In order to provide the greatest care for residents, care home staff need to have the right mix of skills and knowledge. We're committing to providing training and helping staff to develop their knowledge base where possible.
Through discussions with our care homes and the work that is undertaken by the Care Home Support Team, as well as outcomes of discussions held in the Joint Intelligence Group, we were able to identify gaps in training and education.
Prior to the Vanguard, there were initiatives taking place to improve training and education opportunities for staff within Sutton. We've been able to build on this further to develop an enhanced package of training opportunities and resources that provide ongoing development for care home staff.
Bespoke training on Bowel Management and Catheter Care
This training is delivered annually by specialist nurses from Sutton Community Health Services to facilitate and provide nurses and care staff with the theoretical knowledge and skills to safely undertake certain procedures.
Health and Social Care Training
In 2017 the Vanguard partnered with the London Borough of Sutton to deliver their learning and development programme on health and social care, which is aimed at all care home staff.
The package includes a combination of e-learning modules and classroom based training, and a variety of dates are available throughout the year.
The topics covered include Infection Control and Bereavement, Moving and Handling, Positive Dementia Care, Sensory Awareness amongst many others, but the Vanguard have commissioned the following:
- Bowel Management
- Catheter Care
- Nutrition and Healthy Living
- Falls Prevention
- Wound Management and Pressure Area Care
Each course is professionally delivered by the relevant service lead in question.
Workshops on the safe management of medications are held six-monthly by the care homes pharmacists, and sessions are tailored for nurses and senior carers as well as all care staff.
Sessions have included the safe handling of medicines, inhaler techniques, diabetes and direct oral anticoagulants. They were also used as an opportunity to provide training on the resources which are launched, these include the Standard Operating procedures, Homely Remedies Guidance, Sick Day Rules and Waste Prevention.
Managing the Deteriorating Patient
A full day workshop on identifying and managing the deteriorating resident was tailored for and delivered to nurses and senior carers. The interactive day included skills behind recognising changes in the resident; cause, action and escalation; and ongoing management.
Oral Health Workshop
A half day workshop for nurses and senior carers was delivered by the Department of Community Special Care Dentistry of King's College Dental Hospital. Topics covered included oral health assessments, diet and oral health, medication and oral health and practical advice and tips for maintaining oral health.