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Education and Training

The impact of our work is felt across the Island and beyond thanks to our education and training programme. We are training the experts of tomorrow and spreading our expertise across the country.

We offer a number of courses including Caring for People at the End of Life, and Caring for People with Dementia coming to the End of Life. Courses are held regularly throughout the year; to check the dates of forthcoming study days, contact Val Sprack, training co-ordinator on (01983) 529511 or email valerie.sprack@iow.nhs.uk Sessions are free of charge (non-attendance charge applies) 

Caring for People at the End of Life - entry level

This half-day course is suitable for new and less experienced staff at residential homes, nursing homes and home care providers. The aim of the study day is to familiarise staff with illness trajectories, transitions, barriers and obstacles within end of life care. It covers areas including:

  • What is End of Life Care?
  • Communication/difficult conversations
  • Dignity, compassion and spirtiuality
  • Recognising dying - priorities of care, communicating with professionals

Caring for People at the End of Life - senior level

This half-day course is suitable for experienced staff and senior carers at residential homes, nursing homes and home care providers. The aim of the study day is to help attendees to identify patients who are at the end of life and provide the appropriate support, in particular improving the co-ordination of care, continuity, quality of communication and the provisions of bereavement care. It covers areas including:

  • Managing symptoms in end of life care
  • End of life emergencies - time to act
  • Enhance communication skills 'beyond the basics'

A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the both of these courses. 

Our Caring for People at the End of their Life sessions have proved particularly popular and received excellent feedback from attendees. Comments have included:

Thought-provoking - interaction parts particularly good!
I have learnt some great tips that have built confidence in dealing with this difficult area
 

Caring for people with dementia at the end of life

This course is aimed at all Health Care Assistants and Community Support Workers from residential, nursing home and agency staff. The session provides an interactive and informal study session for people who care for people at risk, or diagnosed, with dementia and their families. The aim is for practitioners to acquire knowledge and understanding of the types and causes of dementia to support the management and many challenges of this condition effectitvely in the community.

To book a place on any of these courses, contact Val Sprack, training co-ordinator on (01983) 529511 or email valerie.sprack@iow.nhs.uk Sessions are free of charge (non-attendance charge applies)

"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."

 

Chrissie Fenton, patient