Continuing Professional Development Programme
July – Dec 2014
All courses are only open to UNISON members unless otherwise stated and are free. Courses will be held in UNISON Belfast unless otherwise stated
Pressure Ulcer Prevention 10am – 1pm Mon 22nd Sept; 2 – 4.30pm Thurs 6th Nov UNISON Derry
Pressure sores are an increasing problem that affect thousands of people unnecessarily every year. They are painful, debilitating and can be life threatening. This session is targeted at care assistants and home care workers, who are at the forefront of early preventative interventions for clients/patients on this issue. It will introduce participants to the various stages of pressure ulceration as well as prevention strategies and reporting role when damage is found. It will be delivered by members of the Tissue Viability Nurses Network NI. UNISON is part of the Your Turn campaign to raise awareness of pressure ulcer prevention Further information is available at http://www.your-turn.org.uk
Core Skills for Dementia 10am – 4pm, Thursday 25th Sept UNISON Derry
It aims to provide members with an understanding of the clinical condition of dementia, explore a psycho-social approach to people with dementia and to consider the meaning of behaviour that challenges in people with dementia. In addition it will cover the issue of pain management in people with dementia. It will be delivered by Marilyn Beare, OU Associate Lecturer
Learning Disability & Dementia (in partnership with ARC) Tues 30th Sept
This workshop will cover a range of aspects of dementia and how it relates to adults with a learning disability, including: what is dementia (concentrating specifically on how it affects everyday function for people diagnosed, using practical, experiential group activities), communication, difficult behaviours, meaningful activity, environmental modification/adaptation/design. It will be delivered by Moira Scanlon, an Occupational Therapist working with adults with a learning disability & dementia
Falls Prevention in Residential & Acute Settings 10 -1pm Tues 30th Sept; 2 – 4.30pm Tues 21st October, UNISON Derry
This half day course explores how staff can reduce slips, trips and falls in acute and residential settings. It will help promote an understanding of the significance and impact of falls and the importance of falls prevention, facilitate participants to be aware of common risk factors associated with falls and understand their role in falls prevention, as well as be aware of falls management strategies. It is of relevance to home care workers, care assistants, nurses and AHPs. Delivered by Leona Robinson, OT
Music Group Activities for Adults with Learning Disabilities 10am – 1pm Mon 13th Oct
This half day workshop explore how to use music as a way of engaging with and stimulating adults with learning disabilities. Delivered by Karen Diamond from the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Association, it will enable participants to better understand how music therapy can be an effective tool for communication and fun.
Handling Complaints and Concerns 10am – 1pm Tues 14th Oct
This half study day explores why and how staff, patients and others express dissatisfaction with a service. Participants will examine the standards and frameworks for complaint handling and the roles of front line staff, complaints managers, RQIA, professional regulatory bodies, Patient and Client Council, Information Commissioner and the office of the Northern Ireland Ombudsman. Participants will understand the importance of monitoring complaints, concerns and compliments and will also consider how staff can be supported in order to deal positively when faced with a complaint. Special emphasis will be placed on developing effective communication skills relating to complaint management. Dr Jane Wright has a background in accident and emergency nursing and is also a nurse educator.
Creating and Maintaining Support for Service Users and Professionals 10am – 4pm Wed 15th Oct
Emotional resilience is essential for workers in health and care services and the key to maintaining emotional resilience is interpersonal support. This workshop will provide the opportunity to understand a little of the psychodynamics of interpersonal support between workers and service users, and between colleagues in health and social care, and will also explore the ways in which interpersonal support can be built within groups of people. It will be delivered by Dugald McCullough, Open University Associate Lecturer
Staying Out Late – Issues for Older LGB&T People in Care Settings 1.30 – 3.30pm Tues 29th July
“Staying Out Late” is a workshop by Clare Summerskill about older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people’s thoughts and concerns about being out and in care later in life, whether in residential homes or receiving care in their own home. It will support health and social care providers implement the RQIA endorsed guidelines on care provision for older LGB&T people. Clare wrote a play of that name after running six drama workshops over six weeks with older LGBT people using improvisations and discussion around the issues. The participants performed it alongside professional actors at The Drill Hall Theatre, London. The presentation includes a talk about the play, some monologues and readings from the script, a short participatory game, and analysis on the issues involved. Clare is a renowned comedian and LGB&T advocate, having appeared on Radio 4 as well as festivals across the UK. This workshop is being run in partnership with Age NI and the Health & Social Care LGB&T staff forum as part of Belfast Pride festival http://www.belfastpride.com/ and is open to all.
