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FoNS 'Creating Caring Cultures in Health and Social Care: Getting Started" Resources

As health and social care staff, we all want to be kind and caring and make sure that services are safe and effective. But how often do we step back and really look at what we do, think about the people that we work with and the ways we work together to provide care? Although the need for culture change is often spoken about in health and social care, how we work to achieve this is less clear. FoNS is therefore creating a number of freely accessible resources, to help staff to get started with culture change. We believe that these will be particularly useful for those working in frontline leadership roles across health and social care settings (e.g. ward managers, community team leaders, care home managers).

The ‘Creating Caring Cultures’ resources are based around a model in the form of a rainbow because like rainbows, it is difficult to see/find the beginning or the end of culture change. The model has been developed using FoNS experiences over a number of years of working with health and social care teams and our theoretical understandings of practice development as an approach to enabling change and transformation in people and their practice.

The rainbow model is created using six colours - each representing a different intention or focus:

  • Explore values and beliefs and agree a shared purpose
  • Look at what is happening in practice and identify gaps between what we say and what we do
  • Develop action plans through shared decision making
  • Enable team working and staff well-being
  • Commit to learning in and from practice
  • Celebrate success and continue momentum

The seventh colour represents the fact that culture change is a continuous process that needs to be facilitated, preferably by clinical leaders.

FoNS would like to invite you to have a look at its animation, and to look at the associated booklet and free to access resources.

Click HERE to view the FoNS animation

Click HERE to download a copy of the script

Click HERE to download FoNS Culture Change Booklet

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26 June 2015


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