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Meeting the training needs of the care home sector: Can the CETL Bus help?

Abstract:


This is a joint initiative between CETL and My Home Life programme (MHL).  MHL is a UK-wide initiative concerned with improving quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people (www.myhomelife.org.uk).  The initiative is led by Help the Aged, in partnership, with National Care Forum (represents not-for-profit health and social care providers) and City University (Professor Julienne Meyer and Tom Owen) with an unrestricted grant from BUPA Giving. 
Older people living in care homes have substantial and complex healthcare needs, which require the full range of healthcare services.  However, there is considerable evidence that older people in care homes are not receiving the healthcare services that are their right (NCHR&D Forum, 2007).  The care home workforce draws primarily from the social care sector and does not always have the required level of skills to assess poor health, offer treatment or make appropriate referrals to others.  Skills-training is urgently required in this sector and this pilot project explores whether the CETL bus can help address this problem.  Learning on the CETL bus needs to be supported and reinforced in practice by health care professionals, and so this initiative also seeks to involve PCT partners.

Julienne Meyer

Reference:
NCHR&D Forum (2007) My Home Life: Quality of life in care homes. A review of the literature. Help the Aged, London (
www.myhomelife.org.uk)




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