Enhanced Health in Care Homes and Other Care Settings

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Across England six vanguards are working to improve the quality of life, healthcare and planning for people living in care homes and NHS England recently published their The Framework for Enhanced Health in Care Homes (published 2016). The framework identified many key areas for improvement, including nutrition and hydration and end of life care, and HEE West Midlands have commissioned two pieces of work to identify current training packages and resources to promote a focus on learning and development for social care workforce.

The following resources have been identified by HEE West Midlands' Integrated Care Transformation Theme Programme  to encourage care workforce, patients, carers and commissioners to ensure high quality training and education for all involved in care homes and other care settings. The Falls module was developed by University Hospital Birmingham and has been based on the work undertaken in Birmingham, Walsall and Shropshire. The other five topics are the result of a piece of best practice research Learning and Development for Adult Social Care in the West Midlands undertaken by Skills for Care.


More than 80% of people living in care homes have a form of dementia or severe memory problems. According to research by the Alzheimer’s Society, many people with dementia are not receiving the level of person-centred care they need. In the attached resource pack you will find details of Dementia training, details of training providers, information on frameworks and guidelines and resources for informal carers.

End of Life Care

In 2008 the End of Life Care Strategy was published which outlined the need for consistent end of life care across the country. In the attached resource pack you will find details of End of Life training, details of training providers, information on frameworks and guidelines and resources for informal carers.

Nutrition and Hydration

The topics of nutrition and hydration are very closely linked and often presented together a part of the same package. The attached resource pack provides access to various learning formats and details of framework and common core principles. The Health and Social Care Act 2008 stipulates clear guidance around nutrition and hydration for people receiving care and support and it is a CQC regulation against which providers are inspected. 

Manual Handling

The attached resource pack provides details of resources available for manual handling, though there are fewer resources in this area. The Level 2 Health and Social Care diploma and Care Certificate both have sections on manual handling which is specific to health and social care situations. 

Infection, Harm Prevention and Control

During the first 12 weeks of employment the care workforce are required to complete and induction into social care and the workplace, one element of which focuses on infection control. Both the care certificate and Level 2 Health and Social Care diploma provide a framework for meeting this requirement fully. This resource pack provides all the necessary information. 


Falls are the major cause of injury, disability and death for people aged 75 and over. Falls result from a variety of factors. The following training manual will help you to understand the factors and adopt the practical strategies to manage the incidences of falls in your setting. The full set of training slides for Falls and root cause analysis analysis should be viewed in conjunction with the training manual. 

Additional resources are available for trainers in the form of a workbook and training evaluation and certificates which can be used in a blended learning  approach.