Training for Carers will Address Skills Development in Care Homes

12 December 2018 | Hospitality & Catering

Care home staff in Plymouth will receive expert training to address problems with nutrition and hydration thanks to a bespoke course designed by City College Plymouth in collaboration with Plymouth City Council and ‘Dining with Dignity’.

The bespoke NVQ qualification has been adapted as part of the Enhanced Health in Care Homes framework’s Culinary Care Team Development Programme – with 101 care homes in the Plymouth area identified by Plymouth City Council as potentially benefiting from further training.

The qualification was developed after Plymouth City Council approached City College Plymouth to be involved in a ‘Dysphagia Dining’ project. The project involved a series of workshops delivered by Gary Brailsford of ‘Dining with Dignity’, and focused on how to help those with complex needs that may need additional care to maintain a healthy level of nutrition and hydration.

The workshops were such a success that Plymouth City Council and City College Plymouth then developed an accredited qualification for those involved in the project. Using units from an existing NVQ qualification, the bespoke course is designed to address issues with nutrition and hydration.

Andrea Beddow, Hospitality Apprenticeship and Work-based Learning Co-ordinator  at City College Plymouth, who has been spearheading the project, said: “After seeing the success of the workshops delivered by Chef Gary, we wanted to offer a qualification that would further develop the objective of the Enhanced Health in Care Homes framework and meet a need in the community. We feel we have created a qualification which could really make a tangible difference within the health and social care sector and to those living in local care homes.”

Caroline Paterson from Plymouth City Council’s Quality Assurance and Improvement Team, said: “The Enhanced Health in Care Homes programme is all about providing more personalised, coordinated and consistent healthcare. It’s aims are to upskill a workforce and also to reduce the risk of malnutrition and dehydration in individuals; thus, hopefully, easing hospital pressures through impacting positively on reducing the number of hospital admissions.

Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “It is crucial to invest in professional development for care home professionals to increase their confidence and proficiency in caring for residents, particularly those with ever increasing complex needs in Plymouth. Upskilling the current workforce is more important than ever. We are so pleased to be able to collaborate with City College Plymouth to help the community and it is our hope that formalising this training with an NVQ qualification will enable more care home staff across Plymouth to benefit too.”

Those interested in creating a bespoke course for their business can speak to the College’s Business Engagement team by e-mail employers@cityplym.ac.uk or phone 01752 305026.

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