Clinical Skills Training Hub celebrated at Warrington Excellence Awards

Clinical Skills Training Hub celebrated at Warrington Excellence Awards

A new project to improve the ongoing clinical skills training for health and social care staff across Warrington was ‘highly commended’ at the Borough Council’s Excellence Awards on Thursday 10 October at the Victoria Park ASICS stadium. The hub was set up in May 2019 by NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Warrington Borough Council. 

The hub, which was recognised in the innovation category at the awards, was set up to address a gap in the clinical skills education for health and social care staff who work in both care homes and patients’ homes across Warrington.

The borough has approximately 700 people living in 24 hour care, with the oversight of registered nurses and a further 1,100 people living in 24 hour care settings cared for by care staff with many more in supported living, extracare (sheltered) housing or in their own homes with visiting carers.

Pamela Williams, Quality Improvement Manager for Care Homes at Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group, explains:

“We are delighted that the Clinical Skills Training Hub has been recognised at the Excellence in Warrington Awards.

“Evidence suggested that many local A&E visits are from people living in care settings that are not overseen by registered nurses whilst pressure ulcer incidents are more likely to occur in people who live in their own homes, but who are receiving care from unqualified carers.

“Although there is some excellent education training for care staff available from the local authority and other NHS providers, we identified there was a gap in regular, basic care and specialist skills training for health and social care workers.

“By setting up the Clinical Skills Hub, we have been able to provide regular access for third sector health and social care providers to receive education and share costs and best practice which has helped reduce unnecessary A&E visits and admissions.”

Sessions are hosted by Warrington Borough Council and delivered by Warrington CCG Clinical Skills Hub Educator Lorraine Duffy with the help of colleagues with specialisms in the community who also share their skills.

Since the launch of the Clinical Skills Training Hub in May, 49 separate training sessions on a range of topics have been delivered to over 300 health and social care staff.

To find out more about the Clinical Skills Training Hub please contact Janet Potts, Hub administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..