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Improving access to training within our Care Homes

A new role in Frimley Health and Care is helping to co-ordinate and improve training across the system, helping care home staff to feel supported and confident in their roles. Mandy Holdstock explains more about her work. “My role as Training Coordinator is varied with my main focus being working with Care Homes to assess their training requirements and co-ordinate consistent provision. I have asked Care Homes to tell me what their priorities are with regards to training and how they access what they need, whether that be internally provided or from an independent training provider. I’m working with a smaller number of care homes as a pilot but the aim is to role this out across the whole system.

I also organise the new Care Home Forum which covers the whole footprint. This Forum aims to bring together Care Home Managers and Clinical Leads from the care homes across the three locality areas to allow sharing of best practice and networking opportunities with homes that they wouldn’t necessarily have had access to. It will also allow members of the forum to understand what Frimley Health and Care is working to achieve and introduce initiatives that will have a positive impact on the homes moving forward.

There is also work to be done with care homes and medicines management around continence care, and a catheter passport will be introduced very soon. The passport aims to provide all of the information that a home will need about their resident and the reasons behind having an indwelling catheter. We will be providing training for this so there is full understanding of what and why it has been implemented. We hope the passport will help to provide better more co-ordinated care for the resident.”