Permission to care was written in 2013 by Wendy Hawskworth and Andrew Blythe. Wendy and Andrew work in a mental health service in Brisbane Australia, Andrew as a consumer consultant and Wendy as a nurse educator.
This is their story of exploring values within an acute inpatient unit.
This writing represents the early days of Andrew and Wendy’s work to understand Values Based Practice. It illustrates their thoughts and conversations as they reflect on practice to consider the service in which they work from a values perspective.
They use the four skills of VBP; Awareness Knowledge Reasoning and Communication to frame their insights and consider how these are placed within current practice.
One of the difficulties they found of being values aware was a feeling of frustration and isolation. It is hoped that this writing may help others who are also facing similar challenges to feel validated.
The reader is invited to join Andrew and Wendy on their journey of exploration and reflection as they walk through the unit.