From Where I’m Sitting: A Manual for Those Working with
Older People in the Social Care Sector
Sue Thompson. Russell House Publishing. £31.45 including
As it says on the box, this manual addresses the challenges,
dilemmas and rewards of caring for older people, writes social
worker Richard E Wright. This is a daunting task, but Sue Thompson
sets out her stall with a crystal clear definition of who this
manual is written for and what it hopes to achieve. The text is
jargon free and as such is an easy read. The whole emphasis of this
book is on learning about the complexities, subtleties and pitfalls
of providing quality care and about the rewards of this demanding
work. The author encourages the reader to treat older people as
people first. From where I’m sitting, she succeeds.
Care and the Registered Manager’s Award at NVQLevel 4
Christina Toft. Hodder & Stoughton Price £16.95, plus
£2.50 p&p. Contact: 01235 827720
This excellent handbook is aimed at residential care home managers
seeking to achieve NVQ4 in care and the registered manager’s award,
writes social care consultant, Louise Barker. Using the analogy of
a jigsaw puzzle you can now solve (you have the lid!), author
Christina Toft sets out how to use the knowledge you have already
to demonstrate necessary competence, and how to identify gaps and
so fill in the missing pieces. She suggests that following her
methodology will give candidates the confidence to successfully
complete the awards within one year – and I agree wholeheartedly.
Reading this should demolish the fear factor holding so many
candidates back. There are particularly helpful tips on starting
out; planning and choosing units; presenting and linking evidence.
This is a must-have handbook for all candidates.