Staff and Training

Asquith Hall will arrange for staff to receive comprehensive, expert training regarding all aspects of mental health and dementia.

Each aspect of good practice within Asquith Hall is governed by detailed written policies, which are reviewed at fixed regular intervals. These policies are intended to guide staff, and to assist them in their roles and responsibilities.

Asquith Hall will maintain the following documents in the clinical areas for staff reference:

  • Deprivation of Liberty
  • Action for elder abuse
  • Mental Capacity Codes of Practice
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Codes of Practice for Social Care Workers
  • Codes of Practice for Employers of Social Care
  • Care Standards Act 200
  • Health and Safety Act 1974
  • National Service Framework for Older People
  • Medicines Act 1968
  • Misuse of Drug Act 1971

A clinical resource library of articles, books, information and training packages are also available.

The home is an accredited centre for the provision of non violent crisis intervention training and advanced communication skills. Staff training is lead by team leaders Chris Hartley & Lee Grattan.

The home is working towards the Gold Standards Framework Quality Systems for care of the dying and Investors in People recognition.

Training & Induction Planning

All staff regardless of grading or status will receive full induction to the philosophy of care, statement of purpose, service users guide, aims and objectives, policies, procedures and contractual rights of the service users. This will take part of the nursing homes generic induction, timed in relation to the initial trial periods.

All care staff will be guided through the common induction standards set out by Skills for Care.

Additional targets will be in relation to the desired / necessary development of vocational qualifications.

Staff will also be related to best practice or national guidelines for excellence. Also essential knowledge base of Introduction to Mental Health Training, Dementia Awareness, Nutrition, Advanced Communication Skills, Limit Setting, Behavioural Interaction, Challenging Behaviour, Safety Breakaway Techniques and Non Violent Crisis Intervention in theory and practical C & R.

The reviews for these targets will be in three-monthly intervals and also form part of the annual appraisal given to staff.

The roles of mentors, supervision, appraisal and staff welfare may indicate further learning. Also advanced delivering learning and teaching, assessing qualifications will be accessed. Audit and monitoring of standards will be key to the quality assurance of the home.

Topical aspects of our role will dictate the teaching of aspects of the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty, Safeguarding and Basic Ethics.

The introduction of Palliative Care and the role in Dementia Care, Advanced Care Planning and the Gold Standards Framework will be delivered as we join a new phase of pre-accreditation.

NVQ studies will continue including vocational learning in aspects of admin, catering, therapeutic activities, hospitality, housekeeping and cleaning as well as traditional care 2, 3, 4 and RMA awards. Additional team leader roles will be developed.

The brief outline is not exhaustive but essential to this is the core values of understanding our client group, negotiation of care planning, risk assessment, choice, diversity, mental health and behaviour models, tools, which include observation levels, behaviour models, tools, which include observation levels, behaviour monitoring and various other complex care management needs not specific to age.

The written documentation of our learning will be available as evidence in the form of a training and development policy, development plan, SMART planned and basic certificated evidence. Evidence for some staff will be in the format of a reflective diary and alternative formats for learning. Also access to formal accredited learning, e learning and traditional classroom based subjects. Future plans will strive for others to learn in our environment through student nurse mentorship and other colleges of further education.

The Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training Programme
The Crisis Prevention Institute was established in 1980 and addressed the need for training in safe, respectful, non-invasive methods for managing disruptive and assaultive behaviour. This ultimately provides the best possible care.

We at Asquith Hall are an accredited Nursing home for the training programme. It helps our home to reduce:

  • The risk of injury to the resident or staff member.
  • Comply with legislation mandates.
  • Meet regulatory standards.
  • Meets accreditation standards.
  • Is resident centred.
  • Many other positive aspects.

We promote the philosophy of care in our training which is: Care, Welfare, Safety and Security of the people we care for and the staff we work with.

Chris Hartley Senior Carer is our new link worker in the home who is supporting others in the training programmes for staff. He is also working closely with staff to ensure they develop their skills in de-escalation techniques, reducing restraints which are only a last resort intervention and diversion interventions.

Advance training opportunities available!
All the staff at Asquith Hall are developing their skills continually, so leading by example our managers and trained nurses are signed up to complete NVQ level 5 in management. They also have to revisit their English and maths key skills, which is great for refreshing knowledge and keeping up to date. Any member of staff who is worried about basic literacy or numeracy skills should contact Siobhan Gallagher and the company will support you in this area of training.

An additional training available is with the newly implemented speech recognition software. This is making it easier for everyone to use a computer and in turn creating documents faster. We hope the use of the Dragon tool can increase the number of hours we spend with the residents and decrease the time spent on paperwork. This does not alter the quality of work produced but creates a balance of work. We dictate reports, e mails, care plans, evaluations and daily reviews much quicker than we used to, benefiting resident care.

MAPA® Foundation Programme
The MAPA® Foundation programme is modular in design and can be easily adapted to your particular environment. In full, it is a two-day, 13-hour programme with four key learning objectives:
1) Identify behaviour that indicates an escalation toward aggressive and violent behaviour and take appropriate measures to avoid, decelerate and/or de-escalate crisis situations.
2) Assess the level of risk associated with crisis behaviour and make appropriate decisions related to the management of such risks.
3) Use suitable and acceptable physical interventions to reduce or manage risk behaviour.
4) Identify the impact of crisis events and describe post-crisis responses which can be used for personal and organisational support and learning.

The programme is suitable for any organisation that supports potentially vulnerable people or whose staff work with individuals who may exhibit behaviours that can challenge. Fully flexible, the programme can be tailored to your needs, so for example if you do not need physical holds but staff may need disengagement skills, then the programme can be delivered in just one day.