Policies, policies and policies are probably the three things that services are most concerned about when thinking whether the care and support being provided is up to date, relevant, following Best Practice or meeting the ever-changing legal environment in which we work.
Services that manage their own policies do this to varying success, and even when they have produced what they think is a very good policy, with clear content, that is easy to understand and implement there may be problems. For example, when the policy has just been written the temptation is to put your feet up and admire the excellent work that has been done, but how do you know that the regulations aren’t going to change tomorrow, and you could be back to square one! I often think a policy is like a DBS check – it is only valid on the day it was written, and could soon be out of date.
Also writing effective policies is extremely time consuming, and takes you away from the purpose of your service – providing excellent care and support to people that use your service. If you are locked away researching, writing and reviewing policies how can you be supporting staff to deliver high quality services or understand what the people that use your service want or need?