Yesterday, the Minister for Health, Vaughan Gething, offically launching the publication ‘Good Work – A Dementia Learning and Development Framework for Wales’. The document is radical in its thinking, moving away from traditional approaches to training, quality assurance and concepts of expertise only being held by qualified professionals. The framework promotes co-productive and narrative approaches including Appreciative Inquiry. A free interactive PDF is available at http://www.ccwales.org.uk/dementia-care/
Nick Andrews from Swansea University and Roger Rowett from Taith were the main authors of the document which was the result of a long process of consultation across social care and health. Most importantly this consultation included people with dementia and their carers/families.
Roger said ‘it was a privilege to be involved in producing such an influential and important document. This will inform the development of a wide range of activity in the sector and encourage services to work in new ways that truly engage with everyone. It is only through this type of engagement, built on co-productive principles, that we can really influence the hearts and minds of those who can make a real difference. I particularly love the quote from Mother Theresa, which really says it all and builds on Carl Rogers’ concept of unconditional positive regard’.