Supporting People In The Workplace Who Are Transitioning 10am – 1pm Wed 30th July
The workplace can be a very challenging place for someone who identifies as transgender. This seminar is targeted by trade union reps and those working in Human Resources and is being run by UNISON in partnership with the Equality Commission. It aims to give participants an understanding of issues which impact on transgender people in the workplace and how employers can meet their duty of care. It will cover what is best practice as well as legal obligations for employers to support a staff member in the workplace while he or she is transitioning. As this event is run as part of Belfast Pride Festival www.belfastpride.com , it is open for anyone to attend
Tackling the T: Gender Variant Young People Fri 22nd Aug 10am – 1pm Derry
Transgender and gender dysphoria are topics which are often misunderstood. There are an increasing number of young people who are coming out as trans and their experience of education, health and social care services has been very mixed and sometimes hostile. This is a workshop for practitioners who want to be able to support young people around their gender identity. It will give you the opportunity to explore issues affecting young trans people in Northern Ireland including barriers to healthcare and education. This workshop will run by YouthNet and SAIL as part of a broader Trans conference facilitated by the Rainbow Project for Foyle Pride www.foylepridefestival.com and is open to all
Mental Health and Anxiety Management for Children and Young People with Autism 10am – 4pm Thurs 13th Nov
This training session will provide participants with information on common mental health challenges that people with autism can experience. There will be a particular emphasis on the experience of anxiety, this will include Depression; Anxiety disorders; Cognitive strategies to help manage anxiety. It will be delivered by Fiona McCaffrey, Middletown Centre for Autism
Sensory Processing and Autism 10am – 4pm Fri 10th Oct in UNISON Derry
This training session will examine the sensory processing difficulties frequently associated with ASD and will demonstrate how these deficits impact upon learning, play, social interactions and behaviour in the school environment. The training will be divided into the following areas: Sensory processing difficulties associated with ASD; The impact of sensory processing on learning, play, social interactions and behaviour; Strategies to address sensory processing issues in the school environment and other contexts
The training session will consist of a combination of presentations, practical activities and case study discussions and will be delivered by Kate Cullen, Middletown Centre for Autism
Positive Behaviour Support for Children & Young People with Autism 10am – 4pm Thurs 27th Nov
This session will examine how the core features of autistic spectrum disorders can influence the behaviour of children and young people with this diagnosis. Finding the function of challenging behaviour will be highlighted as the starting point of any behaviour support plan. It will be delivered by Frances O’Neill, Middletown Centre for Autism
Relationships and Sexuality Education for Young People with Autism 10am – 3.30pm Thurs 16th Oct, UNISON Derry
This session will examine the impact of adolescence on young people with autism. Participants will be shown how to incorporate behavioural interventions with visual strategies to help teenagers with autism cope with some of the typical issues of adolescence. The training will provide practical strategies that educational professionals may use to support teenagers with autism. It will also focus on the delivery of sex and relationships education for students with autism. It will be delivered by Suzanne McCanney & Leah McKeown Middletown Centre for Autism
Transitions & Autism 10am – 4pm Fri 7th Nov UNISON Derry
Change is an area of significant difficulty for children and young people with autism; this difficulty with change is particularly acute during transition times. These can be transitions in relation to situation e.g. moving from home to school, in relation to task e.g. attention shift from one activity to another. Transitions also include issues such as adolescence and major life transitions e.g. leaving school. This session will explore why difficulties occur, discuss the situations that are likely to create difficulties for children and young people and provide useful strategies that can be used to promote stress free transition. It will be delivered by Frances O’Neill, Middletown Centre for Autism
Emergency First Aid for Children 10am – 4pm Thurs 14th August, UNISON Belfast
This one day non accredited workshop will focus on emergencies impacting on children. It will cover Resuscitation and the more common emergencies including Asthma, Epilepsy, Anaphylaxis, Burns, not forgetting the usual cuts, grazes, bruises and broken bones. Participants will have ample opportunities for “hands-on” and questions. It will be delivered by Peter McCahon, Kilmaine Healthcare Training and an instructor in Accident & Emergency Care.
ASIST Suicide Intervention 9am – 5pm Tues 19th & Wed 20th Aug
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a 2 day course intended as ‘suicide first-aid’ training. ASIST aims to enable participants to become more willing, ready and able to recognise and intervene effectively to help persons at risk of suicide. It is a useful next step for those who have completed Safe Talk. It will be delivered by Belfast Suicide Support Group.
