Joint Training September 2018 Newsletter

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Newsletter - Autumn 2018

Welcome Claire!

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We are delighted to introduce our new Learning Development Officer for Mental Health, Claire Leenhouwers.  Claire trained as a mental nurse in London, her interest in mental health having come from lived experience as a relative of someone who has schizophrenia.  The experience really challenged her perceptions of mental illness and inspired her to want to make a difference and raise awareness, particularly around psychosis.  Claire's experience is varied and includes working on acute inpatient wards in both London and Shropshire, as well as in the community.  Prior to joining Joint Training, Claire was Mental Health & Wellbeing lead at the University of Wolverhampton, which gave an eye opening experience of the unique challenges that students face in the world of higher education and beyond.  Claire is busy developing a range of new courses on topical subjects with many more to follow e.g. 

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Suicide Prevention (dates available now)
  • Psychosis and the importance of early intervention
  • Resilience: Reflective Workshop (date available now)
  • Working with Personality Disorder (dates available now)
  • Interventions: Mental Health & Substance Misuse (date available now)

Skills for Care Endorsed Provider

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We are delighted to tell you that Joint Training is now a Skills for Care Endorsed Training Provider.  In June 2018, following a strict and robust assessment process, we achieved Skills for Care Endorsement which evidences that Joint Training delivers high quality learning and development opportunities.  We will be able to apply to be a Skills for Care Centre of Excellence in June 2019.



Under the Spotlight: Domestic Abuse Briefings

Safer Shropshire Together

With funding from Safer Shropshire Together, we have been working with the Shropshire Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) to deliver Domestic Abuse Briefings.  These two hour sessions aim to raise awareness of the hidden prevalence of Domestic Abuse, providing guidance on how to best support and guide those affected, including what to do if you feel something isn't quite right and an awareness of the specialist support services available.  We have received very positive feedback for these sessions with comments including:

  • All areas of the course were very interesting, case studies really highlighted the total control and power that is held in an abusive relationship - well balanced as an introductory course
  • Varied learning - very interactive
  • Fantastic training, both trainers effective in really pushing the message of domestic abuse prevention

Places are still available on sessions coming up over the coming months, with venues across the county. 

Tech Severn 2018

Tech 2018

You may have seen us at the Tech Severn Conference 2018, which took place on Tuesday 18 July at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn, showcasing technology that could help solve many of the challenges faced by councils and businesses across the UK.  Vicky Dudley and Jade Matravers were pleased to support the event, which was organised by Shropshire Council.  The Conference provided an ideal opportunity to promote Joint Training and reach wider audiences in Shropshire.  Jade  commented, 'it was an excellent day and it was great to be part of such an important and innovative event'. 


Lauren and Jade

We were delighted to receive this excellent feedback from a learner who had attended the Dementia Capable Care: Behaviours course delivered by Lauren Short, MAPA lead and Jade Matravers, Learning Development Officer:


"The course was very professional. I have lectured in college and university for a number of years and appreciate how much hard work has gone in to the preparation to make this two days appear so seamless. Dementia is an emotive subject, and complex, however both tutors readily engaged the group with a variety of teaching styles, which takes a wealth of knowledge and understanding to present the subject matter in such an accessible way to the group. A big well done and thank you.  Please let me know when this dynamic duo appear again and I will be first to sign on if it is relevant to my role as a staff nurse.

Learner June 2018

Skills for Care 2018/19 Learning & Development Fund for Individual Employers

Skills for Care have now opened the 2018/19 funding for Learning and Development for Individual Employers.  If you employ your own care and support staff (through personal budgets or using your own money), you can apply for funding to train you and your staff. The training can be both to develop you as an employer and to develop the skills of your PA.  The money you apply for can be to cover the direct costs of training and qualifications, travel costs and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA is attending training.  If you apply for funding to pay for places on Joint Training courses, we are happy to provide you with the evidence that you need to support your application.  Applications close on 28 February 2019 and all learning and qualifications must be paid for and started before 31 March 2019.  To apply for the funding, please fill in the application form by visiting Skills for Care or call 0113 245 1716 to ask for an application form.

End of Life Conference 2018

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Joint Training are working in partnership with the Severn Hospice, with funding from the Learning Education and Training Board to provide training in End of Life Care.  As part of this work, in July we held a 2 day conference: “Advance Care Planning in Non-Malignant Conditions; Sharing Good Practice”.  The aim of the conference was to develop understanding and promote best practice in supporting people to plan for the future:  exploring ethical and legal principles, a carers perspective, looking at application of the Mental Capacity Act, and identifying barriers in relation to formulating and recording advance care plans.  

Keynote speakers were Mary Johnson, Joint Training, who spoke on 'The Mental Capacity Act and Advanced Care Planning' and Professor Celia Kitzinger, speaking on ‘Advance Decisions Assistance’.  Local professionals in the field led workshops where learners had the opportunity to practice conversations about advanced care and future planning for end of life, through simulated scenarios with actors playing the role of patients.  Learners, including nurses, doctors, therapists, social workers and care home managers, came from the Independent care sector, Acute hospital, Community Health, Shropshire CCG, Severn Hospice, MacMillan, GP Surgeries and Shropshire Council.  

This innovative way of learning attracted 12 Royal College of Physicians CPD points and proved to be both challenging and very rewarding: an excellent learning experience.  Each day was designed to stand alone; most learners came to both, with a total of 101 attendees across the whole event.  Comments from evaluations on the day include; “Amazing, Inspirational”, “great to see documentation”, “great to have access to an expert”, “fabulous”. 

If there is a learning topic around End of Life Care that you would like us to cover, please let us know for future planning.

Pressure ulcers: Safeguarding Adults Protocol

Readers may be interested to note the recently published Pressure ulcers: safeguarding adults protocol which provides guidance on responding to individuals at risk of developing pressure ulcers, and preventing harm where they occur. 

Joint Training: Vital Statistics!

Finally we thought that readers may be interested to know some Joint Training vital statistics!


During the period April 2017 to March 2018 we:

  •  delivered 479 learning events, covering
  • 116 different course titles, to
  • 6,855 learners

Thank you for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.  As always we welcome feedback on our courses, this newsletter and any aspect of our work.  We aim to be current and responsive to current initiatives and customer needs, so if there is anything that you would like us to do, or do differently please let us know.  For full details of all our courses please see our Joint Training booklet and Calendar and for further information please email us at  .  Course applications can be made by clicking the 'Apply for a course' button below.