Tuesday, February 16, 2021

7 Training Courses at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital to Improve Your Basic Care Knowledge

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Since the revamp of the Learning Management System (LMS) portal, Community Care professionals are now able to upskill and pursue continuous learning within the sector, from the eight Learning Institutes (LIs) appointed by the Agency for Integrated Care. One such LI is Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (KWSH).

Providing Care Closer to Home

Established in 1910, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (KWSH) is Singapore's largest single-site nursing home operator, whose services include inpatient services, a Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre, Senior Care Centres as well as community care centres and community outreach programmes.

In 2018, KWSH established the Community Training Institute (CTI) to showcase their commitment to training and development. In July 2018, they were one of the first organisations to be appointed the Lead Training Providers by the Agency for Integrated Care.

From their initial offerings of basic courses for care staff, home care and caregiver training, KWSH has extended its scope to engage with community partners as well. In the next four years, KWSH will be rolling out over 90 courses across five domains — as well as work with 18 training providers — to meet the sector’s manpower development needs. Here are other accreditations that KWSH holds.

  • First Industry Approved Training Centre (ATC) to conduct the ITE Skills Certificate (ISC) in Healthcare (Home Care and Dementia Care)
  • ITE Certified On-The-Job Training Center (COJTC)
  • SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)’s Approved Training Provider
  • SkillsFuture Queen Bee

Building a strong foundation for Basic Care

KWSH provides courses ranging from clinical care to psychosocial health and has plans to delve into other aspects of training and development, specifically for the Community Care sector.

Here are seven courses suitable for Community Care professionals across all levels who wish to learn more about Basic Care.

Care of Clients with Behavioural and Cognitive Issues ($240, 7 hours)

Suitable for: Allied Health Professional, Enrolled Nurse, Registered Nurse

What you’ll learn: This curriculum provides learners with clinical knowledge and skills essential for managing challenging behaviours in seniors in a nursing home. This includes the development of age-appropriate cognitive-stimulating activities in a nursing home setting.

Monitoring and Management Client's Health Status ($240, 7 hours)

Suitable for: Registered nurses working in a community hospital, nursing home or residential aged care setting.

What you’ll learn: Nurses will be equipped with knowledge and skills to identify acute symptoms, implement management approaches and perform physical assessment and examination relating to conditions of cardiovascular, respiratory, gastro-intestinal and neurological origins.

ITE Skills Certificate in Healthcare - Homecare ($3,200, 120 hours)

Suitable for: Support Care Staff

What you’ll learn: Learners will be trained on grooming and hygiene, and would need to fulfil two main components to complete the course. The first is an 120-hour classroom-based programme on basic healthcare and home care knowledge such as (but not limited to) oral feeding, performing urinary catheter, bed bathing and using of mobility devices. On top of that, learners will need an on-the-job training spanning 1,600 hours at nursing homes. For more details, click here.

Perform General Cleaning Activities ($80, 4 hours)

Suitable for: Support Care Staff

What you’ll learn: This course prepares learners on key skills such as selecting and preparing cleaning agents and equipment, cleaning and disinfecting work and surface areas, as well as reinstating work areas.

Live Long Live Strong ($100, 4 hours)

Suitable for: Registered Nurse, Advanced Practice Nurse, Corporate Services Staff

What you’ll learn: Zooming in on ‘Active Ageing’, this course allows learners to gain insights to understand the ever-evolving health landscape in Singapore and deep dive into the biology, determinants, psychology and even benefits of active ageing.

Lifting, Transferring and Positioning of Clients ($80, 4 hours)

Suitable for: Support Care Staff

What you’ll learn: From the principles and guidelines on transferring residents to the use of relevant devices, learners will acquire foundational knowledge on bed mobility and usage of appropriate devices. However, do note that this course does not issue official competency certifications for use of devices.

Assist Residents with Basic Hygiene Activities ($80,  7 hours)

Suitable for: Support Care Staff

What you’ll learn: Learners can look forward to acquiring knowledge on aiding seniors with their daily physical hygiene routines. This includes activities such as bathing, oral hygiene or skin and foot care.

For more information on courses to kickstart your professional development, click here and simply filter to your desired LI of choice in the Course Marketplace in the LMS and take your pick.

Visit https://cti.kwsh.org.sg to find out more about the Community Training Institute @ KWSH, or call 6422 1300.

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