3Spirit provides training and consultancy across the health and social care sector, delivering over 80 different courses to a range of services settings. We aim to improve standards of care and support within social care.
Our services include:
- Mandatory training
- Bespoke training
- Direct client training
- Development of learning resources
The 3Spirit founders believe that we have a collective responsibility in our sector to ensure that corporate gains are fair and equitable, and to ensure that leadership strategies maintain the ethical and moral ideology that we aspire to. The ‘Spirit’ of our organisation remains in six main values
- Critical Thinking
We utilise these in our learning resources, consultancy and training to make the change happen.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_3-Spirit-UK.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated January 2017
1) Researching and developing innovative learning opportunities
Over the last four years to develop our education services, we have spent time researching and developing innovative learning opportunities. This has involved engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders by utilising social media and other platforms to share ideas. In our research and development, we have tried to develop resources that engage the workforce, and work well in an overstretched and underfunded services. In a very difficult social care market, on the one hand, we have had to really listen to the challenges that services are facing, and on the other meet government priorities for the delivery of social care support and protection of the most vulnerable. Our research and development work aims to identify strategies and resources to help services balance these priorities, focusing on what good care and support, and determine how to meet individual outcomes for wellbeing.
Over the last two years we have been engaging with research that identifies factors that impact on the wellbeing of individuals living with dementia. This research shows that there are several lifestyle factors which may delay the onset and progression of dementia. A broader amount of research indicates that many people living with dementia in our communities are amongst the most loneliness, which is harmful to health. To improve outcomes, we have been reviewing the evidence base, and attempting to come up with a tool that provides solutions in practice; the Home Spirit Tool.
2) Developing person-centred tools and resources
Over the past year, we have developed a The Home Spirit Tool; a portal that contains:
- Dementia Environment Audit Tool
- Person Centred Planning Tool
- Circle of Support Tool
- 3 Spirit Infographics
- Post Diagnosis Planning Tool
The Person Centred Planning tool helps agencies to reduce operational costs in assessment and reporting. It can highlight risks easily, both those that are determined by the individual as well as the care agency. The report can be produced in a shorter version (similar to a one page profile) which informs busy workers in a simple snapshot HOW to provide the support with the best outcomes for that person.
The environment audit is intended to be a proactive tool. It may reduce hospital admission and risk of falls through environment assessment. It can be used by families and individuals to identify potential assistive technologies (a requirement of the NICE Home Care guidelines 2015), which include health monitoring options, safety and activity monitors and leisure and communication technologies.
These technologies now have a much wider scope and can promote human connection and tackle loneliness. Loneliness has been linked to poor health outcomes, leading to additional financial burdens on community and NHS services. Tackling loneliness through supported use of assisted technologies is only one of the many benefits that can be introduced by the tool.
The environment audit tool also makes simple recommendations for environmental adaptation to improve independence. The environment tool will also make recommendations around how an environment can be adapted around a specific task for a person with dementia, and therefore informs and educates, offering a tailored support plan.
In addition to the development of the home spirit tool we have developed a number of informative infographics. These are shared freely on social media and over dementia awareness week almost 100,000 people around the world engaged with our resources. These resources are independently funded, and aim to challenge myths and stereotypes that impact on care, as well as get conversations going.
The bulk of our work has been in the development and delivery of learning courses. Over the past year, we have delivered over 350 learning sessions to almost 4500 students. In these courses we have tackled how to promote rights, safeguarding from abuse, work with people who have dementia more positively, how to engage and support excluded groups, work with people at end of life and deliver critical first aid in an emergency.
3) Impact of services
We have worked closely with other organisations under the umbrella of HCPA to produce scores of champions in Dementia, Nutrition and Safeguarding, who in turn, raise awareness and improve practice across their services. A joint funded venture, this project aimed to integrate health and social care practices more fully, as well as reduce unnecessary, and often distressing hospital admissions. Impact assessments conducted by HCPA demonstrate that these impacts and others have been achieved.
We have worked in collaboration with other professionals, carers and people who use services to produce learning tools and infographics that are shared freely to all those who work with us and are published for free access on social media sites. The volume of interest from across the world is evident from downloads and comments. Many individuals commenting ‘really useful resource’. We would like to secure some funding to extend this work, and properly measure the impact that this is having on services.
We have carried out impact assessments on the substantive training pathways and have identified that these are some of the many impacts that our training is having in services:
- [wpanchor id="impacts"]I make changes to the physical environment to support people with dementia to be more independent
- I have observed and report on changes which cause confusion more frequently
- I have dealt with different realities better
- I now recognise when a person with dementia is in ill-being and well-being
- I am more aware of how people feel so I can change my approach
- I have improved my communication technique, and engaged people more
- I include people more, and am more aware of stigma and discrimination
- I have used person centred planning tools
- I have adopted the PAL assessment tool
- I have completed an environment audit
- I have used more music therapy more effectively
- I have used the dis DAT Pain observation tool
Finally, we have high hopes for the Home Spirit tool as we hope to achieve these outcomes:
- Reduce risk of falls
- Reduce unnecessary hospital admissions
- Tackle loneliness, by improving engagement
- Improve wellbeing by promoting independence
However, as the tool is very much in its infancy, we are hoping to secure funding so that we are able to run a rigorous pilot, and identify outcomes.