A new chat show has been created by care managers with the aim of spreading a positive image about social care and connecting people working in the sector.
Called ‘The Caring View’, the show launched on YouTube at 7.30pm and will take place at the same time every Tuesday.
It will cover topical care news currently in the media spotlight, as well as positive stories that may not hit the headlines.
The Caring View was set up by Adam Purnell, care quality lead at Kepplegate House care home in Lancashire; Dawn Bunter, care home manager at Iceni House in Norfolk; Donna Pierpont, care home manager at Broomgrove Trust Nursing Home in Sheffield; and Mark Topps, Caremark’s new regional support manager for London.
The panel will address hot topics in social care, including safeguarding, mental capacity, government guidance around COVID-19, best practice examples, and will eventually invite guest speakers to share their knowledge and expertise.
Commenting on how the idea for the chat show came about, Topps told Home Care Insight: “We connected with each other via social media during the pandemic. We found that we were all doing campaigns of our own and appearing on various TV shows and radio stations, but that we actually all had very common interests and all shared a passion for the sector, as well as the people who work within it.
“We found though that despite our positive news stories these were often overshadowed by negative stories and we wanted to change that.”
Topps added: “What we hope to gain long term is that we can help improve the public image of social care and give people not working in the sector a better understanding of the pressures and work that happens within social care.”
Last night’s show covered the panel’s experiences of COVID, how they have coped through the pandemic and the obstacles they’ve overcome.
Click here to view the episode.