Variety is the spice of training

In previous blogs I have discussed the importance of mandatory training underpinning daily practice; this month I would like to have a look at the other courses that we offer across the Group.

Positive holding has been a successful course that we have offered for a number of months now; it equips staff with the relevant skills to support some of our residents – this course is popular and the feedback received is good.

Our Admiral Nurse, Jakki Whitehead from Riversway, Bristol is also supporting us in developing staff by providing a deeper understanding of dementia. This has been rolled out in Riversway and Birch Green already and Springhill has a number of staff who following training with Jakki will be dedicated Dementia Champions. 

Medication training is ongoing across at three sites for all our medication administrators, we are working hard to consolidate the policies and procedures.

We have seen a lot of clinical training rolled out across the Group recently from venepuncture to catheter care to sepsis awareness to wound management – it is vital that our nurses remain skilled and employ up to date techniques; we recognise the need for ongoing clinical training and are keen to source the very best quality training available.

Oomph is a great initiative that is sweeping the 3 sites and this is proving to be very successful. It’s an activity based approach which is person centred and involves not only the activity team but the wider staff team too – the staff are fully engaged and ‘on-board’ recognising the value this brings to the organisation and more importantly the residents we are supporting.

As a learning and development function, the coordinators and I are passionate to bring new training opportunities to the organisation. Mandatory and clinical training must always take priority but we are always happy to discuss all aspects of training, funding dependent. We recognise the importance of supporting staff to achieve their aspirations and we continue to seek out and encourage the potential in everyone through appropriate learning channels. 




by Mike Lakins

Head of Learning and Development 



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