Free training for health and social care support staff, volunteers and carers working in Cumbria

Free training for health and social care support staff, volunteers and carers working in Cumbria

clic-high-resFollowing the success of previous training workshops for registered nurses health and social care support staff, volunteers and carers working in Cumbria are taking part in free training sessions to improve clinical skills across the county’s workforce. The Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC) run the courses, which are also helping to create new clinical networks in Cumbria and bring benefits for patients.

This new batch of courses and workshops are designed for health and social care support staff across all sectors including: hospitals, GP practices, nursing and residential homes and care in the community, focuses on raising awareness in the following areas:

  • Skin Care & Pressure Ulcer Prevention
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Medicines Awareness
  • Falls Prevention

Project Co-ordinator Claire Watters said: “The training is high quality, relevant and free to health & social care staff & volunteers and we have taken a collaborative approach with all sectors/organisations welcome. “We know from previous experience that training is enhanced when delegates can share their experiences with colleagues. It helps to embed learning in practice. “It’s not just about attending on the day; it’s about improving care for the people who use our services by empowering staff to make changes where they work.

“The feedback has been extremely positive so far and the training often brings together health and social care professionals from different environments together. This includes acute and community hospitals, care and residential homes, GP practices, hospices & third sector groups and other community settings.

“The sessions for support staff end in February so we are encouraging people to book on the courses as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. A limited number of additional
training sessions for registered nurses will be available shortly.”

CLIC Clinical Skills Team Lead Gill Long said: “Care staff have found the training extremely beneficial, particularly learning together with colleagues from other areas and having time out to think about what they do and feeling more confident to raise any issues.”

CLIC is a partnership between health and social care organisations in Cumbria including NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group / Cumbria County Council / Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust / North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust / University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay – with training provided by University of Cumbria Faculty of Health.

Funding was provided by Health Education North West.

For more information on CLIC visit: www.theclic.org.uk/clinicalskills