Thank you to everyone for your interest in the Whose Shoes? – Putting People First learning and development tool. I was due to have an exhibition stand at the Yorkshire and Humber Skills for Care conference in Doncaster today- but it is cancelled due to the snow! Mixed feelings – phew, I hate driving in snow and ice but disappointment as they are a great crowd up there and I was looking forward to the event and catching up with everyone.
So, while the big freeze continues I have set up a blog – easier than I thought – and will tell you about our Yorkshire project here instead…
We are running a really exciting project in Yorkshire & Humber. Barbara Dalby ( a carer herself and also Director of Nucleus Care Navigation) and Sharon Terry (an individual employer and “expert by experience”) are running lively Whose Shoes? sessions to empower service users and carers with knowledge and confidence about the personalisation agenda in health and social care . Ultimately we are planning for them to invite “professionals” (eg local authority people, elected members, care providers, university lecturers and students) to their sessions, bringing a whole new aproach to “co-production”!
We won a Skills for Care / Skills for Health “Meet the Dragons” award at the “Thinking outside the box” conference in Gateshead in June 2010 and are doing this as part of a project that is looking at the impact of Whose Shoes? in different settings.