The training we provide covers a range of subjects including falls awareness, MUST, accountability and documentation, dignity in care and recognising the sick and deteriorating resident.
The training can include reflective discussions, team workshops and one to one training and takes into account best practice reflecting changes in regulation, national and local health and social care policies. This training is usually delivered at the care home itself.
We also hold CPD events throughout the year and have included such subjects as tissue viability, nutrition and end of life care. These whole day events are great opportunities for care homes to network and gain knowledge of current evidence based practice.
Additional details on dementia training and pathways are available here.
- Accountability and Documentation – Overview of code of conduct, accountability awareness, duty of candour, documentation. Applies to both nurses and HCAs.
- Person Centred Care Planning – The training provides support to write care plans in a person centred way.
- Catheter Care/Continence – Promotion of continence within care homes. General catheter care.
- Diabetes Awareness – Type 1 and 2 diabetes. Hypo and hyperglycaemia. Complications of diabetes and healthy eating.
- Dignity in Care – The training provides insight into providing care in a dignified manner.
- Dysphagia – Under review. Cannot be requested at present.
- End of Life Awareness – EOL awareness, Shared care Record, ,RESPECT, ‘Just in Case’ bags
- T34 Syringe Pump – Session includes instruction on how to set up and monitor Syringe pump. Guidance on indications for use, and safe practice.
- Infection Control – Infection control awareness, precautions and procedures
- Falls Awareness (mix of PowerPoint and practical) – Methods demonstrated using the CHST Sensory Loss Suit to help staff understand a range of causes of falls to help reduce the risk of further falls for residents. (Specific cases may be discussed in the session and targeted care plans formulated).
- Mental Capacity Act (2005) – A quick guide for care home staff Aimed at all staff to give a basic understanding of the 5 key points of the MCA, an understanding of the 2 stages to a capacity assessment and how to access further info on MCA and DoLS.
- Gloucestershire Meaningful Activity and Wellbeing Network (3 hours) – Aimed at activity staff, carers and managers providing activities for people they support. Meetings held in 4 Gloucester localities in March, July and Sept.
- Sensory Loss Experience (mix of PowerPoint and practical) – A chance for staff to experience hands on how older people with limited movement and/or sensory loss (which may also include dementia) experience their environment. A variety of mobility aids are used. Focus on falls awareness and eating/drinking.
- Seating awareness – Are your residents sitting comfortably? This training helps care and nursing staff address basic seating and posture management issues faced by residents sitting in standard seating. Offering tips and techniques to address the most common of seating issues where referral to a seating specialist is not appropriate. Can be done as combined sessions or individual.
- Helping People to Eat and Drink / Oral Health. To understand what makes it difficult for residents to eat and drink independently.
How to help people to eat and drink
- Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool & Nutritional Screening (MUST) – A toolkit to identify residents who are at risk of malnutrition. For nurses and health care assistants.
- Bowel health/hydration – To understand the importance of adequate hydration and fibre intake in the promotion of bowel health. We will also
explore how adequate hydration improves general quality of life.
- Medication Administration Records (MARs) Training / Missed Dose – Looks at how to complete a MARs correctly, in line with regulations. To understand the consequences of missed medication doses particularly for residents with Parkinson’s disease.
- PRN – Understand when and how to use as required medicines appropriately.
- Covert Administration of Medications – Making a mental capacity assessment and a best interest decision, and writing pharmaceutical care plans.
- Pressure Area Prevention/SSKIN Bundle – The training provides an understanding of and how to prevent pressure sores.
- Tissue Viability Training – Tissue Viability Training on wound care and dressings using the Gloucestershire wound formulary
- Appropriate Use of Emollients – A short session to introduce the Countywide Guidance for the prescribing and application of Emollients in Care Homes. For nurses and health care assistants.
Recognising the unwell resident
- Recognising the Sick and Deteriorating Resident/NEWS/SBAR/Sepsis – ABCDE assessment, sepsis, overview of NEWS 2, SBAR
- NEWS 2 training – Overview of NEWS 2, how to complete using scenarios.
- NEWS 2 chart – How to complete a NEWS 2 chart with scenarios
- Basic observations – How to take basic observations with competencies
- Blood glucose monitoring – How to take blood glucose readings with competencies.
Mental Health Specific Training
Please note: It is recommended that people have attended dementia awareness training before coming on any of the below training courses delivered by the mental health team. (To book on 1 day dementia training, please see next page for booking).
- Communication and practical skills based session (2 hour session) – Top tips for communication. Gain awareness of the process and experience of dementia. Practice skills that will support being able to connect with a person living with dementia.
- Dementia Doll Therapy (30 minute session) – Introduction and over view to doll therapy and the do and don’ts.
- Gloucestershire 5 Step Approach (2 hour session) – Explore behaviours that challenge. Personalised care planning.
- Delirium – (sudden change) (2 hour session) What is delirium and how to recognise it, spot it, treat it and prevent it.