Grant money will mean better quality of care

Acacia Lodge staff and resident
Acacia Lodge staff and resident

A new scheme aimed at improving training and standards of care in nursing homes across the county has been launched.

The £70,000 scheme has been funded by a grant from the Health Innovation and Education Cluster at NHS East Midlands and is due to be completed by the autumn.

Care home nurses are being given extra training to help them treat common issues such as pressure ulcers, continence, and management of long term conditions such as diabetes.

Margaret Miller is a registered nurse at Acacia Lodge in Wellingborough Road, Irthlingborough, one of the care homes chosen to take part in the scheme.

She said: “It’s very useful because it gives you continuity of service for the residents.

“It means they don’t have to leave the home as often, for example to have their blood taken, as I can now do that for them.

“I’ve been here for just over two years and the residents all know me now – it makes them feel more relaxed getting treatment from someone they know and trust.”

Staff will also be trained in how to recognise the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and manage this in care homes.

Thirty county nursing homes applied to take part in the project, before a final 15 were chosen by an independent panel made up of a GP, NHS commissioners and representatives from De Montfort University in Leicester.