Trust event to share best practice among North Devon care homes is “very successful”


Team photo insideTHE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust held its second Care Home Education Forum at the Civic Centre in Barnstaple.


The event was led by the Trust’s North Devon care homes team, which has recently been shortlisted for the national Patient Safety Awards.


The team, which comprises five nursing staff, an occupational therapist and two administrators, supports independent providers to improve the safety and quality of care for residents.


The forum was designed to share best practice and improve networking between staff from the NHS, Devon County Council and the private sector.


The event attracted 52 delegates, including a number of staff from care and residential homes in North Devon.


There were presentations by Trust staff, Care Quality Commission inspector Jo Walsh, Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group chief nursing officer Lorna Collingwood-Burke, Chris Allbrook from North Devon Hospice and companies specialising in urology and continence products.


Topics covered included falls, infection control, palliative care, feeding and swallowing problems, treatment escalation plans (TEPs) and the Trust’s new dysphagia and choking policy.


There were also talks about the NHS 111 service, the North Devon urgent care nursing team and the safeguarding adults training team.


Tracey Morrish, care homes team lead for the Trust, said: “It was another very successful forum and we were delighted with the feedback we received afterwards.


“These events are proving to be highly beneficial for all involved and we are looking forward to the next forum in November.”


The care homes team has been shortlisted in the education and training in patient safety category of the Patient Safety Awards, led by flagship publications the Health Service Journal and Nursing Times.


The team presented its entry to the judging panel in London in May and will find out if it has won at the awards ceremony at the ICC in Birmingham on Monday 6 July.


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