Chi™ - Consultancy & Workshops.
Evidence based framework for care model, support teams and management.
Enhancing wellbeing and its outcomes:
We make caring an exciting, aspirational and fun profession.
We place life affirming social care and support at the heart of positive community experience.
Creativity and sense of Freedom
Our model is centered on the fundamentals of being human, meeting those needs often reduces a majority of symptoms and ensures optimal independence, mood and lived experience, meaning clinicians can treat the key issues, not the ancillary complications. Your team can share the best of times and experiences as is possible, instead of fire fight un-necessary expressions of stress, anxiety, frustration, stigma, lack of person-hood and poor wellbeing.
So why creativity and sense of freedom? Being creative is the fundamental nature of humanity, every decision, conversation, action, thought, imagining, the construction of the world around us and our own identity are expressions of our relationship, personally and, as a community with creativity. Every human society, on the micro and macro scale revolves around creative activity. Alongside the sense of freedom, it is central to our mental health.
However small the context, from making basic choices and responding to the world around us - to creating works of art, creativity is the pillar that opens up the way to a sense of freedom, that we have autonomy, a degree of mastery both socially and of our surrounding environment, that paves the way for the construction of a healthy sense of identity.
Leadership & Team:
Our model is not about control, but freedom within an evidence based, but wide ranging framework that gives your team the confidence to explore approaches to support that come naturally to them - understand the key impactors on wellbeing of the daily experience, and become experts in their own right at supporting the people they work with.
Your team and leaders understand what impacts wellness and quality of life, they see and feel the impact they have on the people they support and are able to self moderate their actions and behaviors to improve and enhance their own service - they see the difference this makes and feel great about it - and share it with their colleagues - this is the proven driver of staff retention, reduced sick days and increased productivity... generating a happy, active and passionate team that is much easier to recruit to.
Human Nature & Human Habitat
The Chi™ model is all about taking into account the basics of human nature. Research demonstrates that from whatever walk of life you come, whatever condition or issue you may be living with, or working through, there are basic, proven causes of stress, and causes of wellbeing that effect us all.
The Chi™ model is about empowering staff teams through this wide ranging evidence base, to ensure the causes of wellbeing are magnified for the people they support and work with, and the causes of stress are minimised. This results in an empowered, creative and collaborative approach to social care and support, where leaders, teams, the people and community involved are able to take positive responsibility for one another in an entirely new de-stigmatising active, engaged and inclusive culture of every day life, care and support that is relevant to us all.
This happens within the context of a physical environment. We have studied with care how building layout, decoration, architecture and interiors effects staff teams, residents, users and the wider community. As people become increasingly vulnerable, sensitive to stressors, reduced mental capacity and so forth, they become increasingly sensitive to social and physical friction within a given environment. Our model goes so far as to explore and explain how new building typologies are possible and can be implemented on an evidenced basis to enhance positive social behaviors, active engagement, sense of person-hood, and lift the spirit. We can increase team efficiency and decrease team stress. Such new building typologies do not cost additional monies compared with standard models and create an opportunity to re-position social care as a positive, enriching part of any community, entirely overturning the reputation and associations of the past. Creating positive, attractive and highly aspiration hubs of wellness within a community.
Identity, Community and Belonging
It is possible, through daily life and routines, to build in the tools, opportunities and experiences that support communities and individuals toward healthy, positive identity development, a sense of belonging and a meaningful active relationship with wider community life.
We work with Leaders and Teams to support them to understand the cyclic route from the senses, feelings, choice making, activity, active experience and feedback that leads to the formation and transformation of identity.
With this knowledge teams become confident in working together to structure experiences, activities, days, weeks, months and routines, to create the optimal environment for positive identity formation. Using their knowledge of the people they support and working positively with them they will be able to create flexible approaches to every element of each day that optimises opportunity for positive identity formation. This not only creates the foundation for enhanced wellbeing and the benefits it brings, but also is key to accelerating positive engagement with, and effect of, any ongoing clinical treatments.
If you are able to be creative and feel free, have the needs of your human nature positively met within a supportive environment, and have the tools and support you need to build a positive identity with a sense of belonging, togetherness, and community, then you can be sure that whatever additional mental or physical health issues you are living with, that despite those, you will be as well, productive, positive and active as possible, with the minimum of symptoms. The team around you will be at their happiest, most efficient and productive - the relationship secure and trusting. That is social care, surely at its best.
We support Leaders and Teams to embrace their work as part of a thriving, active, positive community that lifts the spirit, engages a sense of personhood & creates positive identity.
We work to create a daily individual and community experience where meaningful lives, wellbeing and all its proven clinical, economic and quality of life benefits blossom.
With the Chi™ model, we work with you, creating evidence based systems, care and support models to achieve substantial outcomes:
For Team, Management & Leadership
- Increase staff job satisfaction, productivity, sense of purpose and happiness
- Reduce staff stress and sick days
- Increase staff retention
- Outcomes measurement of services moved to evidence based measures for wellbeing and affect
- Reduced sense of burden for management, enhanced team working and clear understanding of their role in the wellness of the people they support and teams they lead
- Control over care model for management and toolkit for identifying, fixing and improving service where issues arise over time.
- Reduce sense of burden for team, service users, family caregivers and friends
- Boost community engagement and volunteer numbers
- Enhance reputation of your company through new positive, exciting evidence based language around the service offer
For the people you support
- Reduce and prevent development of challenging behaviors
- Reduce symptoms of depression
- Increase positive social behaviors
- Enhance measurable wellbeing of the people you support
- Increase positive engagement with, and accelerate effectiveness of, clinical interventions
- Create an inclusive, active community culture that is focused on equality in the potential for meaningful engagement, enjoying the present and able to benefit from a sense of the spirit of togetherness.
- An aspirational and positive expression of social care, relevant and beneficial community wide.
We provide consultancy and workshops,
that give you ownership of the Chi™ framework, greater wellbeing and its outcomes for your leaders, team and the people you support.
Refresh the spirit of your organisation, bring an active community ethos and a rich understanding to your people and places - how to enhance wellbeing, reduce stressors and lift the spirit through daily experiences.
We will walk you through this process in the form of consultancy and workshops, with the support of our workbooks, giving a solid, lasting, evidence based framework for sustainable positive change, that is nonetheless flexible to match your team's skills, and the unique people they work with.
Articles and detail of our model and work: