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Should care home staff all have the same, compulsory training?

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Brownhill KM (2013) Training care homes to reduce avoidable harm. Nursing Times; 109: 43, 20-22.

This article discusses a project of introducing training to unregistered health professionals working in a care home.


“This article demonstrates the effectiveness of using workshop-based education and service-improvement models in care homes. The models were designed around both threshold and predictive modelling and were intended to raise awareness of the symptoms that may result from a fall, pressure ulcers or urinary tract infections.

“The project exceeded our targets. Preventive assessments, care planning and timely referrals resulted in a reduction in avoidable hospital admissions and district nurse and GP visits.”


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  • What do you think of this project?
  • Should care home staff all have the same, compulsory training?
  • Should care homes decide on their own level of training?
  • What problems could this sort of project incur?
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  • Anonymous

    Yes care homes should all have the same level of basic training. Additional training should be provided in accordance with the needs of residents e.g. elderly mentally ill, dementia, stroke. I have worked in care homes via agencies, and unqualified staff have had no idea of the basics of care, and I witnessed harm done to residents, albeit probably unintentionally. Greater emphasis needs to be placed on the psychological and social needs of residents.

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