Training for carers

Adult Care training for carers

Derbyshire County Council Adult Care's training team provide free training for carers. Courses include First Aid, falls prevention and awareness of conditions such as dementia and autism. The team also provide moving and handling training where you can learn safe techniques to prevent injury and have the opportunity to 'try out' new pieces of equipment.

Please call tel: 01629 531492 for further information. You can search for an upcoming course on the Derbyshire County Council (DCC) website and use the 'external application form' to apply online.

Other First Aid courses

As a carer it may be useful to know the basics of First Aid in case of an emergency.

DCC offer First Aid courses through their adult education centres. You can search for a course online. The 'general adult education' section below has further details of charges and concessions. 

The British Red Cross offer both daytime and evening First Aid courses at venues including Nottingham and Sheffield. The courses cost approx. £40.

The Red Cross also has an eLearning program where you can learn about the basics of First Aid. 

Live Well With Dementia

Derbyshire Community Health Service (DCHS) offer a Living Well With Dementia course that is offered to both carers of people with dementia those who are in the in early stages of dementia themselves. The course aims to offer help and support in coming to terms with the diagnosis and to give practical advice on living well with dementia, including explaining what professionals can do to help. The service leaflet explains more about the topics covered.

Two separate groups, one for carers, run in tandem for seven weeks at health centres across north Derbyshire. The service is open to people from all over Derbyshire may attend if they can get to the locations: Clay Cross Hospital, Alfreton Health Centre, Walton Hospital in Chesterfield, the Staveley centre, Moorfield Day Unit at Bolsover Hospital, Stubley Medical Practice in Dronfield. Carers can refer themselves or ask professional to refer them. 

Living With a Long Term Condition

The Living with A Long Term Condition (LWLTC) course is available for anyone living in Derbyshire who has one or more long-term health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), depression, diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart disease, sickle cell, HIV, ME/chronic fatigue, chronic pain or any other condition. The course is also available and has proved to be beneficial for carers of someone with a long term condition. 
The course is designed to support and encourage participants on how to live better with their health condition and improve their quality of life. LWLTC is a free 6-week course that can help a person to take more control of their health by learning new skills to self manage their condition on a daily basis. The course focuses on what a person can do, rather than what they can’t.  Each session is one day a week and lasts two and a half hours and refreshments are provided. 

General Adult Education

Derbyshire County Council run a variety of adult education courses at venues across the county. Courses include computers, English, maths, cookery and even wine tasting! The Adult Education microsite lets you search for courses.

Courses are charged at different rates depending on the curriculum and whether the course has an examination or accreditation element,  but you may be able to get a discount if you have a Gold Card or claim certain benefits.

You may also be able to use a carer personal budget to pay for course fees or a sitting service to look after the person you care for while you are doing the course.

Online Training

There are a wide range of eLearning courses that may interest carers.

The website offers a range of fully funded online courses including Dealing With Challenging Behaviour, Understanding Autism, Principles of Dementia Care and Caring for Children and Young Adults.

Caring for Adults

Open Learn's Caring for Adults online training is a free introductory course for anyone in a caring role, either paid or unpaid. It builds on what you already know to give you a better understanding of your role as a carer. It also supports your own well-being by giving you some ideas and information about looking after yourself and dealing with stress.

Carers UK Online Nutrition Course

Carers UK have worked in collaboration with Nutricia to develop a free online course about nutrition. The course aims to help carers understand the role of nutrition both for yourself and for the person you're looking after.

Caring with Confidence Online Training

The Carers Federation have developed a series of online training courses to help you develop your skills and knowledge for your caring role. The course can be completed in small parts at your own pace.

Online Training for Dementia Carers

Future Learn have a variety of free courses about dementia that can be accessed at any time. 

Social Care Institute of Excellence's free online dementia eLearning course hasn't been updated since 2009 but still contains lots of useful information.

The Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative intended to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way people think, act and talks about the condition. So far nearly 2 million people have become a Dementia Friend by attending an information session or completing the eLearning course. You can find a session in your area on the Dementia Friends website or complete the online training.

This information was last updated on 17/05/2017

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