Public Training Courses 2020
Opening Doors London delivers affordable training for the health and social care sector.
ODL training provides staff, managers and volunteers with the knowledge and skills to enable LGBT+ people over 50 to live happy, healthy and independent lives that are free from loneliness, isolation, prejudice and discrimination.
Our public training courses are based on the latest policy, research and legislation, helping your team to stay abreast of current equality issues, meet best practice and improve the quality of care and support to your older LGBT+ clients and service users.
Please note that "face-to-face" public training has been suspended until the autumn, due to the coronavirus. Check back for updates or email [email protected] for information. For details of our NEW webinar training events, read on...
Social isolation hits the older generations of LGBT+ people particularly hard because they are much less likely to have support from children or extended family, as many heterosexual people do. This one-hour webinar explores the impact of social isolation on the mental health of older LGBT+ people in the context of increased social distancing and demonstrates an approach to written and telephone communication skills that can help engage this vulnerable community in the critical months ahead.2-3PMTuesday 26 May 2020£24Click here to register
Research shows that older LGBT+ people do not access health and social care as early or as regularly as their heterosexual peers, yet they often have more need of services and support. This one-hour webinar, led by older LGBT+ health, housing and social care professionals, explains the decades of discrimination that lie behind many older LGBT+ people’s attitudes to health and social care, and how health and social care professionals can best influence for change.2-3PMMonday 22 June 2020£24Click here to register
Health and social care professionals profess to treat everyone equally, but in practice this often means that important differences in the lives and needs of older LGBT+ people can go ignored. This one-hour webinar led by older LGBT+ health, housing and social care professionals makes clear that there are differences in the lives of older LGBT+ people that need to be understood and appreciated in order to provide effective person-centred care to this marginalised and sometimes vulnerable population.2-3PMMonday 27 July 2020£24Click here to register
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have found limited evidence of services proactively engaging with LGBT+ people and, as a result, their inspectors now explore into LGBT+ inclusion much more closely during inspection. This one-hour webinar, led by older LGBT+ health, housing and social care professionals, builds on ODL’s work evaluating older LGBT+ care services and highlights the priority areas for LGBT+ inclusion that better ensure organisations are rated as good or outstanding by CQC inspectors.2-3PMMonday 24 August 2020£24Click here to register
Many older LGBT+ people have difficulties finding health and social care support in care homes or supported housing where they feel fully included, and as a result may choose to keep their sexual orientation or gender identity secret. This half-day course clarifies law, policy, staff recruitment, training and quality management issues relevant to care homes and supported housing.
It is easy to assume, with the recent changes in legislation, that LGBT+ people no longer experience discrimination, disrespect and prejudice. But many older LGBT+ are fearful of leaving their homes due to personal experience of bullying, harassment and physical assault. This course clarifies hate crime law and how to report concerns effectively, and promotes best practice in safeguarding older LGBT+ people.
Many staff feel that as long as they are treating people equally, understanding the lives of older LGBT+ people has little relevance to the quality of care provided. But research demonstrates that the difference in the lives of this marginalised and previously criminalised group of older people has significant effects on their mental health, safety and security, which those in caring roles need to be alert to if they are to comply with the 2014 Care Act and the increasingly specific requirements of new Care Quality Commission assessments. This half-day course ensures that both care home and domiciliary care staff are abreast of the current issues, meeting their legal requirements and confident providing personalised care and support to older LGBT+ people.
The 2014 Care Act requires health and social care professionals to address the health and care support of older LGBT+ people by tailoring services to their individual needs. But many frontline staff say they lack the knowledge, skills and experience to do this effectively. This half-day course, led by older LGBT+ health and social care professionals, explores relevant practice issues and helps staff implement inclusive care and support plans.
At present, our healthcare infrastructure is ill-equipped to handle the unique treatment and care needs of HIV+ older LGBT+ people. The long-term effects of antiretroviral use are still being discovered and have been associated with a number of comorbidities. Homophobia – especially from the older generation – still presents challenges for those in need of services and health care, and can significantly affect mental health and treatment adherence. Many older LGBT+ people are also estranged from their families and lacking support have a greater dependency on health and social care professionals, yet research has shown that health and care professionals themselves admit to lacking confidence when supporting older LGBT+ people living with HIV.
This half-day training, taking place soon after World Aids Day 2020, explains what we know about the lives of HIV+ older LGBT+ people, and equips health and social care staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to improve health outcomes for HIV+ elderly persons by engaging with their lived experience and identifying some practical steps to improving their access to treatment and support.
For more information on any of the above courses, or to speak with the training team about providing a course for staff at your own organisation venue, please email: [email protected]
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