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Issue:- 27 March 2015

Trust staff help develop national Care Certificate

Picture shows Nicky Williams, Assistant Matron Nurse Education and Training, left, and Carol Fowler, Matron Performance and Standards, with some of the staff who took part in the Care Certificate pilot

HOSPITAL staff in Southport and Ormskirk have helped develop the national Care Certificate to support the training of healthcare assistants and support workers.  The Care Certificate meets concerns raised in the Cavendish Review that followed the inquiry into the quality of care at the former Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. The review found formal support and education for healthcare assistants and social care support workers was inconsistent. A common national qualification was needed to assure the public that all those who provide care achieved a minimum standard of training.  Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust was one of 13 health and social care organisations that was asked to pilot and report on the effectiveness of a care certificate to NHS England.  Nicky Williams, Assistant Matron Nurse Education and Training, said:- "Healthcare assistants found working towards the Care Certificate hugely useful, not least because it underpins our values as a supportive and caring organisation.  The certificate developed their confidence and improved job satisfaction. They also felt better supported, learning more about what good practice looks like and gaining the confidence to challenge poor practice if they saw it."

From April 1 2015, every healthcare support worker new to the NHS will need to pass the Care Certificate. The Trust is also considering incorporating the certificate into training for other health care support workers. Nicky said:- "The care porters give can be overlooked in a clinical environment like a hospital but they play an important role in comforting and putting patients at their ease.  We wanted them and our patients to benefit from the Care Certificate, and a small group of porters and domestic staff took part in the pilot. Those who did said it made them feel more valued as part of a team and helped everyone understand people's different roles. I am proud of the NHS and Southport and Ormskirk trust, and the staff I have worked with while piloting the Care Certificate who are a credit to themselves, the organisation and the teams they work in. Their enthusiasm, commitment and desire to make a difference is something to be celebrated."

Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive, said:- "Caring is everyone's business in our Trust. Whether you are a porter, a nurse or a member of the domestic team, thanks to the Care Certificate they will be empowered to play their part fully in making sure patients are safe and properly cared for."

Conference to discuss 'kinship' care

A conference is being held in Liverpool on Friday, 27 March 2015, to promote awareness of kinship care. Kinship care is where a child who would otherwise end up in foster care is placed with a family member or a close friend of the family.

It has huge advantages as it ensures continuity of care for the young person because they remain with someone they know, but the council is keen to know what more it can do to support carers.

Liverpool City Council currently spends £5 million supporting children in kinship placements who are living with their family members subject to Special Guardianship Orders and Child Arrangement Orders.

Speakers at the event, which is taking place at Everton Football Club, include Pauline Thornley; the founder of PADA (Parents Against Drugs and Alcohol), Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus, West Derby MP Stephen Twigg and representatives from the City Council, including Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald.

The delegates will include carers, young people, social workers, housing providers and Merseyside Police.

Councillor Jane Corbett, Cabinet member for children's services, said:- "We have around 90 kinship carers in Liverpool and we know from experience that it is hugely beneficial for the children as it means there is a level of continuity of care for the young person.  We really value kinship carers, often they are members of the child's extended family. We will be listening very hard to what they tell us, and coming up with ideas in order to strengthen their relationship with Children's Services.  I will also be taking the opportunity to thank them for doing such a fabulous job for Liverpool children."

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