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RBWM Press Release
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« on: July 01, 2014, 01:12:11 PM »

The council and the Windsor and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group have secured £251,000 in funding to train and develop a workforce that provides care and support to older and disabled people living in the borough.

Health Education Thames Valley has awarded the council the money to implement a programme of training and development focused on delivering good personalised care, enabling people to remain as independent as possible, preventing loneliness and isolation, falls, supporting people with care, nutrition, hydration and much more.

The award supports the delivery of the joint Royal Borough/Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group Strategy for Prevention and Enablement, agreed by the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board in March.

Cllr David Coppinger, cabinet member for adult services and health, and chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “This funding is vitally important as part of the wider plan to help local residents and patients stay well and independent for as long as possible.

“The money allows us to further train and develop staff working in community health and care services as well as those in care homes, home care settings – including family carers – and those in the voluntary sector.

“As a borough we face significant challenges as it is estimated more than 3% of our population will be over the age of 85 by 2020. This is to be celebrated but it does increase the potential for reduced mobility, more health problems, isolation and loneliness.

“Through better training and development of staff and effective partnership working I am confident that we can implement the strategy to address and deal with the challenges for the benefit of our residents.”

Health Education Thames Valley is the education and training board covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Its vision is to provide excellent education and training to develop a highly capable, flexible and motivated workforce to deliver improvements in health and care for local residents.
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