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Care home training programme shortlisted for award

Care home worker and resident

A training programme supporting care home staff to deliver better care to frail, elderly, residents has been shortlisted for a major health industry award.

The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017 has announced its shortlist and our complex care training – part of our Better Care for Care Home Residents ‘vanguard’ – has been shortlisted in the workforce development category.

Our ‘vanguard’ is a partnership between East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Hertfordshire County Council and the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association. 

The complex care training programme gives care home staff more confidence to look after frail, elderly people with complex conditions, improving their health and quality of life and preventing unnecessary and potentially distressing admissions to hospital.

Staff ‘champions’ in ‘vanguard’ homes receive up to 18 days training in one of six specialist areas:

  • dementia
  • nutrition
  • engagement and wellbeing
  • falls and fragility
  • wound management
  • health - including end of life, continence, neurological and respiratory conditions. 

A total of 166 champions have been trained over 66 care homes since the programme began in 2015. Since then hospital attendances/admission from care homes have reduced and residents’ experiences have improved by being able to remain in their care home rather than going to hospital.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. Even getting this far is testament to the hard work and innovation of our ‘vanguard’ partnership and the work it is doing to keep elderly people in their homes, rather than in hospital,” said Beverley Flowers, Chief Executive of East and North Hertfordshire CCG.

Sharon Davies, Chief Executive of HCPA added: “We are extremely proud of the valuable work we and our partners have put into the ‘Complex Care Premium Framework’ and delighted to receive recognition for the improvement it brings to managing clients with complex care needs across Hertfordshire.” 

Colette Wyatt-Lowe, Hertfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: “We're delighted to be shortlisted for this award and receive recognition for this ground-breaking and ambitious scheme which has the potential to help our care home residents live healthier for longer and reduce pressure on our hospitals.  It also demonstrates Hertfordshire’s commitment to investing in our care workforce, making sure our care practitioners have access to high quality training and opportunities for real career progression.”        

Winners of the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards will be announced at a dinner at Grosvenor House, London on 24 May 2017.