COVID-19 Update for the Private Healthcare Sector


 

26th June

LHP Skillnet is delighted to announce that we are collaborating with Richard Burke of Resilience Matters on our second ReBound programme.

This programme is called Resilient Minds @ Work: Resilience Training for the Healthcare Sector.

The demands placed on us personally and professionally affect our health and business. In the past few months, due to the outbreak of the coronvairus pandemic in Ireland, the demands on the healthcare sector have never been greater. This increased pressure can lead to a higher frequency of stress, anxiety and a sense of burn-out. One way to address these emotional and psychological challenges is through resilience training. According to Richard Burke, resilience is a measure of your subconscious flexibility. By developing your resilience, you gain an awareness of useful practical and psychological coping mechanisms, which in turn will lead to a happier, healthier life.

We are scheduling dates throughout July, subject to demand. If you are interested in attending this free event, please check out our Upcoming Courses page for further details.


 

23rd June

We’re excited to advertise places on our first ReBound programme. This programme will be delivered by one of our frequent training providers, Health Care Informed.

The programme is called COVID-19 Learning from Experience – Planning for the Future.

Where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has requested residential care settings to undertake an internal review that will include the identification, recording, investigation and learning from the outbreak in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the residents in any future outbreaks. The purpose of this programme is to provide practical tools and techniques to implement the internal review process and develop a framework for the ongoing safety of residents.

We are scheduling dates throughout July, subject to demand. If you are interested in attending this free event, please check out our Upcoming Courses page for further details.


 

19th June

We’re very proud to announce that LHP Skillnet will be participating in Skillnet Ireland’s Back to Business Initiative, entitled ReBound.

Launching ReBound, Paul Healy, Chief Executive, Skillnet Ireland said: “Skillnet Ireland is focused on supporting Irish SMEs as they reopen their business and begin the road to recovery. The ReBound initiative will provide owners and managers with the practical tools and knowledge needed to help navigate the new protocol whilst also mitigating business disruption. With the training and supports delivered through digital platforms, businesses nationwide can benefit from ReBound. We are delighted to be working with industry and Government on this important issue, and we urge SMEs to avail of these fully subsidised supports we are putting in place.”

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, said: “The Skillnet Ireland ReBound initiative adds to the range of measures put in place by Government, to support companies in implementing the Return to Work Safely Protocol within their business and adapting to this new and challenging environment. ReBound exemplifies the collaboration between Government and industry that is central to the success of the reopening of the economy and safe return to work.” 

For LHP Skillnet in particular, the ReBound initiative provides us with the resources to deliver three fully subsidised programmes to the private healthcare sector in the coming weeks. These three programmes have been hand-picked following a period of close discussion and exchange with our industry partners. They will meet challenges that the sector faces today, due in part to the unprecedented circumstances forced upon us by the outbreak of the coronvirus pandemic worldwide.

*for a full outline of the Skillnet Ireland press statement on the ReBound initiative please click here.


 

26th May

Today marks the beginning of our last intake for the Healthcare Assistant Induction Programme (HAIP). The HAIP has proven immensely successful. In the last 7 weeks, we have trained approximately 269 students in the fundamentals of healthcare. Some 222 of these students were unemployed.

We’re still collecting and collating the data as we go along, but according to our analysis of a sample cohort of unemployed students attending Groups 1-4:

  • 83% of the sample cohort had applied for work as a healthcare assistant by the time the HAIP was complete.
  • 21% of the sample cohort had already found work as a healthcare assistant after the HAIP concluded.

 

Though these figures are highly approximate, they indicate the value and utility of this programme. Our great thanks has to be extended again to our collaborators at Intreo and NHI, and our Nurse Tutors Georgina, Blaithnaid, Hannah and Caroline. Not to mention our fantastic students, who are committed to learning the basics of healthcare at a time when the sector is under such pressure.

Our resources are finite and we have to bring the HAIP to a close. But our training and support for the private healthcare sector will continue. In particular, every one of those students who completed the HAIP will be offered a place on our fully-funded Employment Activation Programme – training to earn the Certificate in Healthcare Support (QQI Level 5, Major Award). Pandemic or no, this remains the industry-standard qualification for healthcare assistants.


 

1st May

For the past three weeks, we’ve been delivering a new programme. We have teamed up with our colleagues at Nursing Homes Ireland and the public employment agency Intreo, to produce an online programme that is designed to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus for Ireland’s healthcare sector.

The Healthcare Assistant Induction Programme is our response to the emergency. This programme has been designed to give the participants a thorough grounding in the basics of healthcare. A panel of experienced Nurse Tutors – Georgina, Blaithnaid, Caroline and Hannah – worked tirelessly to produce a new framework to train students in the essential knowledge and skills necessary to begin working as a healthcare assistant.

  • This course is absolutely free for whoever registers, thanks to the grant-funding we obtain from Skillnet Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills.
  • This course takes only three weeks to complete.
  • This course is delivered online via interactive virtual classrooms.

 

Furthermore, using the NHI’s extensive communications network, we have been able to compile a list of the regional nursing homes that are looking to hire new staff. As soon as you enroll on our Healthcare Assistant Induction Programme (or HAIP for short), we will provide you with the most up-to-date version of this list, which means you can begin looking for a job the moment you begin your programme.

If you are enrolled, you will attend class three times a week, and be required to complete a certain amount of self-directed learning. The HAIP is separated into nine modules or ‘units‘, each of which deals with a key aspect of the healthcare assistant profession.

