The Shared Lives Scheme supports people with learning disabilities and people with dementia who have eligible care and support needs by matching them with approved and trained Shared Lives Carers.

The training pathway is for both new and existing Shared Lives Carers to ensure they have the required skills and knowledge to effectively and safely fulfil their role. This has been developed to provide structured essential training for all shared lives carers who are approved under the West Sussex County Council Shared Lives Scheme by:

  • Attending workshops
  • E-learning
  • Reading and Research
  • Cascaded by the shared lives team

The training offered within these pathways is also available to approved Shared Lives Support Carers who provide care and supported to individuals.

Event Description Delivery Method
Basic Life Support This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly. It covers basic life support and is suitable for Shared Lives Carers, Domiciliary Care Workers or Personal Assistants and staff new to care working with adults in Adult Care Provider Services or West Sussex County Council employees in either Adult or Children services who work with adults who require basic life support skills. It does not cover child or paediatric first aid. Half day course
COSHH in the home environment This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly. It will introduce you to the control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) in your home or an individual’s own home E-Learning 20 minutes
Epilepsy awareness This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly. The aim of this module is to provide you with an overview and awareness of the types, causes, triggers, treatment, and the impact of Epilepsy. E-Learning 25 minutes
Equality and Diversity Introduction This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly. The aim of this module is to support you in considering the Equality Law 2010, which protects all, regardless of characteristics, at work. In order to understand the protection in place, you will explore the four main types of discrimination which are experienced in the workplace. You will be encouraged to consider the different protected characteristics specified under the Equality Act, which include: age, race, religion or belief, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships and finally, pregnancy and maternity E-Learning 15 minutes
Food Safety This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly and looks at good food safety, infection prevention and control which must be part of everyday practice to ensure that the people being supported receive safe and effective care. Carers also need to be aware of ways to promote adequate nutrition and hydration to maintain the wellbeing of those being supported. E-Learning 60 minutes
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly. The aim of this module is to support you in raising your awareness of the new General Data Protection Regulations and the requirements that it sets out by law. You will examine the data protection principles in relation to personal data and the rights of individuals under this new legislation. E-Learning 20 minutes
Home safety (Electrical, Gas, Water, General Environment) This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly. It may also be relevant to domiciliary care workers, personal assistants and anyone caring for an individual in their own home. It will cover best practice and guidance on ensuring your home or another individual’s home environment is safe. E-Learning 20 minutes
Internet Safety for Shared Lives Carers This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly. The aim of this workshop is to enable Shared Lives Carers to appreciate the balance of risk and safety associated with the Internet. Half day workshop
Introduction to the Mental Capacity Act training This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly. The aim of this course is to introduce you to the five principles of the Mental Capacity Act, to learn about the test for mental capacity, to find out who can make decisions if somebody lacks mental capacity, and to learn how a best interests decision can be made. You will learn how to carry out and record a simple assessment of mental capacity, and how to make and record a simple best interests decision. The course will give an introduction to ways people can plan ahead for a time when they may lose capacity to make certain decisions.  Half day course
Medication Awareness for Shared Lives Carers This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly. Failure to update this may lead to a return to Panel for non-compliance with the Training Agreement (which forms part of your contract with WSCC). Attendance will help you to gain/refresh your understanding of the safe handling, storage, recording and administration of medicines and your responsibilities as a Shared Lives Carer. If you apply what you have learnt on this workshop you will be able to: Update your knowledge on the safe storage and administration of medication. Promote people’s independence with managing their medication. Half day workshop
Moving and Handling of Inanimate Objects This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly. It may also be relevant to domiciliary care workers, personal assistants and anyone caring for an individual in their own home. It will advise you on how to lift inanimate objects safely and look after your back. It will also help you advise those you support on the importance of safe moving and handling E-Learning 15 minutes
Safeguarding Adults at Risk Shared Lives This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly and provides a basic awareness of the adult safeguarding principles underpinning Making Safeguarding Personal. It particularly looks at issues within the Shared Lives Model of care. This course is essential and must be updated every 3 years. Failure to update this may lead to a return to Panel for non-compliance with the Training Agreement which forms part of your contract with WSCC. Half day Workshop
Supporting Positive behaviour in people with a learning disability This module is essential for Shared Lives Carers providing a service in, or based from, their own home. It should be refreshed three yearly. The aim of this workshop is to enable you to reflect on reasons why people behave in ways that could be perceived as challenging. The workshop will also enable you to consider approaches that support individuals to communicate positively. Full day workshop
 
 

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