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New training initiative set to improve Care Homes

A collaborative approach to improve training in the care home sector in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees is proving popular. 

The bespoke training programme is being delivered by the North Tees and Hartlepool Education Alliance of organisations including Stockton Borough Council, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Alice House Hospice and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. 

The training aims to help local care home staff to improve care.  It includes End of Life and Palliative Care, Dementia and Delirium training, Falls Awareness and Wellbeing of the Frail and Elderly.  This is part of a wider drive by the NHS and local authority to meet challenges within the care home sector. 

Care homes have been keen to sign up to the new training which is bein rolled out with sessions booked until the end of January 2018.  Care homes are invited to book two hour sessions on each topic offered. 

The training is being commissioned jointly by NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG, Hartlepool Borough Council, Stockton Borough Council, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. 

Paula Swindale, Head of Strategy & Commissioning, NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG said, 'This is a great opportunity to provide additional training for staff within the care home sector.  Our aim is to empower staff to provide better care for residents and assist with reducing admissions to hospital. 

'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.'

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