Skillsoft: Care home staff are not being trained properly
In a bid to raise standards of care given to the elderly, learning pioneer Skillsoft is urging care home directors to look again at how staff are trained.
The standard of care afforded to the elderly has come under increased scrutiny recently with many care homes struggling to meet a basic level of care or provide sufficient training to ensure all staff understand their roles and responsibilities. For example, figures from the Care Quality Commission show that 30 per cent of nursing homes do not have a 'do not attempt resuscitation' policy in place, but of those which had implemented one, just 37 per cent of staff had received training on it.
The predicted rise in the number of workers within the adult social care industry - by at least half a million to more than two million will also magnify any shortcomings in training over the next few years. This makes it all the more important for care home directors to put appropriate measures in place now.
Skillsoft is using this year's Skills for Care conference in London on March 14th to offer advice to the care home sector on how an e-learning approach can provide a flexible training tool for staff as well as help meet the raft of industry regulations. The company will also be launching two new courses focusing on improving staff awareness of 'end of life' care and understanding the legal safeguards that protect vulnerable people from an inappropriate 'deprivation of liberty'.
Duncan Shine, regional sales director at Skillsoft, said: "It is sad to see care home staff not being trained to the adequate standard - especially as the number of people employed in the sector is set to rise.
"Training should not be seen as just a box ticking exercise but needs to form a much broader, strategic part of the business. E-learning offers an easy and cost effective way to provide regular training sessions and refresher courses, which play a vital part in ensuring standards of care are not only met but maintained.
"As regulatory compliance within the industry increases and policies and procedures continue to change and be updated, those businesses that have put effective training measures in place will find themselves one step ahead when it comes to keeping staff updated and not just meeting but exceeding standards."