Background As a solution-focused practitioner, solution focus (SF) is at the heart of everything I do. So when I joined the hospice as Wellbeing Coordinator and Therapies Assistant against the backdrop of a recent service review, there was an obvious question: Could there be a place for solution-focused working in our ‘new’ wellbeing service?
Aims My best hope at the outset was that by introducing a solution-focused approach to the ‘Living Well Programme’, we might foster and promote a way of working that invited everyone in the wider team to think about service provision through a different lens – one of possibility rather than deficit.
Method SF was introduced to the Living Well Programme in a number of different ways:
Delivering in-service training and SF coaching to colleagues.
Co-creating a preferred future through SF conversations.
Modelling the approach to therapists in joint sessions with patients.
Bringing SF language into therapy conversations and offering therapists feedback about their SF interactions with patients.
Working collaboratively with the Therapeutic & Wellbeing Operational Lead, SF techniques were also used to design and deliver a Team Away Day and formulate a strategy for the service.
Results SF foundation training has been delivered to Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy teams. Therapists have seen the power of SF as a technique for motivating patients and are starting to embrace the approach and integrate it into their practice. SF techniques are being used to formulate strategy and underpin Therapeutic & Wellbeing service development.
Summary A willingness to embrace this new way of working, coupled with confidence in the SF approach, appears to be an effective contribution to therapy-led holistic assessment in the wellbeing service. Early signs suggest that SF can work well as a complement to the shift in the narrative, away from ‘illness’ and towards ‘wellness’.
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