Care home training has first major success

NEW training for care home staff has hit its first major milestone after staff in two homes became the first to complete it.

More than 60 staff from Kirkdale and Allison House in Stockton have completed all four topics of the training.

The training, which aims to help care home staff improve care, includes End of Life Care, Dementia and Delirium training, Falls Awareness and the Wellbeing of the Frail and Elderly.

It is provided by the North Tees and Hartlepool Education Alliance, a partnership of Stockton Borough Council, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Alice House Hospice and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

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

Staff at Kirkdale and Allison House nursing homes, run by charity Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Centre (Clevearc) have said they would highly recommend the training to other care homes

Pam Jones, Care Assistant, said: “The training has been among the best we have ever completed and has improved our knowledge on how to work within challenging situations and has given us skills which we were able to take directly back into the care we give to our residents.”

Kevin Bullas, also a Care Assistant, said: “The trainers were so enthusiastic and empowered us to make changes ourselves so that we continue to provide the very best care for our residents. “We have made changes to the care we give here which has improved the experience for our residents.”

Sarah Hodgson, Education Delivery Lead at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very pleased to be celebrating our first group of staff to complete this training.

“We have put a lot of work into making the training as practical and interactive as possible, so it is fantastic to hear such positive feedback from the staff who have completed it.

“This is thanks to the dedication and commitment of the trainers involved as well as all of the organisations in this alliance.

“Our aim next year is even more ambitious – to train staff from care homes across Stockton and Hartlepool by offering five topics of training which will help all care homes with the wellbeing of their residents.”

Paula Swindale, Head of Commissioning and Strategy at NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG said: “It’s fantastic news that this training is proving so successful with staff who have already completed it.

‘We believe that the investment in training care home staff is vital for the health and wellbeing of our local population and is just one of the many initiatives the CCG supports to ensure people receive the care they need to remain at home, avoiding the need for a hospital admission or if admitted are able to return home and be supported by confident and competent staff.’

Chief Executive of Clevearc, Gayle Tweed, said: “I would like to congratulate the staff for their achievements in successfully undertaking this training and to say thank you to our Training Manager Lorraine Joy on her hard work in helping the staff here complete the training. I’m sure the training will have a on-going day-to-day positive impact on how we support those in our care.”

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