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Using RESTORE2 to spot deterioration

Recognising when a person’s health is deteriorating is important, particularly at this critical time. We are working, as part of the NHS response, to enhance the confidence of staff working in the community in detecting and responding to deterioration.

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) released a paper, COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes, offering 13 key recommendations to help all care home staff, and the NHS staff who work with you, to support residents through the pandemic.

This guidance recommends care home staff should be trained to spot the early warning signs of residents becoming unwell, where possible using the RESTORE2 tool or soft signs using RESTORE2 mini.  These tools may be useful for those supporting people in their own homes as well.

“Soft signs” are particularly valuable where individuals have difficulties in communicating when they are feeling unwell or in pain. RESTORE2 includes the National Early Warning Score tool (NEWS2) and this is suitable for all adults over the age of 16 (except pregnant women).

Staff who care for people with learning disabilities could also benefit from this training, either to refresh existing skills or learn for the first time. Read more about our support and resources for people caring for those with learning disabilities during COVID.

You can access a wealth of resources and free training through the West of England Academic Health Science Network: