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MyHomelife

About My Home Life

My Home Life (MHL) is a UK-wide charitable initiative promoting quality of life for older people living and dying in care homes and for those visiting and working with them, through relationship-centred and evidence-based practice.

MHL holds the evidence base for the sector and is working to help care homes to professionalise and articulate their expertise. MHL draws from positive examples of care home practice already in place, rather than dwelling on negative practices.

There is a high level of brand recognition within the care home sector. MHL is increasingly seen as a movement for care homes and the voice of quality in the sector.

"The Programme is making a real contribution to improving care standards and the quality of life for older people. The really important thing about MHL is that it is based in the experience of the sector and is not imposed from above"

Martin Green, English Community Care Association

 

The My Home Life Essex Leadership Support Group

The purpose of the Leadership Support Group/s is to offer care home managers/deputies space and support to help them reflect upon their own practice and that of their staff and engage in a 'journey' of positive culture change within their own homes.

During the first session, the group will meet over four days to explore the skills required to deliver quality of life in care homes (understanding the bedrock to quality of life, reflective practice; change management, leadership, delivering change, supporting staff). 

 

The Action Learning Process

Following the initial sessions, monthly half-day action learning will support the MHL Champions' implementation of their action plans. Although these sessions are half-days it is recommended that the care home manager allows for the whole day away from the care home environment enabling them to process the information they have received in a relaxed manner.

Action learning involves learning through action.  It is a continuous process of learning and reflection, supported by colleagues, with an intention of getting things done. It recognises that individuals learn best when they learn with and from each other by working on real problems and reflecting on their own experiences. It involves working with real issues with the intention of achieving improvement and transformation in the workplace. 

Action learning will involve the group sharing the progress made on their action learning plans and having time to reflect on challenges encountered to find ways forward.

 

Managers who have completed the programme have told us:

'It's like turning on a light bulb, suddenly things become clear'

'We've all got the same kind of problems cropping up, it's great to know you're not alone and when we talk through the problems the solutions become clearer'.

'It's been really helpful for my personal development as well as beneficial to the home..it's giving me the confidence to stand up for doing things right, it's very motivating'

 

We recognise that other factors (funding, staffing, for instance) can hinder any practice improvements. That said, the outcomes of the programme to date would suggest that participants on the programme identify real and positive changes in themselves, the culture of their home, staff morale and staff turnover, as a result of engaging with the programme.

The MHL Leadership Support Programme is financially sponsored by Essex County Council. In return for getting involved, we ask members of the group/s to help us in rolling out the MHL vision more widely across Essex. What this means in practical terms will be negotiated with the action group, recognising your limited time and resources for undertaking activities outside your current roles

 

How to get involved 

Email quality.innovation@essex.gov.uk for details of upcoming cohorts.

 

The My Home Life Essex Domiciliary Care Leadership Support Group

This programme is open to all 'care at home' managers/team leaders across Essex. It provides an opportunityto re-examine and grow leadership roles, developnew skills, lead on best practice and contribute to a much needed positive revitalization of care at home.

Course Length

Two day workshops, followed by 6 half day sessions over seven months

Approach

Taking a developmental approach to leadership support means that we work with managers over a period of time at whatever level they find themselves, and support them as individuals and as professionals leading a 'care at home' service. The programme begins with two day workshops followed by six monthly half-day coaching supervision sessions using an action learning framework.

 

Together, we can make a difference.

A domiciliary care manager says

"Running a service can be a lonely job - you have to be the one supporting everyone else. There is so much negativity in our business. and no-one ever tells us we are doing a good job. It feels like a battle most days.

As professionals, we are doing a challenging and socially important job, yet we have very little time to step back and think.we are just doing it, doing it, doing it.! Yet the opportunity to reflect, develop new skills and feel supported is vital.  Well done My Home Life for giving us some positive support and shining a light on all the good work we do that goes unseen and unappreciated."

Whereas many training programmes take a content based, theoretical approach to learning, we bring managers closer to their day-to-day work, helping them to develop as reflective practitioners and identify realistic solutions for improving the quality of life of the clients they serve.

 

My Home Life Essex Registered Nurses Leadership Programme

The role of a nurse in a care home is very different from working in a hospital or with a Trust. Everyone - residents, relatives, staff and allied professionals - all look to them for leadership. They carry a huge amount of responsibility and can easily feel stressed and isolated. They need to use their initiative constantly in delivering care and they have to inspire an often, challenging staff group to work together well and to their best ability.

But with all this responsibility comes the potential for real job satisfaction, in making a difference the quality of many peoples' lives.

 

In this field of work, where it can be very difficult to pause and take a breath, it's important that we can all can slow down in the company of supportive colleagues, to reflect on ourselves and our work. This is vital to growing leadership skills and also remaining open and resilient.

 

Fiona Kemp, Manager of Braintree Nursing Home says,

'As someone who is still involved with My Home Life, I would say, take hold of this opportunity if you can. We need our nurses to understand and really embrace their crucial role as influencers in the home.

The My Home Life Leadership support programme continues to be one of the most valuable and practically useful learning experiences of my entire working career.

And clearly learning of this kind is highly relevant and valuable for your

ongoing re- validation.'

Course Aims

This programme is open to all registered nurses working in care homes across Essex.

It provides an opportunity to examine and grow their leadership role, develop coaching and influencing skills, and lead on evidence based best practice as it relates to supporting the quality of life of residents in care homes.

Approach

Taking a developmental approach to leadership support means that rather than a oneoff workshop, we work with nurses over a period of time at whatever level they find themselves, to support them as individuals and as professionals with their important and demanding work in care homes. Whereas many training programmes take a content based, theoretical approach to learning, we bring nurses closer to their day-to-day work in the home, helping them to reflect on the real challenges they face, and provide innovative and practical ways to support residents, relatives and staff - so excellent outcomes can be achieved. 

How to get involved 

Email quality.innovation@essex.gov.uk for details of upcoming cohorts

Wishing Washing Line

A creation of My Home Life Essex community Friends and Neighbours Scheme, (FaNs Essex), the Wishing Washing Line helps connect older people living in care homes to their local communities.  It's a simple two-dimensional colourful display, normally located in a community space such as a Supermarket or community hub. The display takes the form of a garden scene with two washing lines hanging from each side of the board. Wishes of care home residents are hung on the line for members of the public to read and grant by making direct contact with the care home. For more information please view the attached flyer.

 

Last Updated: 30 April 2021

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