Care home staff to receive free diabetes training

By Editor
13th April 2021
Education, Older people Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes

Care home staff across the UK are to receive the very latest training in diabetes care among older people. 

It is thought there are 450,000 people who currently live in a care home and a quarter of those have diabetes.

Over the last 12 months the pandemic has been the focus, and as part of national recovery work diabetes training needs to once more be a high priority.

People with diabetes in care homes can suffer unnecessarily with health conditions if their condition is not managed adequately.

Those who do not control their condition are at a higher risk of developing complications such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) and heart failure. They are also more likely to be admitted to hospital with Hypoglycaemia, Hyperglycaemia and foot complications.

With this in mind, Sanofi has partnered with award-winning healthcare professional training organisation Eden, based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre to provide a virtual education programme, including practical application of learning through mentoring, which all staff staff in care and community homes can access including registered nurses and non-registered practitioners (HCAs), on the safe  management of people with diabetes.

Jessamy Baird, GM General Medicines Sanofi UK and Ireland, said: “The recent pandemic has illustrated the vulnerability of the older population especially those who have co-morbidities and those living in care homes. SANOFI CARES educational programme is delivered by Eden as an independent provider from Leicester Diabetes Centre and is available online on-demand to all care home staff across the UK.

“We will provide this course free of charge to increase the knowledge and confidence of staff, helping them to provide appropriate high-quality care to people living with diabetes in care homes. SANOFI CARES is a programme which demonstrates how we as a pharmaceutical company can support patients and the NHS by understanding the requirements of care in a highly vulnerable population.”

Standardised knowledge  

It is hoped that by providing a competency-based consistent education programme across a platform for all care providers across the UK, Sanofi can help to standardise knowledge and care across the country for all those in care homes. This will ensure good quality diabetes care is maintained regardless of location or care provider. 

Laura Willcocks, Lead for Health Care Professional Education and Training, said: “We know that education supports safety and improved outcomes for healthcare staff working with and caring for people living with diabetes. Residents in care homes are particularly vulnerable and we believe improvements can be made in both safety and quality if people are given the opportunity for learning and implementation of that learning. There are many reasons that access to training and ongoing support are might be challenging and despite the potential barriers, they remain critical.

“However, with the launch of the SANOFI CARES education programme  this provides a unique opportunity for improvement and step change in population health. As the training is delivered and embedded nationwide I hope that  we will begin to see measurable differences in health outcomes among people in care homes.”

The blended training includes an introduction to diabetes, safety and quality of life and wellbeing among those with the condition.

Each session will focus on key subjects such as foot care, complications, blood glucose monitoring and care planning,   the overall aim being  greater knowledge , confidence and competence resulting in high quality care.

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