Suicide Awareness & Prevention (limited to 25 places) 10am – 4pm Wed 19th Nov
This is a one day workshop which aims to give participants an understanding of the issues around suicide, why people consider it, risk factors, why someone may not ask for help, how to communicate safely with someone at risk; and support networks. This is open to any member who has an interest from a professional or personal perspective. It is delivered by PIPS, Belfast http://www.pipscharity.com
Introduction to Mindfulness (limited to 16 places) 10am – 4pm Mon 3rd Nov
The practice of mindfulness emphasises listening to, observing and acknowledging emotional experiences and enables people to develop a more finely tuned awareness of their inner experiences and to cultivate an improved regulation of their emotional responses. There is a growing research base indicating its efficacy to promote physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing. It has been used to treat a range of problems including the management of mood disorders, chronic pain, arthritis, sleep disturbance, stress, chronic fatigue and professional burnout. It will be delivered by Monique Harte & Greg Kelly, University of Ulster, OT Dept
Advancing Mindfulness Practice Course (limited to 16 places) 10am – 4pm Mon 1st & Mon 15th Sept
This two day workshop explores the growing evidence base the use of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in relieving physical pain and emotional suffering. Participants will be supported to begin their own mindfulness practice and to develop their own knowledge and skills of mindfulness based approaches in health care. Participants will be facilitated to skill share and consider strategies for the application of mindfulness within their individual work place. Participants must have completed an introductory mindfulness course to book on this workshop, as it will assume a working knowledge of mindfulness. It will be delivered by Monique Harte and Greg Kelly, University of Ulster OT Department
Power of Positive Thinking 10am – 1pm Fri 22nd Aug ; 6-9pm Wed 1st Oct; 10 – 1pm Fri 31st Oct
Has your get up and go got up and gone? This half day course is refreshing and interactive. You will learn how to motivate yourself and your staff. Learn the secrets of achievement and the power of positive thinking. Refocus, be focused and see the results. The course would be beneficial to participants on an individual basis and also in a management role. This course is delivered by Keith Latimer – Life Coach and NLP Practitioner.
Yoga Taster Workshop 6 – 9pm on Wed 1st Oct
Yoga is a mindful way to exercise your body, build on strengths, work on weaknesses, and open your energy centres. It can also support mental resilience , relaxation and can be adapted to suit all abiities/disabilities. This is a taster workshop to give people a chance to try it out for themselves. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat/blanket. It will be delivered by Gabrielle Larkin, who is a fully qualified yoga teacher and also a nurse.
Communication Skills for Catering & Cleaning Supervisors 6 – 9pm Wed 1st October
This workshop aims to support supervisors in catering and cleaning roles to look at how communication can enable better staff engagement. It will help participants to understand better how communication works, the pitfalls and how to improve your own communication skills. It will also look at how to prioritise your workload and deal with conflict. It will be delivered by Deirdre Gunn
Communicating Effectively To Support Staff 10am – 1pm Fri 21st Nov
This workshop aims to support supervisors and managers to look at how communication can support engagement with staff on a range of issues. It will help participants to understand better how communication works, the pitfalls and how to improve your own communication skills. It includes understanding of how communication works and why it breaks down as well as the assertiveness model for effective communication. It will be delivered by Deirdre Gunn
Managing Difficult Situations (limited to 15 places) 10am – 4pm Tues 14th Oct
As a manager you are sure to be met with difficult situations, sometimes on a regular basis , whether this is through staff shortages, ineffective processes, performance or lack of engagement, whatever the reason the challenges we face as managers are never-ending. Early intervention is imperative if we want to avoid or at least diffuse some of the conflict we can often face. This one day workshop aims to help you understand the personal behaviours of both you and your team and the importance that motivation and adaptability can play in the workplace. There is not a one size fits all approach but this workshop will help you develop techniques and strategies that will enable you to manage ‘difficult’ situations that ultimately support a win : win in the workplace! It will be delivered by Jane Boyle, Mediator and HR Consultant.
The Life Course – Biographical Disruption and Effective Support (16 places) 10am – 4pm Mon 17th Nov
This interactive one-day workshop is aimed at staff who support others in a management, supervisory or mentoring role. It will explore the difference between typical, predictable life-cycle events that affect us all (birth, childhood, education, adolescence, adulthood, work, retirement, death) and the ‘life course’ which varies from person to person, depending on their individual experience. The life course takes account of the notion of ‘biographical disruption’ which refers to often unforeseen and sometimes devastating events that may occur ‘out of the blue’ such as separation and divorce, chronic illness, unexpected loss etc. These unanticipated life interruptions can present significant disruption to people, not only in their personal lives, but also in terms of their adjustment to work. The workshop will explore some of these events, their impact on employees and how best managers, supervisors and mentors can get alongside staff to support them through such crises. It will be delivered by Robin McRoberts, Open University Associate Lecturer
Non UNISON Courses in the North West
There are a range of providers in the North West offering some great courses, so rather than compete for learners, we are encouraging members to access what is already there.
The Clear Project offers a range of courses free in the North West including Mental Health First Aid, Safe Talk, Self Harm Awareness and Working with people affected by alcohol and drug misuse. These courses are targeted at people who are involved in the community/volutary sector or volunteer in any local community, church, youth group etc You can get information on courses through http://www.clearproject.co.uk/ or ring 028 7138 3386
If you work for the Western Trust, their Health Improvement Team run a wide range of mental health, resilience, nutrition, breastfeeding, drug and alcohol, get active type courses. http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net/HealthyLiving.htm or ring 028 7186 5127
UNISON Course Booking Form
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Please Return to Fidelma Carolan, Regional Organiser (Lifelong Learning) UNISON, Galway House, 165 York St., Belfast BT15 1AL Fax 028 90327929
or email to Anne Campbell A.Campbell2@unison.co.uk
If you have any questions about the workshops contact Fidelma 07796675826 F.Carolan@unison.co.uk
All courses are free and lunch/refreshements are provided but there is no travel allowance available.