Oulton: Role play used to train staff

STAFF at a care centre near Lowestoft have been using role play as an innovative way to educate staff about dignity in care.Workers at Suffolk Mental Health Trust's residential learning disability centre in Oulton have been acting out hypothetical situations in order to learn about protecting the rights of vulnerable adults.

STAFF at a care centre near Lowestoft have been using role play as an innovative way to educate staff about dignity in care.

Workers at Suffolk Mental Health Trust's residential learning disability centre in Oulton have been acting out hypothetical situations in order to learn about protecting the rights of vulnerable adults.

Some staff members, known as safeguarding champions, act out made-up scenes for their colleagues, which show poor practice in settings such as a caf�, a living room and a bathroom.

The situations are then discussed to consider issues surrounding confidentiality, medication, restraint and physical and psychological abuse.

By Christmas, 95pc of the 150 staff based in Oulton will have received Protection of Vulnerable Adult (POVA) training using this new method.

Nurse lead Sue Medley said: 'We wanted to improve quality across the service, and this peer training was thought to be a good training model.

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'What we wanted people to really see was the knife-edge between poor practice and institutional abuse.'