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Spotlight on: Staff Training

How do you currently monitor when your staff training is due to be renewed? Diary? Spreadsheet? Do you ever find staff members' training has expired?  

Within the Employee module of CMS, you can keep a record of EVERY staff member's individual training records, including when each one is due for renewal. When training is due the system will give you reminders and notifications on your Shift Handover screen, as well as in other areas. You can even highlight certain training courses as compulsory ensuring the top level of employee knowledge in your own areas of importance. 

The system also provides many training reports and the all-important Training Matrix. If CQC requests to see which staff have had which training you can produce this information at the touch of a button. If you want to plan your training for the year ahead there is a report to show you when each staff member's training is due to expire making the planning process a lot simpler.  

The staff training section even allows you to note on your rota whether staff will be absent for a day's training, highlighting shifts needed to be covered by another team member.  

We could go on about all of the excellent features within this sub-module, but why not see for yourself. Ablyss CMS is available for a free 30 day trial. Not too “techy”? Why not let us show you? Book your demonstration of Ablyss CMS today by calling 01625 535685. 

Care Providers have your say on a national recruitment campaign in adult social care

Skills for Care is asking for feedback from across adult social care, to explore how a national recruitment campaign might work for the sector. 

They’re running an open scoping study to explore how a national recruitment campaign could help the sector attract the right people to take up adult social care roles, and want to hear from as many people as possible who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences.

The sector faces ongoing challenges to recruit and retain enough staff with the right skills and values, and Skills for Care analysis of the NMDS-SC suggests that vacancy and turnover rates remain high as the demand for services grows. Skills for Care estimates that there were around 345,000 people leaving their jobs every year – that’s over 900 every day – and approximately 90,000 vacancies at any one time.

Complete our online survey before 01 February 2018

The study is a response to the growing demand for social care services and the challenges associated with finding enough high quality people to work in them.

Skills for Care’s created a short online survey, that should take 10-20 minutes to complete and can be done individually or as a team. It’s open until Thursday 01 February 2018.

They want respondents to share their views and experiences about how to:

§         raise awareness and improve perceptions of the social care sector

§         help people understand whether a job in social care would be right for them

§         inspire people with the right values to want to work in adult social care

§         connect people, locally, to a vacancy, work experience or relevant training programme.

In the medium-term, it’s expected the campaign would provide an increased stream of quality applications to employers and education/ training providers, and in the long-term reduce vacancy and turnover, rates.

You can complete the online survey or sign up to a webinar to give your feedback. Find out more and book your place at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/nationalrecruitmentcampaign.

 

Source: Care Industry News 

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 01:15 AM PST

Happy New Year

Here it is: 2018! Another year has passed by and, as is customary, we like to sum up what we got up to over the 12 months, as well as what we have planned for the forthcoming year.

2017 was yet another year of growth for Ablyss CMS. Despite a lot of competition joining the Computerised Care Management market, we are still here leading the way. Ablyss CMS has been established and growing organically for many years and so our customers choose us for our knowledge, experience and stability, as well as our excellent service of course!

There were only a few changes within our HQ. Sarah officially handed over the reins of Sales Manager to Nikki who had done stirling work in her absence. Nikki was made for the roll so Sarah happily decided she should continue to "do her thing" on a permanent basis. We didn't loose Sarah though, she joined us to help with our online social media and marketing. We did welcome a new face in the shape of Bob, our new Sales Consultant. 

With enquiries coming in from all over the UK we needed to make some changes to our Sales team to enable us to reach more areas than ever before. Bob is located on the East coast, an area we have previously been unable to consistently cover. Bob joined us towards the end of the year but is already proving to be an important cog in the works with his years of Sales and life experience. So officially we welcome you to the team Bob.

As for 2018, we have lots planned. We will continue our workshops around the UK and also plan to bring our training seminar days to more people and to cover more topics. We are also going to exhibit at the Nursing and Dementia Care Home Expo later in the year. a new venture for us which will hopefully help us expand the ever growing CMS "family" even further.

