Tools

Tools are objects that aim to support people perform a function to achieve a desired outcome. A suite of tools that seek to enable a common outcome make up a toolkit.

Like any kind of tool, a tool designed to support people to consider community and societal issues is never used for its own sake. Instead it supports a practice of engagement when thinking about issues and working with other people. This means that your toolbox needs to contain many other elements alongside your tools; considering the approach you embody, language you use, the values and assumptions that are complicit in your actions and intentions, and the context you are working in are all important. All of these additional elements combine to affect the outcomes of interactions in which tools are used.

Co-design tools

co-design tools

Co-design tools can be used to enable people to discover other peoples' perspectives, develop and define ideas and deliver those ideas. We sometimes use the Design Council's Double Diamond as one process which can support the use of co-design tools.

Fit for the Future: The future of care

A tool for practitioners to explore a vision for the future of care for older people.

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A tool for practitioners to explore a vision for the future of care for older people.

Fit for the Future: Enhancing relationships in care at home using caring conversations

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A workshop process to introduce care home staff to caring conversations.

What can this tool be used for?

Introducing care home staff to caring conversations

How do you use it?

This case study explains how the workshops can be used, and what specific exercises can help groups embrace caring conversations as an approach.

The tool breaks the course down week by week with intended outcomes, activities and examples.

Fit for the Future: Beautiful Practice Cards

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A series of blank postcards.

What can this tool be used for?

To encourage people who access support to record beautiful practice that has touched them.

How do you use it?

Give people postcards and ask them to record their experiences of beautiful practice. Explain that you want to find out more about what you do well as an organisation, so that you can do more of that in the future.

Fit for the Future: Outcomes in care homes cards

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Cards which show a series of snapshots of what life in an outcomes-focused care home might look like.

What can this tool be used for?

You could use this tool as an inspiration for what could be, as a challenge for what should be, or to help prompt the start of a process of change in your care home.

Fit for the Future: Lessons for collaboration

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Five useful points to remember.

What can this tool be used for?

Bringing people together to collaborate.

How do you use it?

These lessons can be applied to any collaborative project and should be used as ‘food for thought’ to help plan productive partnerships.

Outcomes of using this tool

Providers are able to enable collaboration.

Fit for the Future: Values based recruitment

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A series of exercises to be done with management teams, staff and people who access support.

What can this tool be used for?

Understanding and integrating organisational values into the recruitment process.

How do you use it?

The tools should be used with management, staff and people who access support. The tools offer an opportunity to:

Fit for the Future: Business planning

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Three templates of basic business planning tools

What can this tool be used for?

Creating a SWOT analysis, creating an action plan and developing a service story

How do you use it?

These tools should be used by organisations who are considering a change to their current approach of delivering care and support. They help to map out change and navigate potential barriers. Each planning tool has individual instructions or prompts to support thinking.

Plan for prevention - prompt cards

Preventing loneliness and social isolation for older people

Preventing loneliness and social isolation for older people
Cards that prompt people to think about preventative approaches to maintain and build social and community connections for older people.