Southern Cross forges training partnership
A training partnership has been agreed between the GMB Union and Southern Cross Healthcare, one of the UKÂ¹s biggest nursing home providers. The new “Caretrain” programme is said to be the first of its kind to be run between the GMB and a major care provider and could become a blueprint for the way care home staff are trained in the future. Southern Cross Healthcare has 7,600 residents in 140 care homes across the UK. The Care Standards Act states that a minimum of 50 per cent of care workers in each care home across the country have to have an NVQ Level 2 in Care by 2005. The training initiative is designed to ensure that Southern Cross not only meets but exceeds this criteria.