Development will be the key for 2018 with our ace Development Manager Sally getting stuck in to ensure that CMS continues to be the perfect tool for the whole care sector.

We have plenty more planned too. Watch this space...

Money towards developing your employees

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You could claim money towards developing your employees

If you’re an adult social care employer in England, you can claim the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications, units and learning programmes.

If you’d prefer to read our leaflet, you can download it here.

If you are a learning provider, large national organisation (1000+ employees) or an employer led partnership, please visit the appropriate page. You can also read more about how the WDF has helped others.

 

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health which is disbursed by Skills for Care. It’s a limited pot of money which funds qualifications, units and learning programmes to support the ongoing professional development of staff across adult social care in England.
Employers can claim back a contribution towards the costs of employees completing health and social care qualifications, units, Apprenticeships and learning programmes. Employers who directly incur costs for learning and development, such as course fees, can access the WDF to reclaim a contribution towards these costs.

Save an elderly person from loneliness this Christmas

As we batten down the hatches and become a little more reclusive during the winter months let's remember the 1.2 million older people who will suffer with chronic loneliness every year, only speaking with family or friends once a month or less.  Let's not forget the festive season is also fast approaching and many will spend the day alone.  A recent survey showed an estimated 500,00 older people will spend christmas day alone. 

At this time of year, there are many organisations and charities out there offering help and support during the season of goodwill.  They work tirelessly to ensure that as many people as poosible will enjoy a christmas dinner in the company of others.  So whilst we are celebrsting this Christmas, remember to check on elderly family, friends and neighbours, even invite them around for a mince pie and a movie!  I can guarantee they will be thrilled!!

 

In the uk the Samaritians can be contacted on 116 123 

Useful Links
www.gransnet.com
www.rnib.org.uk
http://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/social-groups/friendship-centres/
http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/

 

 

Rather than sending Christmas Cards to you all, this year we have decided to make a donation to the Salvation Army who are campaigning to make people aware of loneliness this Christmas. Our donation will provide dinner and companionship for 80 lonely older people. 

If you would like more information or would like to make a donation click here 

Continue reading "Save an elderly person from loneliness this Christmas "

The Season of Goodwill

To paraphrase the wise Noddy Holder, "So here it is Merry Christmas, not everybody's having fun". Sorry for the dreary start to our usual cheery blog, but Christmas is not always a time for merriment. For some it is a time of immense lonliness and a time to sadly reminisce of happier times spent with loved ones who may no longer be with us. Luckily homes all over the UK are fully aware of the troubles their residents, especially those living with dementia, face around Christmas time, and are able to help keep them occupied, and included in the festivities.

Not all are so lucky. Up and down the country there are people facing spending Christmas alone. They're not looking forward to tucking into Turkey around a table, pulling crackers and snoozing through the Queens speech. For them it is a day of total isolation. Wheverever you are reading this, there will be an elderly person not far from you who has to face this coming day. Even sadder is the fact that they are hidden and unknown. Imagine this was your Father, your Gran, your Brother or Sister. No one should be alone at Christmas and we can all do something about it. If you know of someone in your neighbourhood who doesn't seem to have a regular flow of vistitors, why not do a good deed and ask them to join you, even if only an hour, so they can feel part of a family on what should be a magical day.

For some it may not be that simple, so here is a great link for you.

http://www.noemptychairs.ch/en

No empty chairs brings people together whether they are looking for a family for Christmas, or whether they have a seat to spare at their festive table.

Remember, it is not just the elderly who may be facing a less than happy Christmas, it is people of all ages. If you are one of them then why not join up? There is a family out there waiting for you to make their Christmas family complete too.

Do something good this year. It's what Christmas is all about.

Spotlight on: Group Acitivities

Every home up and down the country will have someone who plans and follows up residents activities, but how effective is your current method?

