Thursday 30th June 2022 - Module One: Technical Aspects of Lameness Disorders (ONLINE)
Thursday 7th July 2022 - Module Two: Delivering the Healthy Feet Programme (ONLINE)
Wednesday 13th July 2022 - Module Three: RoMS Accredited Mobility Scoring (FACE TO FACE, Whitchurch, Shropshire (SY13 4AL)) FULL Wednesday 27th July 2022- Module Four: Facilitation Skills (FACE TO FACE, Whitchurch, Shropshire (SY13 4AL)) FULL
About the Healthy Feet Programme
The AHDB Healthy Feet Programme was first launched in 2011. It followed extensive research at Bristol University (The Healthy Feet Project) in how to successfully help farmers reduce their lameness. The HFP is delivered by Mobility Mentors who are specially trained in herd lameness control and advisory skills. Since then, AHDB-funded research has further enhanced our understanding of lameness reduction. The HFP has also been extensively “road tested”, demonstrating that it works. Now entering its second phase, a refreshed HFP offers better tools, clearer materials and new Mobility Mentor training.
New Mobility Mentor Training Programme
Mobility Mentor training consists of four separate modules which must all be undertaken in order to become a fully trained Mobility Mentor and be able to deliver the AHDB Healthy Feet Programme.
The four modules that must be completed are:
- MODULE ONE: Technical Aspects of Lameness Disorders. This one-day workshop will be delivered online and cover the common lameness disorders, their aetiology and management. Delegates will learn the most up to date evidence-based approach to the treatment and prevention of lameness to lay the foundation for delivery of the Healthy Feet Programme.
- MODULE TWO: Delivering the Healthy Feet Programme. This one-day workshop will also be delivered as an online workshop and cover all aspects of the AHDB Healthy Feet Programme (HFP) and the recently launched HFLite. Delegates will learn how to deliver the programme, familiarise themselves with the available HFP resources and learn about the provenance of the programme and the importance of facilitation and mobility scoring.
- MODULE THREE: RoMS Accredited Mobility Score Training. In order to become an approved Mobility Mentor, RoMS accreditation is now required. This involves attending an accredited mobility scoring course (see www.roms.co.uk for list of approved trainers) and passing the RoMS exam.
- MODULE FOUR: Facilitation Skills. This will be a one-day, face to face, practical workshop to develop delegates’ facilitation skills and enable them to facilitate farm team meetings and the development of their Mobility Contract, and then how to follow this up with the farm team to ensure its successful implementation.
Key Learning Outcomes
On completion of all four modules, delegates will:
- Understand the importance of lameness in the dairy industry and the role of the vet in planned healthy feet management
- Have an in-depth knowledge of the most up to date research on lameness aetiology, risk factors and control points
- Understand the principles of the AHDB Healthy Feet Programme
- Develop enthusiasm and confidence to deliver the Healthy Feet Programme and HFLite to farmers
- Learn an effective approach to herd lameness investigation and control, including assessment of four key areas: infection pressure; hoof and horn quality; forces on feet and early detection, prompt effective treatment (EDPET)
- Learn new advisory and coaching skills to help farmers to develop and implement their plan.