Specialist Training

Focussed Intervention in Training and Support (FITS) [new!]

We all know that outstanding dementia care requires a commitment to continuous training and development of a team’s person centred culture and approach to every single individual and their family.  This is an exciting and empowering course for frontline staff which will equip them not lonely with knowledge and practical skills but develop them into Dementia Care Coaches: dementia champions who evaluate practice, role-model, teach and coach others in their day-to-day practice.

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FITS is a proven way of effectively supporting staff in health and care settings to deliver psycho-social care in person centred ways.  It is an exciting programme that will benefit frontline staff and the individuals they support. Training is facilitated by a Dementia Practice Development Coach (DPDC) trained at the University of Worcester who run the only module worldwide to train professionals to deliver the FITS (Focused Intervention Training and Support) programme. It has a strong evidence base demonstrating that effective person-centred care can reduce the prescribing of anti-psychotic medications for people living with dementia.

To understand the background to FITS into Practice and the module, please watch:  film of University of Worcester Research Seminar on 12 December 2018 “from abstract research to frontline practice”

Meaningful MUSIC & ARTS Engagement in Dementia Care [new!]

Working with care home teams we realised that there is a need to improve Music and Arts engagement in care home settings. There are barriers to arts engagement in care settings such as the advanced nature of individual’s dementia, lack of arts skills, lack of exposure to community arts and lack of funding. We decided to design an arts based programme for frontline care staff to overcome some of the barriers identified and create Activity Leaders who act as music and arts engagement champions or activity leaders. It is also one of our organisation’s goals to promote opportunities for musicians and artists in the health and social care space.

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JoCo Learning and Development is a member of the Dementia, Arts and Wellbeing Network (DAWN) and chairs the Music in Dementia Network

Also visit our Music in Care page to see other opportunities available for innovative and creative practice in dementia care.

Mental Health First Aid

As well as developing your mental health awareness, this fully accredited two day course will teach you a set of skills to allow you to offer appropriate support to someone experiencing a mental health condition in the workplace.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach you how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and provide help on a first aid basis. The course is delivered by a quality assured instructor and can be attended by people aged 16 upwards.

How is MHFA used to support staff?

The course will:

  • Give a deeper understanding of the issues that impact on and relate to people’s mental health
  • Teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental  health issues and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support.

Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Encourages people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery MHFA won’t teach you how to be a therapist, but you will be able to say you’re a Mental Health First Aider.

Also available:

  • Mental Health Awareness (Self Care) – Half Day Course
  • Mental Health Awareness – One Day Course
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End of Life Care

Developing person centred skills to support adults at end of life and at times when they experience, death, loss and grief that is past and current.

What is this programme about?

This programme is about exploring and understanding good end of life care practice. It challenges staff to explore their own perspectives and experiences of palliative care and reflect on meaningful and effective ways to develop and maintain resilience and wellbeing for Service Users, families and themselves.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is for professionals, volunteers and family carers in all settings where individuals who are supported are approaching the end of their life. This may include health, residential, domiciliary care, day services and palliative care settings.

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End of Life Care – Learning Disabilities

Developing person centred skills to support adults with learning disabilities at end of life and at times when they experience, death, loss and grief that is past and current.

What is this programme about?

This programme is about exploring good practice and the needs of learning disabilities Service Users and families you support. It challenges staff to explore their own perspectives and experiences of palliative care and grief, as well as to reflect on meaningful and effective ways to develop and maintain resilience and wellbeing for Service Users, families and themselves. There will be a strong focus on issues in learning disabilities.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is for any staff working with adults with learning disabilities.

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