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Easy business planning tools

These simple business planning tools can be used to flesh out ideas and to present them to others. This is a very brief sample of some tools which can be used to begin the process of change.

On this page you will find an assortment of easy-to-use business planning tools that can be used to bring ideas to life. What is your idea? We...

Enhancing relationships in care at home using Caring Conversations

This is the story of a small care at home provider testing the impact of using Caring Conversations to enhance relationships. Caring Conversations is an approach which supports staff, people using the service and their families to relate to each other in more meaningful ways. 

In 2014, the Iriss and Scottish Care Fit for the Future project linked with the University of the West of Scotland to explore the application of...

Values-based recruitment

This is the case for integrating values into the recruitment process in care. We worked closely with one provider to test out values exercises and develop a pre-interview questionnaire. We discuss why a values-based approach to recruitment may be more helpful than hiring based on experience and skill.

Context Throughout the course of the Fit for the Future project, we noticed the very specific language that providers used to describe their...

Argyll and Bute joint commissioning in care at home

This is a story about bringing people together with a shared purpose to build partnerships based on collective change. The Fit for the Future project worked with Argyll and Bute council, NHS Highland and providers from the independent sector to develop ideas to improve the commissioning and delivery of care at home services across Argyll and Bute. An reflection on this project can be found here.

Context There are currently 15 providers of care at home delivering support across Argyll and Bute. Currently, 79% of all care at home is provided by...

Redesigning care at home: Primecare’s story

This is the story of a care at home provider that wanted to work differently. Primecare Health began their journey wanting to become specialised in helping people living with dementia to achieve their outcomes, but learned along the way that it wasn’t just about dementia. This case study explores how co-design can be used to support change and learning, and how care at home providers can make little changes for big impact. 

We would like to take the opportunity to express our thanks to the participants in the project including the members of the co-design group and Alzheimer Scotland for their invaluable contributions.

The beginning Primecare are a care at home provider who at the time of this project delivered care and support to people living at home across West...