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HELP for Care Homes Partnership

Formerly the Affiliated Care Home Programme

Experts from St Christopher’s and Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice have joined together with the aim of providing high quality training in end of life care, forming the Hospice Education and Learning Partnership (HELP).

We are delighted to be working with our HELP Care Home Partners to maintain and improve the quality of care for people living in the last phase of life in care homes.

How to become a HELP Care Home Partner

You can become a HELP Care Home Partner if you are in the South East London and Croydon area.

What our HELP Care Home Partners get

Our HELP Care Home Partners are entitled to HELP educational care home initiatives run by St Christopher’s and Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.

Partners have access to discounts on other events provided by HELP (see below).

In addition, all care homes within the boundaries of the HELP local CCGs will receive the usual clinical support that St Christopher’s and Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice always provided for care home residents.

View current HELP Care Home Partners (PDF)

All HELP Care Home Partners are entitled to the following:

HELP Care Home Partners are provided with support to set up and implement ECHO, a community of learning linking several care homes in each borough.

Using a hub-and-spoke model, care home staff are facilitated to present real cases for discussion and learning.

The ECHO team works closely with clinical nurse specialists and other members of the wider multidisciplinary team. The curricula for educational sessions are decided by care homes.

Upcoming ECHO sessions for HELP Care Home Partners

Bexley Nursing & Residential Homes
Tuesday 12 January 2021
ECHO Launch Event

Bromley Nursing & Residential Homes
Wednesday 13 January 2021
Management of Infection & Sepsis
Faiza Mehdi, Bromley GP Alliance 

Lewisham & Lambeth Nursing Homes
Tuesday 19 January 2021
Management of Seizures
Emma Hall, Consultant, St Christopher’s 

Lewisham & Lambeth Residential Homes
Tuesday 26 January 2021
Communicating with People Living with Dementia
Helen Scott, Nurse Lecturer, St Christopher’s 

Croydon Nursing Homes
Wednesday 27 January 2021
COPD & Asthma
Medical Team, St Christopher’s

Croydon Residential Homes
Tuesday 2 February 2021
Frailty
Helen King, Project Manager – Age Attuned Palliative Care, St Christopher’s

Greenwich & Bexley Nursing & Residential Homes
Tuesday 9 February 2021
Recognising & Assessing Pain
Speaker TBC

Bromley Nursing & Residential Homes
Wednesday 10 February 2021
Anxiety & Depression
Dr Shalini Sharma, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Lewisham & Lambeth Nursing Homes
Wednesday 11 February 2021
Nutrition & Weight Loss
Lorna Pearce, Dietitian, St Christopher’s

Lewisham & Lambeth Residential Homes
Tuesday 23 February 2021
Anxiety & Depression
Dr Chris Mueller, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Croydon Nursing Homes
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Communicating with people living with dementia
Helen Scott, Nurse Lecturer, St Christopher’s

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What is ECHO?

 Project ECHO is a ‘not for profit’ initiative which aims to bring together specialist teams and primary health care providers, such as care homes, to enable learning and support. The goal is to improve best practice and empower participants to make informed decisions when problem solving in their place of work. 

The heart of the Project ECHO model is its ‘hub’ (in this case St Christopher’s) and ‘spoke’ (care homes, GP’s, district nurses) knowledge sharing networks, using video conferencing to form communities of practice, supported by a trained facilitator and administrative/IT support from St Christopher’s. 

What are the benefits of participation? 

Allows staff to participate in training without leaving the care home, reducing lost working hours, travel time and travel costs 

  • Enables staff to build confidence whilst acquiring new skills and competencies 
  • Care homes can network and learn from one another – share ‘best practice’ and become a ‘community of practice’ 
  • Opportunity to present and discuss challenging case studies and receive feedback from a multidisciplinary team of specialists and peers 
  • Open access to ECHO training resources and recorded sessions 
  • Tailored to the learning requirements of your specific ‘community of practice’ 
  • Access to specialist knowledge 

What does a typical ECHO session look like?

