Provider launches health care practitioner apprenticeship
Care home and domiciliary care provider, the Healthcare Homes Group, has launched a health care practitioner role which offers staff an accredited apprenticeship programme that results in them transitioning to a skilled post alongside the nursing team.
The initiative creates a development opportunity for staff who wish to expand their knowledge, plus it helps to address the nursing shortfall currently being seen in the industry.
The programme has been developed by the group’s head of learning and development, Fran Brett, in partnership with training provider, ‘Steadfast’. The training programme will be led by Steadfast for those enrolling on the 12-month course.
After six months of classroom training and individual mentoring by the group’s team of nurses, apprentices will begin operating under supervision, and by the time they are fully trained, they will be able to undertake a number of tasks to support nursing teams, such as taking observations and providing medication.
All health care practitioners will be managed by trained nurses, opening up new mentoring opportunities for the group’s nursing team. Director of human resources Sam Dixon said the opportunity was offered to staff across the organisation and received a significant level of interest – after shortlisting and assessment days held in Thetford and Eastbourne, 22 candidates had been initially selected to begin the course.
“We’re really excited to launch this new role and programme of learning, which will bring so many benefits to the organisation, our staff and to our clients,” said Ms Dixon.
“The health care practitioners will support the clinical delivery of care across our nursing homes while offering a fantastic learning and development opportunity for carers who wish to extend their knowledge, enhance their skills and progress into a new role. We were also keen to address the skills gap we have been seeing within the industry, and to find a way of supporting our existing team of nurses.
“This initiative reflects a significant investment on behalf of the group. We are heavily committed to our residents and to our staff and we’re confident that the introduction of this role will further improve on our fantastic track record of delivering quality care.”