Care home staff and those who work in people’s homes in Plymouth are being trained up to be ‘Health and Wellbeing Champions.’
The project is being launched by Plymouth City Council and Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) as part of their Integrated Enhanced and Specialised Care Strategy. Representatives from more than 50 care providers in the city attended the launch on Wednesday 18 January at the Guildhall.
Under the scheme, care home staff and domiciliary care workers are being trained to:
- Work with colleagues and professionals to think of ways they can be more proactive on promoting health and wellbeing
- signpost colleagues and clients to health and wellbeing services
- network with other care staff to share best practice across the city.
Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social care for Plymouth City Council said: “We are really pleased to be able to launch the Care Home Health and Wellbeing Champions project.
“Better health in the workplace is a key principle in our Thrive Plymouth agenda for improving health and wellbeing across the city and it is essential that care home staff and domiciliary care workers look after their own health and wellbeing as well as those that they care for.
“In addition the Champions will be able to advise both colleagues and clients about some of the services and projects in Plymouth, from health and wellbeing services to our Dementia Friendly work with partners.”
Matt Williams from Astor Hall Residential Home said: “It feels a privilege to be in a position where I am able to obtain education and knowledge which I can use to support colleagues and, most importantly, support clients to enhance their health and wellbeing as much as possible.”
Joshua Crouch from Bethany Christian Residential Home said: “I think that the Health & Wellbeing Champion role will help to revolutionise care in homes, and working with the Council to promote all individuals’ health and wellbeing will have a profound effect in the city of Plymouth.”
Caroline Paterson from Plymouth City Council’s Quality Assurance and Improvement Team said: “We’re very excited about this scheme, and the Champions will also be able to share their learning at our quarterly Dignity in Care Forum which aims to drive up standards in care across Plymouth’s care homes and in domiciliary care.”
Dr Paul Hardy, Chair of NEW Devon CCG’s Western locality, said: “We are very pleased to be able to work with Plymouth City Council and local care homes and domiciliary staff to support care staff to enhance their health and wellbeing, and we welcome the launch of the new Care Home Health and Wellbeing Champions.”
The training will be delivered by key health and social care partners through quarterly sessions. A network will be delivered for the Champions to provide ongoing peer support and information. There will be a vast range of topics to include falls, respiratory, Thrive Plymouth, dementia, sepsis and continence.