Joint Training Newsletter - Summer 2020

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What a strange few months it has been!  We hope that everyone is coping well with their new 'normal' and want to update you on how Joint Training is adapting to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 situation.  We have been working from home for the past four months.  Whilst this has brought its challenges there are benefits and with the use of Microsoft Teams we have managed to stay well connected - and enjoyed the support of our four legged friends (see left)!  Due to the restrictions we remain unable to deliver our classroom based courses, however we have been busy using the time to support other areas of the Council's Covid responses and to further develop a range of webinars to support organisations and services until we can get back to face to face learning - more on these below.  We have also been able to provide an online MAPA® Blended Learning programme which has enabled services to continue to train new starters and complete mandatory refreshers.  

Joint Training Digital: Webinars available

We have developed and started to deliver a number of webinar sessions to cover key topics and will be expanding the range over the coming weeks.  

The feedback has been great with learners appreciating the local context of the webinars, with a strong focus on Shropshire, including local signposting and networking opportunities. The interactive chat facility has also been found to be very useful.  

What you are saying about our webinars includes:

  • The course worked really well online.  Jade was fantastic and very interesting.  She gave us breaks every hour which was really good as before the course I was a bit worried about looking at a screen for four hours.  Once the chat was going on it felt like we were all taking part and that was really good.  I would definitely do another course on Teams because of this positive experience. (Mental Health First Aid Aware - Jade Matravers).
  • Really enjoyed the parts about the stress container and empathy- really useful to know. The amount of signposts included was brill too, will definitely be saving a lot of them as 'Favourites' on my browser. (Mental Health First Aid Aware - Vicky Dudley)
  • Trainer was approachable, explained well how we could all interact as I'm still developing my laptop skills. (Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) for Learning Disability Services during Covid 19 - James Hudson)
  • Lovely team providing the course, felt able to interact and at ease, especially as I am shielding so forget what it's like to talk to people and contribute something outside of the house.  (Diverse Shropshire - Promoting Equalities - Elizabeth Evans)
  • Link MCA to public health agenda to ensure we are moving forward with our users safely and not at the detriment of others. (MCA for ALD Services - Mary Johnson)
  • Found webinar really helpful and timely.  It was run very well and still enabled interaction which was good.  Thank you Claire and everyone behind the scenes.  (Resilience - Claire Leenhouwers)

Webinars available for booking over the coming months include:

  • Equalities & Diversity
  • Mental Capacity Act Awareness
  • Deprivation of Liberties Awareness
  • Assessing Mental Capacity Level 2/3
  • Making Best Interests Decisions Level 2/3
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)
  • Self Harm

Please see the Training Calendar for information on dates and availability.

Webinars currently being developed include Bereavement, Domestic Abuse, Dementia Activities, Epilepsy, Medicines Management, MHFA (2 day) and Suicide Prevention.  These will be added to the Training Calendar as they become available.  Please let us know if there any other topics you would like us to be providing.  


Joint Training Report: April 2019 - March 2020

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Joint Training Mission Statement

To develop and deliver development opportunities for all organisations involved in health and social care.  

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Mental Health Foundation & WWF - Thriving with Nature

Mental Health Foundation and WWF have joined forces to bring you Thriving With Nature; a free guidebook which explores the relationship between nature, wellbeing and mental health.


National Mental Capacity Forum Webinar: Testing, Capacity and COVID-19

Alex Ruck Keene, Chelle Farnan and Dr Elisabeth Alton from the National Mental Capacity Forum (NMCF) look at the law, dilemmas and good practice in testing, focusing in particular on those with impaired decision-making capacity - Webinar

Guidance - Visiting Care Homes during Coronavirus

The government has issued useful guidance on visiting Care Homes during Coronavirus.

Going forward......

We will re-commence face to face training as soon as we are safely able to do so.  In the meantime please stay in touch, let us know how we can support you and please look out for our news, updates and visit our website for latest information.  

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