Posture Friends: An Enabling Care Approach for Adults with a Learning Disability – Cohort 1 – Residential
5 May - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This course has 7 sessions , day 1 requires the manager to attend and days 2-7 for the ‘Posture Friend’ to attend
It would be beneficial to book two ‘Posture Friend’ spaces per organisation to have the biggest impact
Manager Session- One session-Building an Enabling Culture Wednesday 5th May 10-12pm
Facilitator sessions – Six sessions and all sessions must be attended (T&C’s apply)
Introduction to Enabling & Independence – Friday 7th May 10-12.30pm
Communication – Wednesday – 12th May 10-12pm
Anatomy & Physiology – Friday 14th May 10-12.30pm
Posture & Positioning – Wednesday 19th May 2-4.30pm
Therapeutic Handling – Wednesday 26th May 2-5pm
Respiratory Care – Friday 28th May 2-5pm
Posture Friends will support staff in residential settings to take an enabling care approach with all the individuals they support.
There is now overwhelming evidence that people with a Learning Disability in England are dying prematurely, and that these deaths are potentially avoidable!
In 2019, there were 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability and 23,500 are in Hertfordshire. Public Health England estimates that about 2% of the population of Hertfordshire (c 23,500) has a learning disability although only one in five is known to GPs. One in five of these 23,500 die early.
In 2018, the Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) found that this early mortality amounted to people dying between 20 and 30 years younger than the general population, and this highlighted a shocking health inequality. The review revealed that the most common cause of death was a respiratory infection, which is more commonly known as a chest infection.
This emerging information has sparked the realisation about something that has been known in Therapy settings for a long time, and that is: poor postural alignment can have severe and life-threatening consequences (4). This is because, for people who have limited mobility, difficulty breathing, and therefore risk of developing a respiratory infection, is often a result of poor postural alignment.
By the end of the course learners will be able to:
• Improve the health outcomes, mortality rates, experiences, and quality of life of people with a learning disability by empowering care deliverers who work in this sector with knowledge about general principles which will help them to:
• Understand the effects of postural care on:
• Respiratory function (particularly in the prevention of chest infections and early)
• Eating and drinking (with regards swallowing difficulties and choking risk)
• Functional ability and ability to participate
• Pressure areas
• Pressure on internal organs
• Tone and contractures
• Pain and agitation
• Emotional and psychological problems (? Including self-image)
• Care givers’ own confidence, job satisfaction and stress levels
• Recognise signs of discomfort and distress
• Recognise early signs of acute deterioration
• Implement an Enabling Care Approach and a foster a ‘questioning’ mindset
• Optimise the potential for independence
• Have an awareness the benefits of movement and activity, including standing/walking programmes
• Have an awareness of the roles of different Health Professionals, and how and when to signpost appropriately
Requirements and expectations
Learners will be expected to be engaged in learning, participate in all activities including group discussions, share their own experiences of working in the care sector, whilst respecting confidentiality, and to share best practice examples
Delegates will be expected to attend Face to Face CPD sessions once this is possible and certificates will last for a year, when the next CPD should be undertaken
A Onefile (e-portfolio) profile will be created on the learners behalf to support them in the completion of their course