This program was launched in the Grant Medical College and JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai on Tuesday, July 9, in presence of Dr Sanjay Mukherjee Hon’ble Secretary, Department of Medical Education and Drugs, Government of Maharashtra and Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean, Grant Medical College Mumbai.
The Master Trainers, Training of Trainers has been planned for four days in two batches with one and half day each batch starting from July 9 to July 12.
The Care Companion Program (CCP) attempts to meet the need of better family caregiver engagement and training by turning hallways/wards into classrooms and taps into the most compassionate and willing resource available for care i.e. the patient’s own family.
Research conducted on the program has shown impressive results, including an increase in the number of families practicing correct health behaviours at home and a decrease in severe complications after medical treatment.
By teaching the family high-impact yet basic medical skills to take care of their loved ones in the hospital and at home, the program aims to empower families to help their patients with a better recovery in the hospital and a healthier life at home.
CCP also has YouTube and WhatsApp platform to engage the mothers and family member, post discharge by addressing their queries and concerns related to newborns and mother care.
The Department of Medical Education and Drugs, Government of Maharashtra, has decided to expand the program across all medical colleges and hospitals in Maharashtra. The current program implemented in Maharashtra has a special focus on maternal and newborn health, covering aspects of hygiene, skin-to-skin care, breastfeeding and maternal nutrition. CCP aims to ensure adoption of healthy promotive behaviours, reduce the number of maternal and newborn complications due to infection or other behaviours in the first 30 day’s post-discharge.
The phase-I of CCP implementation includes the Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai, BJ Government College, Pune, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur and Shri Vasantrao Naik Govt. Medical College, Yavatmal.
The program will be delivered by a cohort of master trainers and Family Health Educators (FHE) created by a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop in the facilities of Maharashtra. Mainly nurses and nursing students will be trained during ToT so that they can conduct CCP sessions in their respective wards as per length of stay of patients. Monitoring of CCP sessions will be done through every day updates in WhatsApp group and frequent visits to the faculty.