Karen Paine RGN BSc(Hons) - Clinical Skills Facilitator
2022 – looking back, what a year!
We have always wanted to do things differently at the Digital Innovation centre, less power points, less talking at you. More engagement, more virtual reality, more quality, more safety, more laughter, more learning.
Our vision here is bringing learning to life through simulation, skills and scenarios, which we know will change the way you provide care improving and embedding. Our evaluations corroborate that too.
January was a month of meetings and planning with Lisa Doherty from dementia support services to develop a bespoke dementia awareness day. No PowerPoints, interaction, games, quizzes, fire, water, singing and lived experience. We also began work with Kent Surrey and Sussex alliance health network to continue teaching how to recognise signs of deterioration (RESTORE) and with Kent Community Health Trust – both wanted to deliver a course that would support staff to attend it and then be able to confidently provide care and interventions from day one.
In March we collaborated with many partners to bring you courses to support you in the workplace
Macmillan, Cheisi (respiratory) Catheter care, Diabetes and others. We also delivered Infection Control courses and Mindfulness sessions to improve mental and physical wellbeing (delivered virtually)
May welcomed Mags Harrison and the ESTHER philosophy - ‘what matters to ESTHER, not only what is the matter with ESTHER’. A person centered, quality improvement programme, facilitating attendees to present an Improvement Project at the end of it. The projects can be shared on our website, sharing skills, practice and no need to re-invent the wheel with social isolation, and a plethora of other improvements.
We launched ESTHER in May with e learning/Improvement Coach training and webinars, and continued month on month to September with our other courses, updating and changing them – we always listen to your feedback.
We also worked with Nottingham Rehab Services to provide Simulation Based Education for Occupational Therapists in the system and supported the use of Technology in the home.
October showcased our two weeks care home programme, delivered with KCHFT and we taught, person centred care, communication, IPC, diabetes, dementia, falls, end of life, deterioration, safeguarding and basic life. After this 2-week period we signed off some delegates care certificates- we think this is groundbreaking.
November, we went all out- literally and delivered the Deteriorating patient to Domiciliary care in Thanet (Caremark) and we plan to do much more of that in 2023- can’t come to us, no problem!
December, we blitzed the deteriorating patient RESTORE2MINI training, twice a day three times a week virtually.
2023 here we come, contact any of the team to see how we can change the way you care.
Testimonials from our training courses:
Feedback from one of the homes in Care PCN regarding the RESTORE2 training - Noted that the session was the clearest, easiest and most engaging RESTORE2 Session they had attended. They really enjoyed it and are hoping another session may be put on again to send more of their staff to attend, with the bonus of observation competencies also it was a great day. All the homes that attended from CARE PCN also said how enjoyable and engaging the day was
Feedback from KCHFT regarding RESTORE2 training - I wish that I had done this induction when I first started working, I would have been better equipped to manage my patients.
Feedback form Hawkinge House regarding Dementia training- this is the best training I have been on.