The Anticipatory Care Calendar (ACC) is a simple tool to improve the daily surveillance of health for adults with learning disabilities, communication problems and dementia. The calendar can help to overcome some of the barriers that people with learning disabilities, communication problems and dementia frequently encounter when trying to access health services. Developed in 2006 by the Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network, the tool has been implemented in a variety of care settings. The evaluation identified that the tool would be appropriate in improving the provision of care to adults in other settings, including care homes. The Lancashire and Cumbria Cancer Network has now joined in a partnership with the Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network to roll out the calendar across both networks, along with the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network.
It is an innovative approach to daily health assessments designed to alert staff of health changes and provide clear directions about accessing primary care. A 'traffic light' system triggers a specific response to abnormal observations. The aim is to support social care staff in developing a high standard of health record keeping, and to monitor health and ensure clients access NHS cancer screening programmes.
From February 2012, the process for using the Anticipatory Care Calendar will be changing. A Train the Trainer package will be available for managers and senior staff from social care settings. The remainder of staff will access an eLearning programme and will be supported by the staff who have completed the Train the Trainer programme. Once all staff have completed the training, the ACC documents will be released.
The Train the Trainer programme is a full day course, whilst the eLearning package should take no more than 2 hours.
Please follow the link below to find out more information and to register for the training:
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