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Unique care home improvement project vies for national award

Unique care home improvement project vies for national award updated

Judges of this year’s HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017 are in no doubt how our improved training for care home staff is helping support frail, elderly residents in our 92 care homes in east and north Hertfordshire.

The 'complex care' training programme for care home staff was shortlisted in the workforce development category of the awards and last week a top Hertfordshire health and social care team presented the project to judges.

Sharon Davies, CEO, Hertfordshire Care Providers Association, Iain MacBeath, Director of Health and Community Services, Hertfordshire County Council and Paul Fenton, Vanguard Programme manager from East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, delivered the presentation at the HSJ headquarters in London.

The three organisations came together in 2015 to bid for money from NHS England’s 'Vanguard' programme to help improve the health and quality of life of all care home residents in east and north Hertfordshire.

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

Staff ‘champions’ receive up to 18 days training in one of six specialist areas: dementia, nutrition, engagement and wellbeing, falls and fragility, wound management and health - including end of life, continence, neurological and respiratory conditions.

Care homes taking part in the scheme receive additional payments for residents with complex care needs.

A total of 217 champions have been trained since the programme began in 2015 and, as a result, hospital attendances/admission from care homes have reduced and residents’ experiences improved by being able to remain in their care home rather than going to hospital.

“We are pleased to have been shortlisted for this award. Even getting this far is testament to the hard work and innovation of our unique partnership and the work it is doing to help elderly people to stay well at home, rather than be admitted to hospital,” said Beverley Flowers, Chief Executive of East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Sharon Davies, Chief Executive of HCPA added: “We are delighted to be part of the team that is a finalist in these national awards. I was so proud to talk to the judges about the new complex care champions and share the work they are doing to link health and social care. Being a finalist for a national award shows the champions that they are leading the way and being recognised for their commitment and enthusiasm.”  

Iain MacBeath, Director of Health and Community Services at Hertfordshire County Council said, “It’s great that the work we’re doing in Hertfordshire to develop the skills of our care workforce have been recognised. As a local authority we understand the difficulties in retaining talented and professional people to work in the industry. We’re committed to working with our partners to harness talent and to invest and empower our care practitioners to provide the highest quality of care possible.”

Winners of the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards will be announced in London on 24 May 2017.

Notes

Our NHS Vanguard programme ‘Better care in care homes’ is a partnership between East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Hertfordshire County Council and the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association. To find out more please visit the website: www.enhertsvanguard.uk

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