodie – she had worked as a chef and loved great food. A big fan of hockey she would see the occasional match at home with her brother.