Our caregiver training day in April was about the Alexander Technique. The Alexander Technique is recognised by the NHS and comprises a series of principles to help the individual to improve posture & balance and move more efficiently, thereby ridding the body of tension and musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, neck ache and sore shoulders.
As well as being very useful for our CAREGivers in improving and protecting their general wellbeing, they will be able to apply the principles in supporting clients such as those with Parkinson’s Disease and anyone with long term neck and back pain.
We are very grateful to qualified teacher Jackie Bond for delivering the training for us.
We seek to engage all our caregivers in ongoing professional development to refresh their training, broaden their skills and support their individual career development. Training offered ranges from monthly group sessions to short home study courses and apprenticeships.
Our group sessions are delivered in house or by visiting specialists and, as well as The Alexander Technique, have included Dementia Friends, CPR training, diabetes, scam awareness and sight impairment.
Over the last year 27 of our CAREGivers have completed level 2 short courses in dementia care, seven have completed short courses in diabetes care and two have completed short courses in infection control, all through Basingstoke College of Technology. In addition, five of our staff have recently completed or are undertaking level 3 apprenticeships in Health & Social Care through the college.
We wish all our staff the very best in their ongoing studies.