A training programme was developed jointly by Care at Home service and District Nursing service.
- It was agreed that all Care at Home staff would undertake eye drop training.
- It was agreed this would be delivered in localities by District Nursing staff, with a pilot session initially being delivered in one locality (Three Towns.)
- Training sessions were scheduled to last approximately 1.5 hours and were inclusive of a power point presentation, providing information with regards to anatomy, physiology and frequently used eye drops and their reason for use. The presentation explained the correct way to administer eye drops.
- Following this presentation all Care at Home staff have the opportunity to practice their technique on mannequins before being assessed by a member of the District Nursing team and being deemed competent, with additional support offered to staff not deemed competent.
- It was agreed that training would be delivered locally to allow staff groups to be trained within a six-month period.
- It was proposed that eye drops training be incorporated into Induction Training for all new staff, with District Nursing staff continuing to support this training.
- It was proposed that other Independent Care at Home providers would attend this training in locality based training sessions