Home and support workers input welcomed in developing educational strategy
The input of home and personal support workers is encouraged through an online survey to better understand their training and educational needs.
The Department of Health and Community Services in collaboration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI) is seeking this input through an online survey. Results of the survey will help to inform the development of an educational strategy, a recommendation of the Provincial Home Support Program Review.
“The expertise and analysis provided by our staff will allow for a more informed decisionmaking and policy development process that supports an educational strategy for home care and personal support workers,” said Dr. Kris Aubrey-Bassler of NLCHI.
Completed by Deloitte, the Provincial Home Support Program Review identified a 25 Point Plan to improve the program. Work on the 25 Point Plan is well underway.
It was noted in a press release promoting survey participation that “supporting training and educational opportunities for home and personal support workers will contribute to improved recruitment and retention of the workforce and lead to improved delivery of services.”
“Home care and personal support workers play an important role in providing care to individuals to remain in their own homes and communities,” said Health and Community Services Minister John Haggie. “We look forward to hearing their views about what is needed from a training and educational perspective.”
People are encouraged to participate in the survey by visiting www.research.net/r/ Home_PersonalSupport. People who want to complete the survey by telephone or who have questions may contact Melody Sorenson, program evaluation consultant with NLCHI, at 1-833-752-6182 ormelody.soren[email protected]
The deadline to complete the survey is Dec. 7.