  • Unit 1: Introduction and Holistic Care
  • Unit 2: Activities of Daily Living
  • Unit 3: Health and Safety
  • Unit 4: Person Centred Care
  • Unit 5: Introduction to Caring for Older Persons
  • Unit 6: Palliative Care 
  • Unit 7: Infection Prevention and Control
  • Unit 8: Safeguarding and Restrictive Practice
  • Unit 9: Dementia and Responsive Behaviours 

 

We look forward to welcoming our new students and supporting our hard-working member companies.


 

22nd April 2020

Our experience with the HCI and their Emergency Management suite for nursing homes and home-care was very instructive. The programmes were tremendously popular, attracting upwards of 60 participants per webinar, and they were well received, with many of the participants expressing gratitude for such high-quality and practical training, at a time when the sector is under extraordinary pressure to deal with the challenge of the coronavirus.

Thanks to the feedback we received, we are convinced that we should apply our emergency training model to other sections of the healthcare industry. This is why we are collaborating with Asumpta Gallagher of Best Practice on another fully subsidised programme aimed at administrative and management staff in the healthcare sector, this time focussing on Primary Care and General Practice. Asumpta has 17 years worth of industry-relevant experience, and her programmes have always come highly recommended by the practice managers, GPs and secretarial staff who take them. Asumpta is offering a new online programme – entitled A Proactive Approach to Managing Your Practice – providing students with the tools to surmount the obstacles and constraints our new circumstances have foisted on them.

As ever, in order to book your place on one of the programmes, please see our Upcoming Courses page. On this page, you will see the full list of dates we have available. Use the link to the registration form to book your place.

*the standard retail price for the webinars is €120 per person.


 

13th April 2020

Given the popularity of the Covid-19 Emergency Management Education Programme for Nursing Homes, and the fantastic feedback we’ve being receiving about the quality and “invaluability” of Health Care Informed‘s teaching and training materials, it was clear that we needed to expand our efforts to promote this programme.

That is why, in close collaboration with Home Care and Community Ireland (HCCI), Skillnet Ireland, Health Care Informed and our Steering Group, we have decided to run a version of this training for the home-care community. This version is named the Covid-19 Emergency Risk Management Programme. We will run six free sessions of the webinar, starting this week. Each session can accommodate up to 100 participants. As with the original programme for nursing homes, every home-care agency and healthcare organisation that sends staff to participate will receive free access to the Comprehensive Resource Pack. The CRP contains a suite of dozens of policy descriptors, documents and templates tailored to the home-care sector, covering in detail the areas of risk, governance, employment law, PPE, infection protocol and business continuity planning. This suite is accessed online and will be regularly updated by the HCI for 6 months.

In order to book your place on one of the programmes, please see our Upcoming Courses page. On this page, you will see the full list of dates we have available. Use the link to the registration form to book your place.

*the standard retail price for the webinars and Comprehensive Resource Pack is €1225.


 

1st April 2020

The Covid-19 Emergency Management Education Programme for Nursing Homes has proven to be immensely successful, with various Directors of Care describing the webinar and resource pack as “invaluable” in preparing their staff, clients and business for an outbreak of Covid-19. After careful consideration and in consultation with our partners at Nursing Homes Ireland, Health Care Informed, Skillnet Ireland and our Steering Group, LHP Skillnet have decided to run six free sessions of the webinar. Each session can accommodate up to 100 participants. In addition, every nursing home and healthcare organisation that sends staff to participate will receive free access to the Comprehensive Resource Pack. The CRP contains a suite of dozens of policy descriptors, documents and templates, covering in detail the areas of governance, risk, PPE, infection protocol and business continuity planning. This suite is accessed online and will be regularly updated by the HCI for 6 months.

In order to book your place on one of the programmes, please see our Upcoming Courses page. On this page, you will see the full list of dates we have available. Use the link to the registration form to book your place.

*the standard retail price for the webinars and Comprehensive Resource Pack is €1225.


 

27th March 2020

LHP Skillnet has collaborated with industry experts Health Care Informed (HCI) to deliver a unique emergency programme detailing what nursing homes need to know in the event of an outbreak of Covid-19 in their premises. We are calling it the Covid-19 Emergency Management Education Programme will provide you with the tools to manage the impact of Covid-19 and minimise the risks to your staff, clients and business. For further details please click here.


 

25th March 2020

LHP Skillnet is fully supportive of the Government’s efforts to effectively address and limit the spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the protection of public health and that of our stakeholders.

Our team are continuing to work and are available to discuss any queries that our member companies or trainees have regarding our scheduled training programmes and supports for businesses. Following national guidelines, we have postponed public training courses until 19th April 2020. Remote and online programmes will continue as scheduled, and we will continue to take bookings for programmes commencing at a later date in 2020.

We would remind our stakeholders that the HSE website is the authoritative source of information and advice on the situation regarding COVID-19 in Ireland.

We would ask especially those of you who are currently unemployed to please get in touch. LHP Skillnet is working closely with various representative bodies to put a robust training scheme for new Healthcare Assistants in place. Whether you have a lifelong interest in a career in healthcare or you simply want to make a difference to your community in the struggle against COVID-19, we will give you the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the private healthcare sector.

We will keep this information updated in the coming weeks. Further information is also available on the Skillnet Ireland website.