The Enhanced Worker Project
This project was aimed at reablement assistants across Surrey employed by Surrey County Council and care assistants in the private sector.
There is a general recognition that a better interface between health and social care would save costs – as well as reduce inefficiencies and give clients a better service - this is true in all aspects of social care both statutory (Surrey County Council) and private care providers.
The reablement teams were looking for efficiencies in up-skilling their workers to take on more of the basic clinical and occupational therapy tasks undertaken by both District Nurses and Occupational Therapists. This would benefit service users and would eventually lead towards more integrated working across health and social care and a more streamlined service with less duplication of functions.
The aim of the project was to provide more comprehensive support to individuals in receipt of both health and social care services and promote workforce integration. The project was structured in a way that could be easily adapted and transferable to different areas of Surrey and England.
The training was devised to create skilled and confident hybrid workers who can meet an individuals' social care needs, perform healthcare tasks, carry out basic clinical observations and provide reablement.
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Stoma care
- Catheter care
- Blood pressure
Trusted Assessor Training lasted three days which included two days formal training in assessing and prescribing small pieces of equipment and one-day work based learning – producing a written assessment.