Zoe Belford, Director of Occupational Therapy Consultants Ltd outlines her top three tips for training health and social care staff in
When it comes to training professionals in the health and social care industry to use
1. Ensure the training is tailored to the specific needs of each professional group.
2. Ensure the training is tailored to the specific needs of the service users they are supporting.
3. Be aware of TECS associated government, local and professional directives.
So what do I mean by tailoring the training to the needs of each professional group?
Groups will usually consist of management staff, social care and health professionals. Here are some considerations for working with these different professional groups.
Health & social care managers
Managers are under pressure to meet efficiency savings targets whilst ensuring the best quality of care for service users. Use case studies to demonstrate how TECS can be used as an assessment and intervention process to identify staffing needs. For example, waking staff can be reduced to sleeping and sleeping staff can be removed safely with TECS. Cost benefits analysis of lifeline provision (approx. £234 per anum) versus
Social workers and adult support
It’s their job to assess care packages and need to ensure that the people they support receive just the right amount of support that is as least restrictive as possible. It is therefore important to show them how TECS can be used as an assessment tool to identify exactly how much staff support a service user needs.
- Support them with assessing people’s routines and needs (especially when that person is unable to communicate their needs or if support workers or families have differing opinions).
- Provide them with the evidence-based practice they need to ensure that care packages are bespoke to the individual.
- Free up support workers to work with other people.
- Minimise the
needsfor “checks” thus promoting better sleep quality and privacy and dignity for service users. Provision of enuresis sensors is a good example of this.
Doctors, Psychologists and Nurses
Health professionals are predominantly
OTs are interested in people being as independent as possible. They teach independent living skills and if a person is unable to learn a particular skill, they compensate by providing equipment or adapting the environment.
TECS can support OTs by providing equipment to compensate a barrier. For example, safety packages such as smoke alarms, flood detectors and gas detectors can be connected to a lifeline, so appropriate support can be sent out.
Speech and Language Therapists
Specialist in supporting their client’s with communication. TECS can support people who have barriers to their communication. For example, personal alarms and specialist switches can enable service user to summon a response from support workers.
Occupational Therapy Consultants Ltd specialises in TECS for people with complex needs. We are both HCPC registered Occupational Therapists and Assistive Technologists. OTC is experienced in working for the NHS and local authorities. Find out more at occupationaltherapyconsultants.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @OT_Consultants.