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Respiratory Team supports care home education to reduce hospital admissions.

West Hampshire Community Integrated Respiratory Service is supporting nursing homes across West Hampshire by holding a series of respiratory education programmes to develop their skills and confidence in the care of Respiratory patients.

The team have specifically designed a three day education course for nursing home staff introducing respiratory care, managing respiratory care patients and how to manage deteriorating respiratory patients.

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West Hampshire Community Integrated Respiratory Team

The programme consist of a variety of interactive workshops and talks by respiratory specialists. The day was also supported by a variety of pharmaceutical sponsors. 

Victor Kiri, Sales Representative from main sponsor GSK commented,

It was a great opportunity for GSK to be able to support the Respiratory Education programme and something we were very excited to be part of.  It is really important to recognise the amazing work that our community health care professionals do for the elderly and therefore, supporting their education is something that we are proud of and hope to continue going forward.’

Maria Garrett-Marley Nurse Facilitator from West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group added,

 ‘The main aim of these sessions is to ultimately ensure care home staff are provided with the knowledge and understanding to avoid patients being admitted to hospital when they can be treated in their care home. We hope that across the three days it will also provide care home staff with an opportunity to network with fellow care home workers and share best practise.’

Having already held two out of the three programmes the team have received valuable feedback already.

 ‘The programme has provided me with a great insight into how we can manage hospital admissions as well as the need for care plans. The talks have also given me confidence in the NICE guidelines in how to determine where we can provide the best care for my residences at home or in hospital’. - Anne Powell, Harrier Grange Care Home in Andover.

Rachel Hardstaff, Respiratory Service Lead organised the events after identifying a need to educate nursing home staff. Having already held two out of the three programmes the team have received valuable feedback already.

 The project is in an initial pilot stage however, following the success of the sessions this month we are looking to expand and make the programme a more permeant fixture. The team are excited to offer this opportunity to nursing homes and will continue to champion the education programme.’

The events were a great success with lots of learning and sharing, more sessions will be held in the future. For more information about how to book a place, cost or to register your interest please contact shft.respiratoryeducation@nhs.net .