Bristol-based charity Brunelcare, has won a National Training Award for the outstanding training in ‘Person Centred Care’ that it offers its staff.
Brunelcare initially trialled the Person Centred Care course at one of its care homes which has since become a centre for excellence for the South West.
Its success has lead to the training being rolled out across the organisation.
Maureen Howe who spearheaded the training programme explains,
“Although the standard of care within our care homes was good, we wanted to be much better at meeting the needs of people living with a dementia. We wanted to change the culture of care from being task-based to person-centred, seeing each resident for the unique person they are.
She continues, “Having seen the positive impacts at the pilot site, Brunelcare rolled out a series of workshops across the organisation. The training was for everyone, not just the care staff so it encompassed admin, laundry staff, catering staff, everyone.”
Helen Joy, CEO at Brunelcare adds,
“This training has had the most significant effect of any training programme that has taken place at Brunelcare over the last 10 years. It has changed the mindset of all involved – trustees, directors, mangers and staff – towards people living with a dementia.
“Receiving this National Training Award is recognition of the hard work that has gone into this and the benefits being felt by people living with a dementia, their families and carers.”
The National Training Awards are designed to celebrate organisations and individuals that demonstrate outstanding business and personal success through investment in training.
Former athletics star, Colin Jackson, presented the award to Brunelcare’s Janet Bolton, Jenny Beckingsale and Maureen Howe at the ceremony in the Bristol City Marriot last week.