A survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes has highlighted the good work they do and identified the key challenges they face.
Commissioned by Public Health England and undertaken by the Marie Curie Research Centre at Cardiff University, with input from the National Council for Palliative Care and Hospice UK, the survey examined the role of specialist palliative care in providing support to care homes in England.
One hundred and eight specialist palliative care services based in hospices, the community or hospitals were surveyed between November 2016 and January 2017. 90% of those surveyed had been providing services to care homes for 10 years or more. Just over half provided services within one Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area, while 5% covered 5 CCGs. 72% were specifically commissioned to provide palliative care support in care homes, while the other … Read More »
Louise Thomas and Kelly Kaye set out the principles of an “immersive learning” programme to raise standards of dementia care practice in hospitals
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Caring Times, December 2016
South coast care provider Agincare and Weymouth College have launched a new training initiative – The Agincare Health and Social Care Academy.
Both the college and Agincare believe that a strong partnership between business and education is a key way forward in developing the very best career opportunities and the two organisations will work in partnership to offer a wide range of clear pathways for a rewarding long-term career in care.
Agincare group chief executive Raina Summerson said she hoped the academy would raise the profile of the sector and attract more people into studying and working in social care.
“As examples from job roles across our services show, social care is an immensely rewarding sector in which numerous and diverse career pathways can be pursued,” said Ms Summerson.
“Weymouth College’s Health and Social Care course is outstanding and we are … Read More »
Caring Times, November 2016
VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) and NDTI (National Development Team for Inclusion) have published the second edition of a guide which explains how the health charter can be used by social care providers. This practical new resource supports the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and aims to reduce inequalities in healthcare which were highlighted in a recent report.
Whilst organisations sign up to the charter to outline what they will do to boost people’s health, this accompanying self-assessment tool helps organisations measure progress and develop action plans for improvements.
More than 100 adult social care employers are already signed up to the guidance, which covers issues such as how to ensure all staff understand and apply the principles of mental capacity laws and how to listen to, respect and involve family carers. The resource includes practical steps on providing staff training on … Read More »
Caring Times, November 2016
Care worker Elaine Philpott decided to try using the pedometer offered by her employers – and found herself walking nearly 90 miles in the first week.
Domestic assistant Elaine, who works for Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale – part of the Springhill Care Group – was surprised to find that she had covered more than 23,000 steps in one day. This was more than double the NHS 10,000 steps-a-day challenge or five miles which is also running nationally.
The group – with two homes in Lancashire and one in Bristol – handed out pedometers to all of its 400-plus staff to encourage them to take an interest in their fitness levels as part of its Caring Heroes initiative. In the first week alone, Elaine made 178,000 steps, equivalent to almost 90 miles and averaging more than 17,000 steps per day … Read More »
How can care staff be encouraged to take a broader view of behaviours that challenge? Ian James and colleagues explain how an exercise in empathy helped staff gain a better understanding of these behaviours
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Talking Mats provides a model of communication training for teams working with people with dementia in interim care and long-stay hospital settings. Joan Murphy, Jean Alexander and Ann McLinton explain how it works and why it is a valuable tool.
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Involving people with young onset dementia and their carers in training courses can be beneficial for learners and trainers. Raymond Smith, Ann Ooms and Nan Greenwood analyse people’s experiences of involvement in a course for care workers and managers
Vol 24 No 3 Pages 14-15
An announcement of the Department of Health’s intention to create a nursing associate role has been welcomed by provider representative body Care England.
Care England’s chief executive Professor Martin Green has pointed out however, that several initiatives to create a hybrid, or intermediary role between a nurse and care worker already exist, having been devised and piloted in care homes by care providers and by Care England.
“We would like to see the Department of Health bring together these work streams to create a standardised accreditation for this new role, and invest in the care sector which is presently suffering from a severe nursing shortage,” said Prof. Green.
“The problems caused by the 20,000 nurse shortfall are not exclusive to the NHS. There are 50,000 nurses working in the social care sector who relieve considerable pressure from acute and primary care. We would … Read More »
A ‘Dementia First Aid’ course in a NHS Trust is giving carers problem-solving tools to care for their loved ones and easing pressure on services. Arun Jha describes how it works
Vol 23, No 5, Page 15