An apprenticeship scheme run by care home and retirement housing charity Anchor has been rated the best in the country.
Anchor, which is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, has come tops in the Rate My Apprenticeship Award, coming-in ahead of Virgin Media, Deloitte, Land Rover and BAE Systems.
The award saw apprentices from across the UK rate their apprenticeship, basing their views on how valued they feel, the support they get on programme, development opportunities and how much they earn.
“We’re incredibly honoured to be voted the number one employer of apprentices, especially as it is our apprentices’ feedback which has got us there,” said Katie Rankin, Anchor’s qualifications & apprenticeships manager.
“We’re passionate about developing future talent, giving young people the opportunity to gain new skills and make a real difference to older people’s lives. We’re extremely … Read More »
Caring Times, October 2017
Staff from Buckinghamshire New University visited Sunrise of Purley recently to learn aboutaspects of dementia care.
The Skills and Simulation Team at the university is seeking to enhance its nursing teaching programme and has drawn inspiration from the dementia-friendly environment at Sunrise of Purley, to continue its practice-based learning opportunities for its students.
The university’s staff observed the way in which Sunrise team members interact with residents who live with dementia, the way the care community is decorated, and also learnt about the memory boxes that are created and displayed outside residents’ rooms.
The visit, which was carried out by the university’s skills & simulation facilities team leader, Samantha McCormack, and area technician, Kelly Milligan. Samantha and Kelly will incorporate what they learnt into the five-minute dementia and communication simulation that they have developed, which allows students to experience what … Read More »
‘Pioneers of social care’ was how Dr Claire Royston described the care professionals who attended the Best Practice conference in Birmingham on September 20.
Organised by Caring Times and sponsored by Four Seasons Health Care, the event brought together dozens of examples of forward-thinking and best practice from care homes across the country.
In her keynote address Dr Royston, who is group medical director for Four Seasons, said care homes needed to raise awareness of the many initiatives being taken to improve the lifes of elderly people and those with special needs.
“There are wonderful things happening in the sector but we don’t always shout about it,” said Dr Royston.
“It is a huge problem that many in the NHS feel that only they have the answers and that they need to tell the care sector what to do.
“We are all pioneers and it … Read More »
Fionnuala Edgar describes how using different methods of teaching and learning – experiential learning and simplifying key concepts – had the potential to bring about practice change in a way that had not been achieved previously
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A survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes has highlighted the good work they do and identified the key challenges they face.
Commissioned by Public Health England and undertaken by the Marie Curie Research Centre at Cardiff University, with input from the National Council for Palliative Care and Hospice UK, the survey examined the role of specialist palliative care in providing support to care homes in England.
One hundred and eight specialist palliative care services based in hospices, the community or hospitals were surveyed between November 2016 and January 2017. 90% of those surveyed had been providing services to care homes for 10 years or more. Just over half provided services within one Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area, while 5% covered 5 CCGs. 72% were specifically commissioned to provide palliative care support in care homes, while the other … Read More »
Louise Thomas and Kelly Kaye set out the principles of an “immersive learning” programme to raise standards of dementia care practice in hospitals
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Caring Times, December 2016
South coast care provider Agincare and Weymouth College have launched a new training initiative – The Agincare Health and Social Care Academy.
Both the college and Agincare believe that a strong partnership between business and education is a key way forward in developing the very best career opportunities and the two organisations will work in partnership to offer a wide range of clear pathways for a rewarding long-term career in care.
Agincare group chief executive Raina Summerson said she hoped the academy would raise the profile of the sector and attract more people into studying and working in social care.
“As examples from job roles across our services show, social care is an immensely rewarding sector in which numerous and diverse career pathways can be pursued,” said Ms Summerson.
“Weymouth College’s Health and Social Care course is outstanding and we are … Read More »
Caring Times, November 2016
VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) and NDTI (National Development Team for Inclusion) have published the second edition of a guide which explains how the health charter can be used by social care providers. This practical new resource supports the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and aims to reduce inequalities in healthcare which were highlighted in a recent report.
Whilst organisations sign up to the charter to outline what they will do to boost people’s health, this accompanying self-assessment tool helps organisations measure progress and develop action plans for improvements.
More than 100 adult social care employers are already signed up to the guidance, which covers issues such as how to ensure all staff understand and apply the principles of mental capacity laws and how to listen to, respect and involve family carers. The resource includes practical steps on providing staff training on … Read More »
Caring Times, November 2016
Care worker Elaine Philpott decided to try using the pedometer offered by her employers – and found herself walking nearly 90 miles in the first week.
Domestic assistant Elaine, who works for Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale – part of the Springhill Care Group – was surprised to find that she had covered more than 23,000 steps in one day. This was more than double the NHS 10,000 steps-a-day challenge or five miles which is also running nationally.
The group – with two homes in Lancashire and one in Bristol – handed out pedometers to all of its 400-plus staff to encourage them to take an interest in their fitness levels as part of its Caring Heroes initiative. In the first week alone, Elaine made 178,000 steps, equivalent to almost 90 miles and averaging more than 17,000 steps per day … Read More »
How can care staff be encouraged to take a broader view of behaviours that challenge? Ian James and colleagues explain how an exercise in empathy helped staff gain a better understanding of these behaviours
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