Alison Redhead

Fellow’s Profile

Alison Redhead

Fellow’s Profile

Alison Redhead

Why social care in NZ is more valued than in the UK

Fellowship

Focus

Creating better care homes by understanding differences in provision and management

Fellowship year

2020

Biography

My project evolved from a holiday to New Zealand where I observed that residential care and 24-hour nursing care in New Zealand is viewed very differently compared to in the UK. I wanted to find out why this was, and what could be learnt from New Zealand and brought back to the UK. At the time I was planning my Fellow's project, I was a registered home manager of a large nursing home in the UK and when families were discussing the care needs of relatives, I kept hearing phrases like - "I can't believe I am doing this to him." I was saddened by the feelings of guilt families told me they felt. By contrast, in New Zealand I noted families talked with pride that they were making plans to move individuals into residential care facilities. They were proactive in planning future care needs. This is a very simplistic view and I was keen to learn more. I felt sure that there were useful lessons to learn and that I could build a picture of transferable ideas, plans and processes to share with colleagues and networks in the UK. Then I made a big life change, deciding to live and work in New Zealand, and I am now working as a practice manager on Waiheke.

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Disclaimer

All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.