Joint Training Newsletter Autumn 2017

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Wecome to this Autumn edition of the Joint Training Newsletter which will give you some insight into our recent activities.

New logo and website

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Customers may have noticed that we have an attractive new logo - this has been designed by James Hudson and Melanie Basford from the Joint Training team in conjunction with David Hall-Salter from the Shropshire Council Communications Team - we are delighted with the logo which truly reflects the role and purpose of Joint Training.

We also have a new refreshed Joint Training website where you will find all the latest information in relation to our courses, additional resources, bespoke training etc.  There is also a very interesting trainer profile section where the individual trainers introduce themselves - their enthusiasm for the job really shines through and we are very lucky to have such dedicated and professional people working within the team.

Recognition and Evaluation event

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This event was attended by over 40 learners from the Independent Sector, Community Health, Acute Hospitals, Severn Hospice, Shropshire Council and Shropshire Rural Housing, representing 69 learners who completed the Care Certificate and/or City & Guilds Awards or Certificates with Joint Training in 2016-17.  Certificates were awarded in the areas of Dementia Care, End of Life Care at levels 2, 3 and 5 and Advocacy at level 3.  Andy Begley, Director of Adult Services and Housing, Shropshire Council provided opening comments, Councillor Lee Chapman, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care Shropshire presented the Certificates of Achievement and closing comments. Gary Kirlew, Education Coordinator for Severn Hospice and Palliative Care  was the key note speaker talking about the benefits of working in partnership, allowing us to achieve far more by working together than we would separately.  Gary quoted an old African saying “if you want to travel fast go alone, if you want to travel far go together”.  The evaluation identified how Joint Training can improve and expand on what we offer and what learners and employing organisations do differently as a result of the training.  This was a wonderful event, provided in an informal atmosphere enjoyed by all.


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Do you know how to talk to someone who is worried or distressed?


The SAGE & THYME® foundation level workshop (3 hours) teaches:

  • A memorable structured approach for getting into and out of a conversation
  • How to empower patients/carers who are worried or distressed
  • Communication skills that are evidence based

Workshops, delivered under licence from the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust who own the model, are now available. Six trainers from Joint Training, the hospice and SaTH are working together to roll out this training in partnership - sessions are available as follows:

Thurs 18 Jan (09:30 – 12:30) at Severn Hospice, TELFORD

Thurs 25 Jan (09:30 – 12:30) at Severn Hospice, SHREWSBURY

Thurs 8 Feb (09:30 – 12:30) at Severn Hospice, TELFORD

Weds 28 Feb (13:30 – 16:30) at Severn Hospice, SHREWSBURY

Thurs 8 Mar (09:30 – 12.30) at Severn Hospice, SHREWSBURY

Thurs 29 Mar (09:30 – 12:30) at Severn Hospice, TELFORD

Thurs 26 Apr (09:30 – 12:30) at Severn Hospice, TELFORD

Please note that there is a charge of £25 for delegates from the independent care sector.  To apply for a place please click the apply for a course button at the end of this newsletter.  We are grateful to Health Education West MIdlands for supporting the funding of this valuable training in 2017-18. 

For more information please visit SAGE & THYME

Mental Health First Aid Training

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Mental Health First Aid is the immediate assistance given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained.  Jade Matravers, RMHN, QN and Vicky Dudley RSW, Substance Misuse are in the process of completing the MHFA England training to become approved trainers and will be able to deliver this course by early next year.  Further details will be issued once dates are available.

NEW Leadership & Management Courses

A new suite of Leadership & Management courses has been developed and is now available, with a number of the courses having already been delivered and very well received.  These are half day courses enabling learners to access crucial training without the need for a full day away from the office – we know from feedback that this is important to managers and team leaders:

  • Supporting Sickness and Returning to Work in Health & Care
  • Principles of Supervision and Performance Management
  • Principles of Effective Time Management for Managers
  • Principles of Managing Change and Supporting your Staff
  • Principles of Managing Conflict in your Teams

For more information and course dates please see our Course Brochure

    Domestic Abuse Briefings

    With the new Domestic Abuse Strategy due to be launched in early 2018, Joint Training and the Safeguarding Shropshire Children's Board (SSCB) are planning to deliver two hour Domestic Abuse briefings, covering what domestic abuse is and the support available in Shropshire.  As soon as these dates are available we will update the website.

    Children’s safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we now have two members of the Joint Training team able to deliver the SSCB Raising Awareness and Protecting Children module.  This can be provided on a single agency basis and if it is of interest to your teams please contact Joint Training to discuss further.

    New Courses Available

    • Autism and Substance Misuse
    • Person Centred Positive Risk Taking
    • Substance Misuse: Alcohol in the Community
    • Substance Misuse: Working with Parents who Misuse Substances
    • Supporting People with Downs Syndrome

    For more information and course dates please see our Course Brochure

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      And Finally...

      As we come towards the end of another busy year we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, funding partners, learners, trainers and friends Seasons Greetings and Very Best Wishes for 2018