Ablyss allows you to plan activities in detail and return once the activity has taken place in order to update who participated and what they did, how they enjoyed it etc... but it also allows you to record who did not particpate and why they chose not to. All of this information is carried over to each residents list of daily care, which is where we are able to view all information relating to that residents needs and care.

In a residents list of daily care we are also able to filter the information which we want to see, so that we could view just notes regarding activities. Seeing all of this information together can help to peice together a much larger picture of that individual. It will allow us to spot trends and changes, tackle any potential issues and build up a profile on the things that they enjoy and the things that they dislike.

As with all areas of Ablyss CMS, the recording of this information is simple and quick to do. Would you like to see for yourself? Contact Rachael on 01625 535685 to book a demonstration or try Ablyss CMS for yourself.

Making notes on residents who have taken part in an activity is simple
As is making notes on those who were not involved
...And all information can be filtered in each residents list of daily care notes to build a bigger picture.

 

Thanks Bill

It comes to something when it falls on society and its members to fund research into curing disease and illness, and it really takes a special individual to take it upon themselves to do something about it, despite knowing that pharmaceutical companies will be the ones to eventually reap the financial rewards.

Thank you Bill Gates who has announced that he is donating £76million towards Alzheimers research.

Bill has personal experience of the disease with many of the men in his family being diagnosed in later life. In a recent blog post he wrote " I know how awful it is to watch people you love struggle as the disease robs them of their mental capacity, and there is nothing you can do about it. It feels a lot like you're experiencing a gradual death of the person that you knew".

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, more than 46 million people are estimated to be currently living with dementia worldwide and that figure is expected to increase to over a 100 million by 2050.

In the UK, 850,000 people are living with dementia and the condition affects one in six people over 80. A 2014 study by the charity found the total cost of dementia to the UK was more than £26 billion a year, with around £4 billion falling on the NHS and more than £10 billion on the social care system. If these staggering figures are not reason enough to find a cure then I dont know what is.

Lets hope that those with the power, money and infleunce continue to raise awareness of the urgent need for more to be done.

1 Week till epsom

Only a week till we will be at the Care Roadshow at Epsom Downs Racecourse. This is a free to attend event so, if you are in the area, please do call in for a day of seminars, workshops and networking. Oh and to see us too of course!

We will be giving demonstrations of CMS throughout the day so, if you are looking to revolutionise your care planning systems, make sure you stop by and see us.

how our team project manage a new installation

For a lot of people, implementing a new care managment system is a daunting prospect, but at Ablyss we are there to help new customers every step of the way. Read on to find out about one homes recent experience with us:

Spring Grove on the Finchley Road in North London provides specialist care for up to 47 elderly and dementia patients. The home was purpose built in 1992 to luxury hotel standards with large terraced gardens in an affluent area of London. Spring Grove is the first among 3 residential homes owned by Springdene Nursing & Care Homes Ltd to implement an electronic care management system. The group chose to go ahead with the Ablyss Care Management System (CMS).

When asked ‘Why Ablyss’? Mark Clements, Operations Manager at Springdene, confirmed “We were looking for a system that would improve our record keeping by helping to manage our care plans and risk assessments along with simplifying our daily care reporting. After seeing Ablyss CMS in action at another home the decision to go with them was inevitable.” 

Mark saw the idea of implementing Ablyss CMS at Spring Grove as an important stage in the company’s development. “It is part of my job to adapt and make necessary operational changes. As a company we are keen to harness and exploit technology such as Ablyss CMS which benefits both staff and residents.” Implementing Ablyss CMS at Spring Grove was smooth and well organised. The staff at Spring Grove were, initially, naturally hesitant and nervous about the transition from paper to electronic so Ablyss Project Manager, Nikki Burbidge, visited the home and spoke to staff from all three sites to discuss their needs before the directors made their final decision. A bespoke implementation plan was created which included six days of on-site training. Our assigned trainer, Syne, was flexible enough to train both day and night staff during his stay at Spring Grove.

