Care home training shortlisted for national award

A new programme the trust is behind to train staff in care homes in the area has been shortlisted for a national award.

The North Tees and Hartlepool Education Alliance: Clinical Education and Training Programme for Care Homes has recently received national critical acclaim after being shortlisted for the HSJ Awards 2018 in the ‘Improving value in the care of frail older patients’ category.

Entries for this year’s awards saw a staggering increase from all over the NHS and wider healthcare industry, so to be shortlisted is a fantastic achievement.

It is provided by the North Tees and Hartlepool Education Alliance, commissioned jointly by NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG.

Sarah Hodgson, the trust’s education delivery lead, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for such a fantastic award.

“We have put a lot of work into making the training as practical and interactive as possible, so it is fantastic to get this recognition.

“This success is thanks to the dedication and commitment of the trainers and all of the organisations in this alliance.”

The programme is delivered through an alliance arrangement providing both registered and non-registered staff with training with the aim of providing the best possible care older people, empowering staff to make confident and informed decisions to enable care to be delivered closer to home avoiding the need for an unnecessary admission to hospital.

Historically care home providers across the CCG locality were offered training from multiple NHS and independent providers which was not coordinated and with limited evidence in relation to quality outcomes and reductions in A&E attendances and non-elective admissions for residents. To provide a more coordinated and consistent approach to the delivery of education and training to the sector an alliance approach was mutually agreed and that the programme should managed by one organisation in collaboration with other key partners including:

• Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV)
• Stockton Borough Council
• Hartlepool Borough Council
• Alice House Hospice
• North of England Commissioning Support (NECS)
The CCG commissioned NTHFT Training and Education department to work in collaboration with key training partners to deliver a package of training, focusing on the following areas of care:
• Wellbeing of frail elderly residents (NTHFT)
• Falls prevention (Local Authority)
• Dementia awareness, delirium and person centred care (TEWV)
• End of life care (Alice House Hospice)
• Support was also offered to nursing staff going through the revalidation process

In addition to the formal training elements the programme has supported the implementation of digital technology incorporating the National Early Warning Score system (NEWS) , using handheld devices which provides accurate information on health indicators to care home staff to aid early intervention and prevention. The CCG and Local Authorities have recognised the successes of the programme and funding has been secured for a further two years.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 7 June 2018 in Manchester at the awards evening.

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