A conference for care workers is not usually an event for horse play…
However that was exactly what delegates got at an event at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium provided by Middlesbrough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Council and South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group.
Therapy horses were just one of a number of innovative ideas presented to hundreds of Teesside care workers at the two-day conference.
The event, sponsored by Community Education Provider Network via South Tees CCG and Bluestream Academy, saw training and advice given to enhance skills and presented an opportunity for staff from all South Tees care homes to share experiences.
Other novel training aids included the "Melissa Bus" - a simulation training bus - "Eric the Brain", a "smoothie bike" and tai chi and chair exercises.
Attendees also looked at infection prevention and control, dementia care, medicines management, palliative care and undernutrition and dietetics and many other topics.
Occupational therapists gave training in posture care and stalls were put on by CHS health care, public health, community nursing, Cleveland Police, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough Council, Teesside Hospice and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust.
Louise Grabham, Middlesbrough Council's Head of Strategic Commissioning and Procurement, said: "We have had excellent feedback from everyone who attended.
"It was a superb event and fantastic that so many of our frontline care workers were able to attend."
Andrew Hames, Lead Commissioner at Redcar & Cleveland Council, said:
"This was a fantastic example of everyone working together to deliver learning and training opportunities for Care Home staff and Managers to help improve the outcomes for all residents in their care."