May 24th 2019

Unique training sessions for carers

A unique training package has been devised for care workers by an NHS Trust to help them recognise and treat a range of health conditions affecting patients in the community.

 Clinical staff from Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust (SWBH) have worked with the STAR (Short Term Assessment Reablement) Service, over the past month to deliver the valuable sessions.

The STAR Service is run by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and delivers care to patients who have recently been discharged or require home care to avoid hospital admission.

Training covers a range of conditions, such as dementia and neurological disorders as well as looking at functional activities such as balance.

It has been put together and delivered by occupational therapists, physiotherapists and nurses all working for SWBH’s iCares – a service which provides specialist community interventions to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

 Nurse Theresa Chester, who is also the Primary Care Co-ordinator for iCares, said: “The training programme, funded by the Better Care Fund, provides training to all the STAR Service workers. “Our team, comprising of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and nurses, put together a training package specifically tailored for carers in the community.

“From a therapies point of view it covered the physical side of things, whilst nurses delivered information on a range of health topics. This included pressure area, continence and skin care management, and how to recognise Sepsis.”

 The carers can support people with daily living tasks, such as washing themselves, dressing skills, meal preparation, mobility and allows them to remain in their own homes. It’s a short term service which is provided for six weeks.Theresa added: “This training will allow the carers to have a more focused approach with the knowledge that the therapists and nurses have given them.”

 David Stevens, Executive Director of Adults Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is a great project which shows the close working relationship between the council and our health partners to ensure residents are getting the best care and support possible. The Better Care Fund is helping us fund crucial projects and together we are working hard to keep people out of hospital and keeping the safe at home where possible.”


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