I visited a number of services in Brighton yesterday and particularly wanted to highlight some of the good work that the staff team are doing at The Droveway. They support people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) but don’t let that stop them promoting social inclusion. They have a social inclusion board in the house showing opportunities for the people they support to get actively involved in the community. This includes several service users regularly attending football matches at Brighton and Hove Albion.
They also do a great job supporting people who have very complex health needs. People they support are regularly admitted to hospital and they work very well with the local NHS services. They have started implementing a new very person centred way of monitoring pain and discomfort by recording people’s facial expressions and body language. They have a clear baseline against which they can notice any changes which might suggest someone is in pain or discomfort.
Whilst I’ve been going around services, I have also started to do my test checking whether our staff knows CMG’s values. I haven’t done this for a while and generally things have slipped a bit. Following a consultation with staff across the organisation, we made one change to our statement of values. The easiest way to remember our values is to use the acronym SODA. This stands for:
- Shared Responsibility
- Opportunity to achieve
- Dignity and respect
- Appreciating everyone and their contribution