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Saturday, January 10, 2009

1st Contact: ET and care on the front line

ET as in 'extraterrestrial' may seem remote from nursing and health care, but where there's a will....

Health and social care appears to become ever more specialised with each turn of the policy machine. People's lives are experienced as being ever more complex. Health care is filled with uncertainty and the public present with multi-diagnostic, person-centred, choice bearing, (usually) recovery directed problems, needs and strengths.

Pity then the care workers on the front line, at the point of 1st contact. Like the baseball catcher it helps if they can field the knowledge and skills required to cover physical, mental health and possibly learning disabled clients. You have to hope that coaches recognise that Hodges' model can help the team be aware and fully prepared to cope with 1st contact supporting and facilitating what follows. So, how does your team get to grips with complex care?

Additional links:

Baileff, A. (2004) Developing high quality first contact nursing in Southampton NHS Walk-in Centres. At, Innovations in Partnership, Practice and Education, 3rd Annual Scholarship Conference, Portsmouth UK, 2 Jul 2004. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton. http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/9197/

Declaration of Principles Concerning Activities Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence http://www.setileague.org/general/protocol.htm

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