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COVID-19 information for the Learning Disabilities Collaborative

COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes advised staff in care homes (that are 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 during COVID-19 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.

This page includes a number of free training offers as well as: 

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

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

Learn in your own time – free videos

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 are freely available in a HEE YouTube playlist. These introductory films – which have been watched over 400,000 times – 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 Learning Disabilities Collaborative virtual events

On our Learning Disabilities Collaborative virtual events, we share local and national updates relevant to those working in the learning disabilities sector, people with lived experience, as well as families and carers.

Topics in the spotlight include:

• COVID-19
 • Recognising and responding to physical deterioration
 • Annual health checks
 • Oral health

You can watch recordings of all the West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative virtual events here.

Book a place on our free online training sessions

We have three courses available: 

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.

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.

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. Please note it is a requirement for you to have attended a RESTORE2 Full or Mini session in order to join the train-the-trainer training.

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

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

Read training attendee stories.

Care home resident and employee

Support, resources and training for care providers

We offer free training and resources for care providers - whether you’re in a nursing or residential home or providing domiciliary care.

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