1.3a Knowledge Sharing Within the Team

 

How is knowledge shared with the team?
Informal discussions on shift

Regular team meetings

Notice board

Communications book

Other paperwork

What are the ways used for sharing practice issues?
Team meetings, training 
How often is knowledge shared by team members rather than just leaders and managers?
Regularly – everybody is encouraged to contribute during team meetings and share their ideas with the rest of the team.
How do groups of front line staff meet to share practice experiences and develop their learning?
Team meetings, informal discussions whilst on shift
How could you develop a shared approach to problem solving?
 We already do

1.2a How does your organisation encourage and respond to feedback from a range of partners?

 

Questions Reflection
What systems are in place for receiving, analysing and acting on feedback from different partners? 3C’s form – Compliments, Comments and Complaints

Regular formal and informal discussions with all stakeholders

How do you value the contribution of people who access care and support, their carers and relatives? Contributions are always taken into account and acted on.

All 3C’s forms are thoroughly investigated by Senior Management

In what ways can they be encouraged to contribute even more? By asking them for feedback 
How is everyone in the organisation equally committed to the idea of participation? By knowing that all ideas and contributions will be taken seriously.

By being encouraged to take calculated risks

What can you do to ensure that other members of the team understand the key importance of involving people who access care and support, their carers and relatives? Regular coaching, supervision and training

1.1d Describe one area where you’ve demonstrated leadership skills and one where you’ve demonstrated management skills.

Consider the role of a manager in your social care organisation. Describe one area where you’ve demonstrated leadership skills and one where you’ve demonstrated management skills. Give reasons for your choice of style.

 

Area of responsibility Reasons for choice
Leadership Exploring ways to help a client lose weight in collaboration with the client and team. Ideas were discussed in a team meeting. Democratic – everyone involved discussed ideas and decided the way forward. This meant that staff and the client had ownership of the ideas and would be more likely to follow through with the plan.
Management Telling a member of staff they are not allowed to use Facebook on their phone whilst at work as part of their Supervision. Autocratic – this is company policy and non-negotiable. I had already spoken to the member of staff about this in an informal setting but they continued to do so, so was forced to bring this up formally and in writing.

1.1c Use this table to think about your own approach to delegation and see if you can plot the qualities you adopt naturally.

Consider ‘delegation’ – a task we all need to do at regular times in our role. Use this table to think about your own approach to delegation and see if you can plot the qualities you adopt naturally. Some will have more of a leadership approach and some more managerial. Reflect on how this affected the success of the delegation activity.

 

Delegation task Delegation of weekly drug stock check to a member of the team.

I told the staff member it was an important responsibility that I believed they would be good at because they are meticulously good with paperwork. Rather than telling them they had to do it, I asked if they would like to do it. They said they didn’t feel very confident about doing it, so I said that I would do it with them until they felt confident enough to do it on their own. After I had helped remove some of their doubts, they agreed to do it.

Natural qualities demonstrated Offering choice

Negotiation

Coaching

Building confidence in others

Positive reinforcement

Outcome of delegation task I showed them how to do it the first time, then observed them do it themselves the second time. They then felt confident enough to do it by themselves but I made sure they were aware that I was available to contact if they had any difficulties.
How would a different approach have improved the outcome further? I could have delegated the task of training the staff member in doing the drug stock check to another staff member that already knew how to do it, therefore freeing up more time for myself.

I could have trained all staff members to do the drug stock check at the same time and made the task a team responsibility.

1.1b Can you recognise a particular management style that you tend to adopt?

Can you recognise a particular management style that you tend to adopt? You may find it’s a combination of some of the styles mentioned above. Think of particular decisions or management tasks you’ve been involved in and how you managed the decision making or task process.

 

Using different management styles
Describe a situation where you have managed a decision making or task process

A team member called me because a client had angrily walked out of his house and into the community and didn’t want staff to accompany him. I advised that staff should stay at the house and await his return when he had calmed down, but to call me back if he hadn’t returned within 30 minutes.

     
What style(s) can you identify in this situation?

Autocratic – I decided the best course of action.

     
Consider how using an alternative style may have affected the situation and outline the effects this may have had on the situation – both positive and negative
Alternative style:       Consultative – I could have asked the staff member what they thought the best of action would be.
Positives: Staff would be forced to think about the situation and themselves, contributing towards their development, self-confidence and motivation.
     
Negatives: Would have taken longer to discuss options. Inexperienced staff may have made the wrong call (e.g. following the client outside when he wanted to be alone may have increased his levels of anxiety).

1.1a Can you name three great leaders and identify why they inspire you?

 

Name What makes them inspirational?
Ghandi Achieved major political change using peaceful means.
Dalai Lama Created Tibetan parliament and educational system after being exiled from Tibet.

Promotes peace, loving kindness and tolerance.

Albert Einstein Made many scientific discoveries that changed the way we think about the world.