We've designed the first digital training resource for lay carers to learn, train and be supported in providing clinical care to their loved one in the home.
At the Helix Centre, we have been internally developing a project that aims to widen the capabilities for communities to bring the dying experience back into the home, to help re-align the established culture of medicalisation in hospitals and other care settings to where most people want to be cared for: in their homes.
I believe for end-of-life care to become more equitable, lay carers must have access to the skills and training to support their loved ones. This is a massive undertaking and must transcend decades of established barriers and blockages that the healthcare profession - in some cases rightly - places in its path.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has radically altered the landscape of health and care in the UK and indeed the world. Things must change, and change quickly.
And so, in mid-March, we rapidly tooled up our research and translated our work - with the support of Bangor University and NHS England - to create the first digital training resource for lay carers to learn, train and be supported in providing clinical care to their loved one in the home. This first training tool is focused on administering sub-cutaneous injections. You can view the microsite here.