ARBD (Alcohol Related Brain Damage)

18 Jan

Monday 15th January 2018 a training session was held for 37 staff, the trainers Milan and Clive from the ARBD Trust have left a lovely letter that we would like to share with you Our visit at Mary and Joseph House by Clive Oldbridge & Milan Mores (Trainers) from ARBD Trust ….so you want to manage a care home, do you? I have always been impressed by those who pay attention to detail. It would perhaps explain my life-long fascination with the intricacies of Formula One, or what makes a two Michelin star chef or a top class hotel like The Ritz. Just what is it that motivates people to be the best? On Monday we were scheduled to deliver a talk to the staff at Mary & Joseph House in Manchester. A banner strapped to the railings outside proclaims the view of the industry inspectors that this care home is ‘outstanding.’ There is a hint of this when we ring the doorbell and it is opened, and we are greeted, by two managers. We are shown the venue, offered tea or coffee, and the service manager arrives and runs us through the routine in the event of a fire. That completed, he still has time to ensure that our equipment is set up and we are happy. As we sip coffee and gather our thoughts we are offered sandwiches and we have a brief chance to sample the atmosphere. We notice that staff arrive early to take their places for our session. We have noticed, and felt, the relaxed atmosphere in the dining room where residents and staff eat together, more like the restaurant in a good department store than a care home. There is a sense here of structure. Not a pyramid where the manager sits at the top but one that is linear and interlocking. There is a total absence of hierarchy. Each person has a role to play and is as respected as the next. And you can sense it. There is an order which inspires confidence that here are people who know what they are…

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