Supporting carers

Care workers and carers are in the ideal position to identify changes or deterioration in the condition of someone they look after.

The Stop Look Care booklet has been designed to support care workers and carers who are working across health and social care to feel confident that they have reached the right level to provide the care they are giving.

Alternatively it can be used as a reference guide for families and personal assistants to promote awareness of certain needs and encourage a referral if concerns are identified.

The booklet highlights:

  • Why different aspects of observation and care are important
  • What to look for
  • What action to take

The actions are colour coded like traffic light system, providing a Stop Look Care approach.

Sussex Health and Care Partnership launched an 18 month project to roll out the Stop Look Care booklet across a small number of targeted care homes, NHS and social care providers and voluntary sector organisations within our local area.

The Stop Look Care booklet gained national recognition after winning a Nursing Times Award in 2018 in the category ‘Care of Older People’ and has been well received by home care providers, staff, service users and carers where it is in use.  We now want to take build on this success and introduce the booklet across a number of homes and other organisations to further support the delivery of high standards of care, support our caring workforce with the skills they need and above all support local residents who receive services to maintain their health and wellbeing.

The project has strong links to and is supported by Health Education England and social care workforce development teams across the Sussex Health and Care Partnership with a view to embedding training in the Stop Look Care model and its use across our local workforce.