Educating Essex: Prevention of Poor People Handling in Care Homes
Essex is a large and diverse county. It spans over 12 district and borough councils, 5 NHS CCG’s and 2 unitary authorities. Essex has some of the most deprived coastal towns nationally with a high population of older people and conversely urban areas close to the London fringes with a very culturally diverse population. There are around 400 older people care homes and 60 care homes for adults with learning disabilities. Due to the size of the County and local variances, Adult Social Care is divided into 4 quadrants – North, Mid, South and West.
Prevention is a key part of the Care Act 2014 and this work falls within this prevention aim. A safer handling course was developed by two senior Essex County Council OTs to support other professionals within their team by raising awareness of what poor manual handling could look like. The aim being, if they witnessed this during their practice or visits then a timely response could be initiated to prevent potential injury. It was the success of this session that has evolved this idea and we now have a collaborative approach to ‘Educating Essex’ in the prevention of poor people handling in care homes.