Spring Grove went live on our third day of training; staff were confident and raring to go! Mark stated “Our trainer, who had healthcare experience, could support the staff working on the floor, assisting with accurate and detailed point of care recording.” Mark and Nikki agreed that a successful implementation of Ablyss CMS would involve Spring Grove’s best practise not being compromised. As Nikki says “We were able to customise our system to match their existing templates and this resulted in a smooth transition from paper to electronic whilst maintaining Spring Grove’s outstanding level of care provision.”

At Spring Grove, users of Ablyss CMS include directors, compliance, management teams, admin and care staff. As Operations Manager, Mark felt confident in using the system. “It’s straight forward, easy to navigate and flexible. The shift handover gives me a detailed analysis of everything staff have recorded on Ablyss CMS and with point of care delivery, it means I can access real time information of staff interaction with residents.”

Mark’s opinion is Ablyss CMS will definitely replace most of their paper work, saving on the cost of stationery and storage space for their archived records. “The main benefit to Spring Grove will be the consistent and comprehensive care records and will allow the home to evidence it’s excellent care standard. In today’s regulatory climate this is becoming increasingly important for care home operators”

Is your flu jab up to date?

Its that time of year..... Have you vaccinated against Flu?

Flu can be one of the main causes of severe illness among vulnerable groups which include older people, pregnant women and people with already underlying health issues.

Flu is an unpredictable virus and can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people.  For healthy people, most will recover within a week or two.  For the more vulnerable this can have serious implications. 

The Flu vaccine is offered free of charge to those at risk, this is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing more serious complications.

As a care worker you are also entitled to a flu jab if you are living in a long stay care home or other long stay care facility.  If you are in receipt of carers allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare is at risk... you too are entitled to a flu jab. 

Get yourself down to your local healthcentre and get vaccinated! Lets stay flu free!

 

On with the show....

Didn't our ladiesscrub up well for the Care and Dementia show this year? Sales Manager Nikki and Development Manager Sally were on our stand and met more new faces than we have in previous years, so we consider this show a roaring success.

Over 2 long days we carried out over 300 demonstrations of CMS to homes interested in streamlining their care records, finding a customisable system to suit their individual needs and improving their CQC ratings. Tick, Tick and TICK! 

Also we must say a big thank you to our exisiting customers who found the time to find us and say hello. We really do love to see you all again and hear how your homes are getting on. We've never made it a secret that we believe the key to the success of CMS is you. Your feedback and experiences have brought us to where we are today. Not only that though, its just nice to see familiar faces in such a big sea of strangers.

Both Sally and Nikki will be enjoying a well deserved rest, but not for long. Thursday 17th October we will be in Cardiff at the Care Roadshow doing it all again. Its a good thing we all love what we do.

Care England Memebership. Suppliers You Can Trust!

How proud are we to announce that we are a recommended supplier member of Care England?!

Care England are the leading representative body for independent care services in England. In particular the work they do within government to keep them informed and aware of the challenges we face is vital. It gives us a voice at Number 10!


We are very much looking forward to getting heavily involved with them over the next 12 months, meeting its members, and offering them members only deals.

 

Stay warm this winter!

 

Winter is fast approaching and it's time to pay attention to the elderley.  The winter months can affect the elderly making them prone to health issues such as chest infections, heart attacks and strokes during the cold weather. 

It's easy to reduce the risks inside and outside the home.  The temperature can drop dramatically and with a little preparation it is easy to keep them warm and well.

Age UK have some very useful advise and tips to help us battle through this winter.

Click here to find out more

Back to Business

Well we all survived another summer. The kids are all back at school and our staff have all returned from annual leave meaning its back to business as usual...for a couple of months. Chrismtas is not far away (dont shoot the messenger!)

Now is the ideal time to review your "paperwork" systems. Make the most of this steady period and book your demonstration of Ablyss CMS now. Our Sales team are raring to go and itching to get out and about the UK.

If your home is in the Midlands / South / West then why not come along to visit us at one of the many care shows we will be exhibiting at during the remainder of 2017. Click HERE to see where we will be.

I'm sure we will see you very soon.