Home care specialist Nobilis has launched a new training programme to help staff recognise and respond to mental health conditions among their clients and colleagues.
Last month saw the first employees begin their First Aid for Mental Health programme – part of a £200,000 wider education initiative running throughout Nobilis – with many more set to complete it over the coming weeks and months.
The qualification provides learners with the knowledge to recognise a range of mental health conditions, how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional.
First Aid for Mental Health is Ofqual or SQA Accreditation regulated and includes a combination of self-study and webinars guided by a qualified trainer. Nobilis believes this is an industry-first, and particularly relevant as Covid-19 has not only taken a physical toll on clients and carers, but also an emotional one.
Nobilis managing director Peter Harrington said: “In caring for the physical and emotional needs of our clients it’s really important to Nobilis that our employees understand what signs to look out for that either a client or a colleague might not be coping emotionally. Once they are recognised that someone is perhaps in need of help, it’s then important that they understand how best to support that person. First Aid for Mental Health offers our teams all the tools they need to more easily help clients, colleagues and themselves to recognise and manage their mental health.”
The programme is part of a suite of training programmes being introduced by Nobilis under the umbrella of its newly launched apprenticeship training partnership with Paragon Skills. The Nobilis Adult Care Worker curriculum includes Levels 2 3, 4 and 5 Standards in Adult Care, accredited by City & Guilds and recognised by the Care Quality Commission and health and social care sector.
The course syllabus for First Aid for Mental Health covers a range of subjects – from anxiety, stress, and depression to bipolar disorder, self-harm, and drugs and alcohol.
Employees taking the course will learn how to recognise and manage stress and understand the impact of substance abuse; a first-aid action plan for mental health; how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace; and how to start a supportive conversation, plus when and how to signpost a person to seek help.
Learners who achieve this qualification are able to progress to the FAA Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (RQF) or an Award in Leading First Aid for Mental Health at SCQF Level 6.