Complex Care Premium scheme
This is an in-depth training programme for care home staff so they can deliver better care to frail elderly residents. It allows receipt of an enhanced payment rate – or Premium – for those residents.
The training gives care home staff more confidence to look after frail elderly people with complex conditions, improving their health and quality of life and preventing unnecessary and potentially distressing admissions to hospital.
Staff 'champions' taking part get up to 18 days training in 1 of 6 specialist areas:
- engagement and wellbeing,
- falls and fragility,
- wound management
- health (including end of life, continence, neurological and respiratory conditions).
A total of 217 champions have been trained since the programme began in 2015. Since then hospital attendances/admissions from care homes have reduced and residents’ experiences have improved by being able to remain in their care home rather than going to hospital.
The initiative won the workforce development category in the national Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare awards 2017.