International Collaboration to Enhance Care Home Care

Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement at the University’s Institute of Healthcare, Policy and Practice, recently visited Australia from 26 November to 10 December to share best practice with government agencies and health professionals.
The initial part of her trip saw Professor Dewar visit Sydney from 26 to 29 November to discuss with senior leaders across New South Wales (NSW) appreciative inquiry and caring conversations as an approach to cultural change across health care. Belinda presented her work to 150 senior health leaders at a national conference as part of this trip. She is working with the NSW Government, including Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office, NSW Health, to explore ways that appreciative inquiry and caring conversations can inform strategic direction in future workstreams.

The second part of her trip saw Belinda and her colleague Professor Julienne Meyer from City University in London visit Adelaide in South Australia to work with the South Australia Innovation Hub, which aims to improve and sustain better outcomes for older Australians, to launch My Home Life (MHL) Australia

Sarah Rhead, Executive Officer of the South Australia Innovation Hub, P{rofessor Belinda Dewar and Julienne Meyer of City University, London.

During her visit to Adelaide from 1 to 10 December, Professor Dewar, who is Director of MHL Scotland, worked with the South Australia Innovation Hub to share learning, resources and ways of working to help promote quality of life for customers, relatives and staff in receipt of aged care services. Initial discussions with Flinders University focused on future research collaborations for evaluating My Home Life Australia.

The My Home Life programme – which is a UK-wide initiative, launched in 2006 by the National Care Homes Research and Development Forum – aims to promote quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes through relationship-centred and evidence-based practice. This project is delivered in Scotland by our School.

My Home Life sets out to support managers to create and sustain a positive relationship-centred culture in their care homes where the quality of life of residents, relatives and staff can flourish. UWS, in partnership with Scottish Care, is currently delivering My Home Life to over 100 care homes across Scotland.

Professor Dewar said

“This was a unique opportunity to partner the South Australia Innovation Hub and Flinders University in taking forward My Home Life. The partners and participants on the programme were delighted with the extensive resources, skilled facilitation and the future potential of this programme to have a significant impact on cultural change within aged care facilities.”