Care home training successes celebrated

A team who deliver training to care home staff across the area have been highlighting their successes.

The training the trust’s clinical educators have run with care homes has already led to significant reductions in admissions to hospital of elderly residents.

The team have trained staff in 26 care homes – and aim to roll out the programme to the rest of the area by 2020.

The training, which aims to help care home staff improve care, includes end of life care, dementia and delirium training, falls awareness and the well-being of the frail and elderly.

Care home staff are trained to use the national early warning score (NEWS) as a way of measuring residents who are acutely ill.

It has been proven to help give a more accurate guide to a person’s condition and help to lead to an appropriate diagnosis.

The training is part of an alliance with Stockton Borough Council, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and Alice House Hospice and is commissioned by NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG.

It is being commissioned jointly by NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG.

Sarah Hodgson, education delivery lead, said: “The team have been highlighting to staff and visitors what the training involved and how it has helped lead to significant reductions in hospital admissions.

“The training has been so successful due to the practical and interactive nature of it, as well as the dedication and commitment of the trainers, the organisations in this alliance and the enthusiasm of care home staff. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

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