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COVID-19 information for the Learning Disabilities Collaborative

Learn in your own time

Wessex and the West of England Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), and West Hampshire CCG, funded by Health Education England, have collaborated to produce a series of free videos and e-learning materials to support staff working in care homes to care for residents who are at risk of deterioration.

The short training videos produced with Health Education England are freely available in a HEE YouTube playlist. These introductory films help spot the signs of deterioration and serious illness such as sepsis in patients.

Each video is around 3-4 minutes each – it will take just over 40 minutes to watch the series.

Recordings of our virtual Learning Disabilities Collaborative webinars

On our Learning Disabilities Collaborative webinars, we share local and national updates relevant to those working in the learning disabilities sector.

Topics in the spotlight are:

• COVID-19
 • Recognising and responding to physical deterioration
 • Annual health checks
 • Looking ahead to this year’s flu vaccination programme

You can watch recordings of the Learning Disabilities Collaborative webinars here. 

Recently, good practice recommendations, COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes advised staff in care homes taking vital signs to use the RESTORE2 tool to recognise deterioration, measure physical observations and communicate concerns to healthcare professionals. This may be useful information for those supporting people in their own homes as well.

Learning so far during the COVID-19 response has identified that staff who care for people with learning disabilities and autism could benefit from this training, either to refresh existing skills or to up-skill where this is less familiar. A list of the training we are providing is detailed in the purple box below. 

We have also compiled a number of items below:

  • accessible resources;
  • clinical guidance;
  • making information accessible
  • and support, resources and training for care providers. 

If you have any questions, please contact our patient safety team. 

People with learning disabilities and their carers (family member or support worker) can have a free flu vaccination to help them stay well this winter. Visit NHS England and Improvement to download high resolution resources, a communications toolkit and grab pack for professionals (which includes letter templates, posters, videos and leaflets). 

Book a place on our free online training sessions

RESTORE2 mini is for non-registered care staff and paid support staff who are not expected to perform observations, and covers “soft signs” of deterioration and structured communication. This training is particularly suitable for non-medical care settings, such as residential homes and supported living, as well as for domiciliary care providers. Book RESTORE2 mini training here.

RESTORE2 includes training on taking physical observations, including using pulse oximeters, and calculating the NEWS2 (national early warning score) and is suitable for all non-registered care staff, as well as being a refresher or upskilling for registered staff. It builds on the learning from the RESTORE2 mini session. Book RESTORE2 training here.

The train-the-trainer session will give those who have responsibility for training and supporting others the skills and confidence to deliver RESTORE2 and mini sessions. Book a train-the-trainer session here.

These sessions are aimed at homes in the West of England region. If you are from outside of the area, please contact your local AHSN to access local training.

In our own words: why RESTORE2 training makes such a difference

Since December 2019, more than 1,400 staff from 150 care providers in the community have taken part in our free RESTORE2 online training programme.

Staff who have attended our training regularly get in touch with us to let us know how their use of RESTORE2 is making a huge difference to the care they are able to provide their residents, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read training attendee stories here.

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Support, resources and training for care providers

Free training and resources for care providers - whether you’re in a nursing or residential home or providing domiciliary care. Take a look to find out more about how we can support you to care for residents and staff.

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