A typical ECHO session may look like this: 

  • Introduction & reflection
  • 20 min PowerPoint presentation from the hub on the agreed topic followed by discussion 
  • 1-2 case presentations from spokes followed by discussion 
  • Summary 

Introduction to End of Life Care for Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals

  • Day one is FREE to HELP Care Home Partners and offers an introduction to the topic areas
  • Day two and three are advanced in depth sessions and are offered at a discount to HELP Care Home Partners
  • Courses are delivered online with a blend of virtual classrooms and self-guided on demand materials

View upcoming course dates  

Introduction to End of Life Care Course for Health and Social Care Assistants

  • Day one is FREE to HELP Care Home Partners and offers an introduction to the topic areas
  • Day two is an advanced in depth session and is offered at a discount to HELP Care Home Partners
  • Courses are delivered online with a blend of virtual classrooms and self-guided on demand materials

View upcoming course dates

We run a series of 2 hour virtual learning sessions for our HELP Care Home Partners on various topics related to care homes and end of life care as well as dementia care.

Upcoming sessions:

Virtual Community of Practice – Activity Coordinators
4 February 2021, 2pm-4pm

Maximising Resident’s Engagement in Activities
“Occupation is one of the fundamental aspects of person-centred dementia care and the session will look at useful strategies for engaging people with dementia, to improve their wellbeing.”
Speaker: Helen Scott, Nurse Lecturer, St Christopher’s
https://eu.eventscloud.com/200217780

As part of the HELP for Care Homes free skills workshops will be facilitated three times a year.

Each workshop will focus on a particular topic and will take place on site at St Christopher’s.

Topics include challenging conversations, the use of syringe pumps and medications at end of life and dementia.

Upcoming workshops:

Virtual Skills Workshop
25 February 2021, 10am-12pm

Syringe Drivers & Subcutaneous Medications at End of Life
“Develop and refresh your skills in syringe driver management and extend your knowledge on EOL medications and their subcutaneous administration.”
Speakers: Ros Cook, Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Christopher’s
https://eu.eventscloud.com/200217821

St Christopher’s Hospice facilitates Registered Managers Network meetings in conjunction with Skills for Care. These are available for all care homes, regardless of whether they are an HELP for Care Home Partner.

For HELP Care Home Partners, an additional three Registered Managers Network meetings will be available throughout the year. These sessions will focus on change management, leadership and key challenges around end of life care.

Upcoming Registered Managers Network Meetings:

3 February 2021, 10am-12.30pm
Supporting Residence with Activities
“Supporting residents with engagement in activities and a chance to explore the importance of activities in improving a resident’s quality of life. Sharing good practice and ideas and how you as a manager can facilitate activities.”
Speakers: Lisa Watkins, London Borough of Bromley, and  Cressida Rapela, Avenues
https://eu.eventscloud.com/200217696

25 February 2021, 2pm-4.30pm  
Namaste
“This taster session that will Introduce the Namaste programme, an approach that integrates compassionate nursing care with individualised, meaningful activities for residents with advanced dementia. It will explore how sensory input can enhance the quality of life at the end of a residents life, and how you as a manager can introduce the principles to your home.”
Speaker: Sarah Guyan, Complementary Therapies Lead, St Christopher’s
To register your interest please email Margaret.Sharpe@skillsforcare.org.uk

18 March 2021 (HELP Care Home Partners only)

HELP Care Home Partners have fully funded access to our webinars and Bite Size Virtual Learning Package for three months.

VIEW ALL VIRTUAL TRAINING

This course is for registered nursing staff that have support to verify expected deaths in their workplace. You can obtain a free code from education@stchristophers.org.uk to book online.

VIEW SESSION INFORMATION 

Steps to Success end of life care programme and toolkit is available on demand and can be requested by HELP Care Home Partners.

View the Steps End of Life Care Toolkit

HELP Care Home Partners are entitled to discounts on courses run by St Christopher’s Learning Hub.

Please view our range of accredited and non-accredited education and training related to the care of people in the last phase of life.

If you are interested in becoming a HELP Care Home Partner please contact education@stchristophers.org.uk

*Affiliation is not a Quality Mark but a term to describe care homes that are  working with St Christopher’s Hospice who provides education on end-of-life care and dementia. The new Affiliated Care Home Partner Service Level Agreement (SLA) replaces the previous SLA system.

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