Leading learning disability care provider NobleCare welcomed four specialist psychiatric nurses from Hong Kong to its care services to share the latest advances in care provision for people with learning disabilities and autism in the UK. All advanced practitioners in their home country, the nurses worked with NobleCare and the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) to learn best practices that they could take back to Hong Kong.
Their best practice training included:
- Meetings with NobleCare managers and observation of best care practices at four of their residential learning disability and autism services
- Time spent shadowing staff at Brooklands Hospital, a specialist hospital for people with learning disabilities
- Formal classroom training in a number of modules, including: positive behaviour support; advanced autism; person-centred planning; history of learning disabilities care in the UK
Dr Gurpreet Takhar, CEO of NobleCare also delivered a training module on ‘caring in the 21st century’. He commented, “The care of people with learning disabilities has come a long way in the UK in recent years and it’s refreshing that people from other countries have recognised this and are keen to learn from our experience.”
Colin Smith, associate consultant at BILD who planned the programme said, “This is the first programme of its kind and we have blended classroom learning with observation of real life applications so that the nurses can immediately apply the things that they have learnt. I selected NobleCare as an example of best practice as their thoughtful person-centred approach has been very successful in enhancing the lives of the people they care for.”
Established in 2000, NobleCare delivers high quality specialist care for people with learning disabilities at five residential care services in the Midlands. The organisation has been recognised as providing some of the best care services of their type for people with learning disabilities and autism, winning two national care awards in 2014.