Joint Training newsletter - Autumn 2019

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Newsletter - Autumn 2019

Skills for Care - Centre of Excellence

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“A Centre of Excellence has demonstrated exemplary learning and development provision, exhibited innovation and continual development and can prove they've delivered high quality improvement to the services they work with. They can also show full commitment to the Leadership Qualities Framework"  Skills for Care web site

Joint Training is delighted to report that we have been awarded 'Centre of Excellence' status by Skills for Care.  To achieve the award we provided evidence of our practice and how this contributes to the upskilling of workers to improve the experience of health and care provision for the people of Shropshire.

Skills for Care Guide - Recommendations for CQC Regulated Providers

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To deliver ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ care and meet Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards, your service needs to have safe and competent staff, including leaders and managers.  Skills for Care helps adult social care employers to get the best from their most valuable resource - their people.  They have developed a guide Recommendations for CQC Regulated Providers which outlines practical support, including free guides, events and funding opportunities, to help leaders and managers to recruit, develop and lead your staff, retaining them from entry level right through to senior roles.

In support of these principles, Joint Training provides a range of Leadership & Management courses which include half day 'bite size' sessions and a three and a half day Manager Induction Standards Programme which provides underpinning knowledge for the eleven standards covered by the Skills for Care Management Induction Standards 2016 (revised).  For more information on these courses please see our Training Booklet.

Suicide Prevention Z Cards Launch: Pick up the phone, You are NOT alone

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Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Suicide Prevention Network have developed a Suicide Prevention Z-Card which will be launched in September 2019.

The card, titled “Pick up the phone you are not alone” provides brief advice on what to do and who to contact if having suicidal thoughts or concerned about someone else. It is small and discreet enough to be placed into a pocket, wallet or purse so can be carried around easily.

The launch is planned to coincide with a memorial walk for those affected by suicide on September 8th 2019 at Priorslee Lake in Telford between 2 – 4 p.m..  This is supported by Touched By A Suicide, a Telford based organisation supporting individuals bereaved by suicide and working alongside the Suicide Prevention Action Group.  Joint Training will be providing cards at future training courses and will be able to signpost individuals who want to access supplies to distribute more widely.

Suicide Prevention Training - an update by Claire Leenhouwers, RMN, Learning & Development Officer for Mental Health

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Due to the emotive subject matter, my co-trainer Vicki and I have found delivering this course to be challenging at times (we’re only human!) -  but we both agree that this is the most rewarding thing we do because ultimately we hope that by spreading these valuable messages we can save lives.  We work according to the Zero Suicide Alliance three steps: See, Say, Signpost and would encourage as many people as possible to spend 20 minutes doing the free online training that they provide.  We support the work of the Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Suicide Prevention Strategy and manage the training workstream for the Shropshire Suicide Prevention Action Group.  Our job is simple: train as many people as we can on how to prevent suicide.  This we certainly have done, with 135 learners attending just from 1st April to 15th July 2019.  We have no plans on slowing down anytime soon! 

Learner comments include:

  • I have more confidence and 100% more knowledge of what to say and do
  • FANTASTIC, thanks
  • Vicki and Claire were fab. Really powerful way to deliver a sensitive message

For further information on Claire and Vicki's Suicide Prevention course please see the Joint Training Training Booklet

Crisis Prevention Institute - Top 10 De-Escalation Tips

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Download this useful free guide of helpful tips on defusing difficult situations. These strategies are explored in more detail on our MAPA® Management of Actual or Potential Aggression training courses - for more information please call 01743 254731 or email 

New Safeguarding Courses - Exploitation and Child Sexual Exploitation

These two new courses are delivered by Corinne Chidley, Multi-agency Safeguarding Training Co-ordinator, with Lisa Gardner, Learning & Development Officer, Children's Social Care (Child Sexual Exploitation) and Vicky Dudley, Learning & Development Officer, Joint Training (Exploitation Training).  The aim is to explore the complexities surrounding exploitation and increase professionals' awareness and knowledge base. 

Places are currently available as follows:

  • Exploitation Training - 4th December 2019, 9.30am to 4.00pm, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Shrewsbury
  • Child Sexual Exploitation - 28th November 2019, 9.30am to 4.00pm, Lantern Centre, Shrewsbury

For more information please see our Training Booklet  

Safeguarding, Prevent, Forced Marriage, Modern Slavery - links to free information/online training

Home Office - Prevent Training (Free)

Forced Marriage - Awareness of Forced Marriage (Virtual College)

Modern Slavery - Identifying and Supporting Victims of Modern Slavery (e-learning for Healthcare open access)

Modern Slavery (OpenLearn, free learning Open University)

Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Board

Epilepsy Training - ESNA Refresher Guidance

In June 2019 the Epilepsy Nurses Association (ESNA) issued revised guidance on the recommended frequency of rescue medication training as follows: 

'The use of rescue medication by trained carers at the right time for the right purpose can significantly improve outcomes, reducing the risk of hospital admission and the mortality associated with convulsive status epilepticus.  Buccal midazolam is widely used to manage prolonged seizures.  Administration should only be undertaken by people who have received both epilepsy awareness and buccal midazolam training.  It is recommended that there are two-yearly updates on this training.  The administration of buccal midazolam must be delivered in accordance with the individual's protocol/guidelines.  All carers of people with epilepsy should receive epilepsy awareness training.  In addition if the person with epilepsy is prescribed buccal midazolam, additional training in its administration must be undertaken'. (ESNA June 2019)

Joint Training offers monthly Introduction to Epilepsy training sessions which include the administration of buccal midazolam where required.  The sessions are delivered by Learning Disability Community Nurses or Epilepsy Nurse Specialists - for more information please see our Joint Training Booklet.

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