What we do

Team Vision

‘Committed to person centred, dignified, compassionate, safe and effective care in the right place by the right staff with the right skills working together all of the time.’

What we do

The Care Homes Team provides support and structured education/training to care homes (nursing and residential), domiciliary care providers and supported/assisted living providers within North Devon.

Aims of the team

The aims of the team are to support the independent care sector in delivering a high standard of healthcare to prevent avoidable hospital admissions, reduce harm and safeguarding concerns.

The service we offer:

  • Is in line with local/national needs, policy and regulatory compliance
  • Is in line with Northern Devon Healthcare Trust vision and 2017/18 plan. The NMand NHS England’s 6 C’s
  • Promotes integration, collaboration and sharing of best practice
  • Champions respect, dignity, kindness and person-centred care.

Key Objectives:

  • To prevent avoidable hospital admissions, 999, GP and out of hours call outs
  • To reduce the risk of avoidable harm such as pressure damage, falls and malnutrition
  • To safeguard the wellbeing of those in receipt of care
  • To support the delivery of excellent standards of high quality care within independent care services across Northern Devon through the provision of support, signposting and the delivery of evidenced based education/training
  • To value, respect and work in partnership with independent care providers
  • To promote a smooth admission/discharge process where admission cannot be avoided
  • To utilise feedback and data to measure improvement and continue to develop the service based on local and national need.

Education/Training packages offered:

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Care of the Client with Diabetes
  • CAUTI – Prevention of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection
  • Delirium Awareness
  • Ear Drop Administration
  • Early Recognition of the Deteriorating Patient
  • Epilepsy Awareness
  • Epipen Administration
  • Eye Drops Administration
  • Hydration and Oral Care
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Leg Swelling – Oedema
  • Nutrition and MUST
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pneumonia and Influenza
  • Prevention and Management of Constipation
  • Prevention of Pressure Damage
  • Privacy and Dignity
  • Record Keeping for Care Homes
  • Reducing the Risk of Falls
  • Sepsis
  • Skin Care
  • Suppository Administration
  • Supra Pubic Catheter Care
  • The Prevention of Urinary Tract Infection and Hand Washing
  • Understanding Dementia
  • UTI – The Prevention, Identification and Management of Urinary Tract Infection

OT Led topics

  • Activities
  • Falls Strategy Meeting
  • Hoist Technique and Sling Insertion
  • Reducing the Risk of Falls
  • Repositioning (bed) and Slide Sheet Use
  • Seating and Posture
  • Sit to Stand
  • Wheelchair Safety

Key multi agency partners:

  • Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
  • NEW Devon CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group)
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Devon County Council (DCC)
  • North Devon Hospice
  • Petroc College
  • Primary Care/General Practice
  • Voluntary sector organisations

Last updated: October 3, 2018