Workforce Development – Dementia and Palliative Care

What was the issue you were addressing or working on?

Reducing levels of delayed discharge from hospital by providing specialist care at home or in care homes in the community; avoiding unnecessary admissions to hospital by supporting community-based alternatives to hospital admission; expanding and promoting choices for older people in anticipatory care planning; ensuring staff have the right skills to be able to appropriately and effectively support people at home.


What you did?

The Partnership agreed to allocate Change Fund monies to support the development of workforce training in care at home and care home staff in dementia and palliative care.  The training for care at home staff is being supported through Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre self study courses.


What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?

Older people with dementia or palliative care needs have the option of remaining at home/in their care home or returning home or to their care home after hospital, with staff being trained to provide the specialist care needed.  The training programme being offered to care at home staff is currently funded to the end of the Change Fund programme but will continue thereafter through facilitator training that is accredited to allow continuous development.


Contacts - to find out more

Lorna Muir, lorna.muir@renfrewshire.gov.uk  0141 618 5638