Sarah Robens and Lisa Smith wanted to know how a “Memory Matters” education and advice course was experienced by participants. They share the results of their evaluation
Vol 26 No 1 Pags 32-34
How do you train care home staff when staff turnover is high and everyone is busy all the time? Laura Cook and colleagues report on the findings of a potential solution in which staff themselves were recruited to train their colleagues
Vol 26 No 1 Pages 16-18
A guide was launched in early June to help care homes provide better support for the hundreds of thousands of service men and women in living in care settings in the UK.
Produced by Demos think tank, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust and the Care Cluster of Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities), the guide will be sent to all UK care homes and care home provider headquarters.
Demos director Polly Mackenzie said the guide had been created in response to the 2015 Demos report ‘Under-Served’.
“The report found that veterans can face a range of challenges while living in residential care, yet managers and staff lack the information and resources they needed to know how best to support them,” said Ms Mackenzie.
“The aim of the guide is to fill that gap.‘Supporting Military Veterans in Residential Care – a practical … Read More »
Bradford based Czajka Care Group has become one of the UK’s first care operators to take a proactive stance on dealing with workplace stress by incorporating dedicated training into the induction programmes of all its new employees.
Following the success of a pilot scheme, the company now plans to offer the training to its entire team who work across its five care homes in West Yorkshire. All new starters at Czajka Care Group participate in a minimum four-day induction programme at the firm’s training centre, located next to its Bradford headquarters.
The specialist ‘stress buster training course’ is provided by My Wellbeing College, which is part of Bradford District Care Foundation Trust. It focuses on recognising signs of stress, staying calm and focused in uncertain situations, and it looks at how good organisational skills can reduce stressful situations.
Konrad Czajka, managing director of … Read More »
Students have until Friday, February 2nd to apply to enter the Care Innovation Challenge, which takes place at the Oomph! Wellness HQ in Wimbledon on February 17th and 18th where teams from across the country will spend two days of intensive ideas generation, development and prototyping.
Teams must consist of two or three people, made up of students (undergrad, postgrad) or graduates who are one year post-graduation. The competition is open to students from all faculties and disciplines and teams do not need to be focused on technology. The competition is also open to any other individuals (non-students) with an idea for the care sector to apply as a team.
The Care Innovation Challenge has been created in response to the growing challenges and mounting pressure on the care sector, the aim being to work with creative and entrepreneurial individuals and teams to … Read More »
An apprenticeship scheme run by care home and retirement housing charity Anchor has been rated the best in the country.
Anchor, which is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, has come tops in the Rate My Apprenticeship Award, coming-in ahead of Virgin Media, Deloitte, Land Rover and BAE Systems.
The award saw apprentices from across the UK rate their apprenticeship, basing their views on how valued they feel, the support they get on programme, development opportunities and how much they earn.
“We’re incredibly honoured to be voted the number one employer of apprentices, especially as it is our apprentices’ feedback which has got us there,” said Katie Rankin, Anchor’s qualifications & apprenticeships manager.
“We’re passionate about developing future talent, giving young people the opportunity to gain new skills and make a real difference to older people’s lives. We’re extremely … Read More »
Caring Times, October 2017
Staff from Buckinghamshire New University visited Sunrise of Purley recently to learn aboutaspects of dementia care.
The Skills and Simulation Team at the university is seeking to enhance its nursing teaching programme and has drawn inspiration from the dementia-friendly environment at Sunrise of Purley, to continue its practice-based learning opportunities for its students.
The university’s staff observed the way in which Sunrise team members interact with residents who live with dementia, the way the care community is decorated, and also learnt about the memory boxes that are created and displayed outside residents’ rooms.
The visit, which was carried out by the university’s skills & simulation facilities team leader, Samantha McCormack, and area technician, Kelly Milligan. Samantha and Kelly will incorporate what they learnt into the five-minute dementia and communication simulation that they have developed, which allows students to experience what … Read More »
‘Pioneers of social care’ was how Dr Claire Royston described the care professionals who attended the Best Practice conference in Birmingham on September 20.
Organised by Caring Times and sponsored by Four Seasons Health Care, the event brought together dozens of examples of forward-thinking and best practice from care homes across the country.
In her keynote address Dr Royston, who is group medical director for Four Seasons, said care homes needed to raise awareness of the many initiatives being taken to improve the lifes of elderly people and those with special needs.
“There are wonderful things happening in the sector but we don’t always shout about it,” said Dr Royston.
“It is a huge problem that many in the NHS feel that only they have the answers and that they need to tell the care sector what to do.
“We are all pioneers and it … Read More »
Fionnuala Edgar describes how using different methods of teaching and learning – experiential learning and simplifying key concepts – had the potential to bring about practice change in a way that had not been achieved previously
Vol 25 No 5 Page 32
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 »