Shaw’s Granary adopts the Butterfly approach

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Caring Times, March 2014

A North Somerset based care home has launched a specialist dementia training programme for staff in order to gain the ‘Butterfly Service Status’ kitemark.

The Granary, part of the Shaw healthcare Group, in partnership with leading dementia care consultancy and training company Dementia Care Matters, is working towards further developing the dementia care services provided by the home, by launching a yearlong specialist training programme, as well as showcasing best practice. The Butterfly kitemark comes off the back of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report which found the Granary to be fully compliant with its standards of care.

The Granary, the first Shaw healthcare care home to undertake the ‘Butterfly Scheme’ will be joining 60 other care homes based across the UK and Ireland that have achieved or are working towards the butterfly kitemark.

The launch of the training programme will see The Granary and Dementia Care Matters host a series of professional development sessions over the year, which will look at new and innovative ways for staff to create a productive community amongst those residents who live with dementia.

The training programme aims to give staff new improved skills eliminating task orientated work and building on new ways to work each day, creating a happier, more productive lifestyle, with improved daily wellbeing and feelings of self worth.

Anne Thompson, area manager for Shaw healthcare, said: “Through the new training programme and working closely with Dementia Care Matters, we will be enhancing the Granary and its community, as well as the overall specialist dementia care we provide. For us, it’s about providing our residents with a secure environment and give the feeling of belonging, which is why we’re doing away with staff uniforms to give the personal touch and ensure our care is person centred and enables residents to connect with those around them.

“The training modules also ensure that our residents’ families are informed throughout the whole process so that they can see the positive changes to their loved ones care environment and understand what the training means when it comes to dementia care best practice.”

Sally Knocker, head of tailored training at Dementia Care Matters, continued: “We are looking forward to working with The Granary on our exciting culture change Programme. They will be part of an elite number of care homes in the UK and Ireland who are putting dementia care as the focal point of their services.”

To mark the launch of the programme, the Granary hosted a special event last Friday, attended by staff and healthcare professionals, as well as senior figures from Shaw healthcare, North Somerset Council and local charities, including the Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK.

Suzanne Hughes, director of care and operations at Shaw healthcare, commented: “It was pleasure to be part of the launch of our Dementia Care Matters training programme. Achieving the Butterfly kitemark means that Shaw healthcare and The Granary are working towards building a care environment that is proactive in enhancing the lives of our residents.”

Shaw Healthcare chose to work with Dementia Care Matters based on their excellent track record for improving dementia care. Shaw have in the past two years enrolled staff onto diploma training across the UK to ensure that they are able to make key improvements across the group and raising standards of dementia care throughout their services.

Across North Somerset Shaw healthcare owns and operates eight services of care covering a range of care provisions which includes elderly care, mental health and learning disability support. For more information about The Granary and Shaw healthcare visit <>  

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