Care homes looking after hundreds of thousands of vulnerable residents across the UK have now been offered free access to Boots Care Learning to support new and existing staff.
There are more than 20,000 care homes in the UK looking after over 400,000 residents, and they are facing immense pressure on staffing, whilst still protecting this vulnerable group of people.
Boots has been a long-term supporter of social care, delivering medicines and providing much-needed support to care homes on a daily basis for over 30 years.
The online Boots Care Learning resource is made up of over 70 modules. To support through the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be available free of charge for all residential and nursing home staff across the UK.
Vic Rayner, the Director of the National Care Forum (NCF), which is the leading voice for not for profit care providers, said:
“Care homes are at the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis and we have the most incredible workforce across social care, supporting our most vulnerable citizens in these very challenging times. The care sector is also working hard to attract new workers and volunteers to join the frontline of care. This initiative from Boots will provide invaluable support for care homes and their staff’s confidence and expertise in these specialist healthcare topics as they look after their residents and patients, and will help to upskill new recruits as they join our care workforce.”
As a token of thanks for the tireless work of staff in care homes, Boots is also sending thousands of products to care home workers up and down the country.
Alex Roberts, Head of Care Services and Speciality Items for Boots UK added:
“Many care home residents have very serious and complex health conditions, which our pharmacists and pharmacy teams have valuable expertise in. So during these unprecedented times, we feel that it’s absolutely right to make this knowledge available to all care homes across the UK in addition to the ones we partner with. This will help the training of hundreds of new starters who are joining the care homes sector every day. Our Care Services team have been caring for the most vulnerable patients in our communities for over 30 years and throughout COVID-19, we continue to do just that – side by side with our colleagues in the social care sector, as we are with the NHS.”
Boots and the NCF hope that this initiative, alongside the return of nurses, employment of new recruits and volunteers, will help to ease the pressure on residential care, and support new joins to train up quickly on essential healthcare conditions and medicines management.