A programme to improve patient / resident safety in care homes is to be conducted in Walsall and Wolverhampton over 24 months. This article outlines the evaluation of this care home improvement programme in the West Midlands. The aim is primarily to assess the extent to which:
“ …care home staff training can effectively improve safety culture, lower the incidence of adverse safety events such as falls and pressure ulcers, and potentially reduce care home resident’s use of acute services”.
Damery, S. Flanagan, S. Rai, K. and] Combes, G. (2017). Improving safety in care homes: protocol for evaluation of the Walsall and Wolverhampton care home improvement programme. BMC Health Services Research. January 26th 2017; 17(1): 86.
Further Information About the SPACE Programme
The Safer Provision and Caring Excellence (SPACE) programme, from the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC), has been developed in collaboration with NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group. The SPACE programme operates across 35 care homes in Walsall and Wolverhampton, with two main planned outcomes:
- Strengthening safety culture.
- Reducing the incidence of adverse events.
Safer Provision and Caring Excellence (SPACE) Programme. [Online]: West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN), 2017.
Positive Approaches to Care
Possibly of indirect interest, an insight into the Positive Approaches to Care (PAC) philosophy considered as a training approach to caring for people with dementia.
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Murphy, J. (2017). Positive Approaches to Care: a new look at dementia education. Primary Health Care. January 27th 2017, Vol.27(1), pp.29-33.