Free online training for care home staff: oral health, dying and ‘react to’ resources

We’ve been made aware of a number of free online training resources for care home staff and have picked out a selection to share with you in this week’s newsletter.

The first is some Oral Health e-learning available from Skills for Health. The recent publication of the CQC report, Smiling Matters: Oral health care in care homes found that both a lack of access to dentists and insufficient support provided by care home staff is leading to a worrying state of affairs for residents’ dental health.

Over a four month period from October 2018 to January 2019 CQC dental inspectors visited 100 care home services across England to investigate the state of oral health care. Key findings:

  • Nearly half (47%) of care homes were not providing any staff training to support people’s daily oral healthcare
  • 17% of care homes visited said they did not assess people’s oral health on admission
  • The majority (52%) of the care homes visited had no policy to promote and protect people’s oral health

Skills for Health (SfH) Oral Health e-learning is available for free via their partners, the Skills Platform. To access the course for free, click here.

You can also update your staff’s skills in dealing with the sensitive subject of resident death with Social Care TV’s free Dying, Death and Bereavement course, which is available until 5th August.

This training is perfect for new starters and for refreshing the skills of existing staff, being an ideal update – and it’s totally free. You can access it by clicking here.

Finally, NHS Improvement has released some ‘how to’ guides for the care sector called ‘React To’. The topics covered are:

  • React To Red
  • React To Moisture
  • React To Infection
  • React To Falls
  • React To Feet

React To is a series of training resources specifically designed for care home staff and other healthcare professionals. Although aimed at care home staff these resources are also relevant to other carers and healthcare professionals.

Simply select your topic, watch the films and view or download the accompanying documents. Each topic, including a short video and print resources, can be accessed at

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