The 1974 Holland team and JOHANN CRUYFF hold the key to better care

I’ve thought about re-blogging this for some time. We need to put an end to this self limiting ‘i’m only a carer/domestic etc’. We should all be as skilled in providing necessary emotional support – moreso as cleaners/domestics arguably than more qualified or specialist professionals only because of the hugely more frequent level of contact we have on a daily basis compared with visiting specialists. Equip the frontline!


Whenever speaking with care teams in whatever sector – community, acute or long term we are often examining how to improve care and I always get the three usual suspects of  ‘solution’ – More Time – More Staff – More Money.

Unfortunately in the current climate none of these are going to materialise. they are clearly elements that have an impact upon how we operate, but because they will not in the vast majority of cases be supplied, we have to re-visit how we operate. Do we just work harder and faster at what we do? Of course not. Speaking to any care staff they are all shattered and working to capacity already.

When one day I said you have to be like Johann Cruyff I got a lot of blank looks. I then went on about how fantastic they were in the 1974 world cup and how they were…

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