Hartford Care’s largest ever cohort of student Care Practitioners have begun their training programme with a series of workshops designed to help them towards their graduation later this year.
The latest workshop headed by Jane Hastie, Hartford Care’s Group Clinical Lead, centred on the principles of clinical observations such as good hand hygiene, gaining consent from our residents especially those lacking capacity and looking for indicators of declining health.
The students also spent some time learning about the heart and how blood pressure works together with the respiratory system, oxygen saturations and temperature.
They then had an opportunity to take part in practical exercises such as reading blood pressure using an automatic machine and comparing it with the manual method using a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer.
This is the third workshop the student CPs have completed, the first two were Communication and Engagement and Positive Performance Management, both delivered by Vicki Heenan, Hartford Care’s HR Director.
This year’s cohort comprises: Jade Butchers (Springfield Nursing Home); Leanne Keeping (The Laurels & Pine Lodge); Sadie Greenough (Belford House); Molly Seamons (Tegfield House); Karlene Cardy and Mirabella Birloaga (The Elms); Hollie Wilson and Kate Wojtas (Highfield Nursing Home) and Michelle Stride (West Cliff Hall).
Afterwards, Leanne said of the workshop: “I was looking forward to the course as I have done some of the tasks previously, but it was quite a few years ago.
“Due to me being out of care for many years, I feel the training I have received has been very beneficial to me and has given me a full refresher on how to check all vital signs when a person becomes unwell.”
The Care Practitioner Programme comprises 13 workshops, the students graduating in September.
This is the fourth cohort of Hartford Care team members to undertake the Programme.