Care home nurses acclaimed as an ‘untapped resource’
Provider representative body Care England has welcomed the launch of Teaching Care Home Impact Report. This suite of reports sums up the Teaching Care Home Programme; nurse-led pilots to improve the learning environment for staff working in care homes, undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and all learning placements in care homes.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the pilots demonstrated that the care sector was a crucial part of the health and social care landscape.
“Both nurses and carers have a vital part to play in the professional nursing agenda,” said Prof. Green. “This initiative has fostered strong partnerships and goes some way to developing a sustainable workforce that takes pride in providing high quality, joined up care.”
The pilot projects have explored a range of areas including the untapped resources and expertise of the registered nursing workforce, the residents’ experience of mealtimes and developing practice within care homes. The pilots are said to have brought home how care homes are an interesting place to work as well as the need to retain the rich and diverse workforce in order to rise to the challenges of delivering social care fit for the 21st Century.
Professor Deborah Sturdy, director of health and well-being, Royal Hospital Chelsea, said care home nursing was a much misunderstood part of the nursing family that required a plethora of skills often not recognised by NHS colleagues.
“Without expert nurses in care homes many older people, or those with learning disabilities, do not receive the care that they need and deserve,” she said.