Specialist care training – what is it?

Specialist Care Training

As a carer working in the health care sector, it is crucial that every patient is afforded the correct support and care. Specialist care training courses can provide the skills and knowledge necessary to complete a range of specialist tasks, including the management of instances relating to conflict or challenging behaviour.

Specialist services in the area of care cover physical and mental attributes that affect individuals.  The requirements for each specialism vary depending upon the type and severity.  These are as follows;

Specialist Care Training – Learning Disability

A learning disability is classed as a condition giving rise to learning difficulties.  It is not normally associated with physical disabilities although the two can be combined.

Individuals with learning disabilities tend to have difficulty understanding complicated information and take longer to learn basic and new skills.  They require support due to a reduced intellectual ability that can affect any or all aspects of their lives.

Depending upon the level of the disability this could mean fulltime care if severe, or support with certain tasks such as getting a job if the disability is mild.

Individuals with specific conditions can also have learning disabilities.  For example, people with Down’s syndrome or Autism may have specific learning disabilities.

With support from carers with the correct specialist training, most people in the UK with a learning disability can still lead independent and full lives.

Specialist Care Training – Physical Disability

If a person has a physical disability or long-term illness, social carers and organisations in the independent and not-for-profit sectors can help individuals live as independently as possible.

Physical disability is defined as a limitation on an individuals physical mobility, functioning, dexterity or stamina.  Physical disabilities can include impairments which limit aspects of daily living, such as blindness, epilepsy, respiratory disorders and even sleep disorders.

The specialist area of physical disabilities is diverse.  From injuries that impede mobility to birth defects, this area of specialist care training can be broken down into multiple tiers in the UK.

A physical disability is the long-term loss or impairment of part of the body’s physical function. Aside from walking and mobility it can involve difficulties with sitting and standing, use of arms and hands, sight, hearing, speech, breathing, bladder control, muscle control, sleeping, fits and seizures or chronic tiredness. A physical disability can be genetic. It can also come about through something that happened before or during birth or later in life through an illness or injury. A physical disability may be obvious, such as loss of a limb, or less obvious, for example, diabetes.

Specialist Care Training – Mental Health

Mental health is defined as an individuals condition with regard to their emotional and psychological well-being.

Diagnosed mental conditions can include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and eating disorders.  These are difficult to treat and normally require a combination of therapy, medication and support.

However, in the last 20 years, the number of people in the UK suffering from “mental health issues” unrelated to specific disorders has increased dramatically.

Mental health can be affected by stress, fear or regret. It can be triggered by addiction, a live changing event or prolonged exposure to pressurised situations. A disconnect between work and life balance can cause a decline in mental well-being whilst disagreements at home can lead to long term detachment.

Being mentally healthy doesn’t mean that a person doesn’t have a mental health problem.  People struggling with mental health issues can find it difficult coping with daily life, can become withdrawn from the workplace, community and family.

Mental health issues can affect anyone regardless of age, colour or religion.
While lifelong mental health issues do exist, work related or domestic based mental well-being can be worked through with support from care services.

Specialist Care Training Courses

At Tutorcare we offer a wide range of Specialist care training courses for care workers, care home management teams and nursing staff. These include;

Specialist Care Training Further reading:

Mental Health Illness Types
Learning disabilities website
Working with disabilities Care Homes

 

 

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