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Leading in challenging times is vital

Leading and supporting your team is one of a managerís most critical roles during this period of change in the health service.
Monday, 4 February 2013

That was the message from Health Minister Edwin Poots today as he addressed the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) Conference today in Ballymena.

During his address to social workers, the Minister highlighted the importance of leadership and the vision for service delivery and improvement in social care; “Transforming Your Care will have implications for every single member of the workforce and how they go about doing their jobs and staff will need to be supported to make the changes required of them.

“The biggest challenge for you, very simply, is to lead and support your staff on this journey of transformation. You need to be prepared to challenge traditional and accepted ways of doing things. To do this effectively you need the facts to support your case. You need knowledge of different models and ways of doing things. And you need to know about research studies into what actually works and improves outcomes for people.”

The Minister continued: “Building leadership and trust is one of the three key themes in the Social Work Strategy that I launched last year. The other two themes are strengthening the capacity of the workforce and improving social work services. This strategy confirms the role of social work and social care in working with vulnerable people in Northern Ireland and helping them to live safe, fulfilling and meaningful lives. Its implementation will support the reform agenda for health and social care.”

The Minister concluded by thanking Brendan Johnston, Chief Executive of the Council, who is retiring this year, for the leadership he has shown over the past 10 years in setting up and establishing the Council as the regulator of the social care workforce in Northern Ireland.

The Council has been at the forefront of many developments within the UK and has made a significant contribution to promoting public confidence in social care services and improving standards of conduct and practice in the workforce.

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