Caring Times, June 2018
The University of Wolverhampton is working with specialist mental health care services provider Cygnet Health Care to create a new generation of nurses.
Cygnet is one of the first providers to introduce Nursing Associate Foundation Apprenticeships into the independent sector as a way of addressing the national shortage of registered nurses.
Twenty one Cygnet employees (pictured below) who work for the organisation as support workers are studying to become nursing associates through the new Nursing Associate Foundation Degree Apprenticeship, which was launched by the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing at the University’s Walsall Campus in March.
The role of a nursing associate aims to bridge the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses, enabling nurses to spend more time on clinical duties and take more of a lead in decisions about patient care.
Nursing associates are an important part … Read More »
Caring Times, June 2018
As part of their ‘Building a Caring World’ philosophy, Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) has launched a free ‘Care Practice Essentials’ toolkit, specifically tailored for developing nations in the Commonwealth.
The complimentary toolkit is available on both desktop and mobile app and contains the most essential policies, procedures, guidance and a care plan. The toolkit was launched at the Ageing In Common Conference at Wokefield Park, Reading, in April.
QCS has also committed to making the toolkit available to anyone involved in care provision in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. The launch supports the QCS bursary which involved funding 20 delegates from developing nations within the Commonwealth to attend the Ageing in Common Conference.
QCS chief executive Mat Whittingham said it had long been an objective of QCS to offer practical support … Read More »
Caring Times, June 2018
Care and Support West, a body representing social care and health providers in the South West has joined up with Skills for Health to create an integrated online training hub for local providers.
The organisation says the partnership with Skills for Health’s ‘skills platform’ was made in response to member feedback, to tackle urgent issues surrounding the provision of quality, evidence-based training in the adult care sector.
“For many care home providers, training is a large portion of an ever-shrinking budget,” said Barbara Harris of Care and Support West.
“Smaller organisations don’t have the administrative resources to plan, assess and analyse the market to get best value and quality. Our partnership with the skills platform really helps providers in the local area to access the best quality training.
“The Skills Platform’s broadcast function is a great way to make the budgets … Read More »
The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. This is the major finding of a National Audit Office (NAO) report released in early February.
The report said the number of people working in care was not meeting the country’s growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing.
“While many people working in care find it rewarding, there is widespread agreement that workers feel undervalued and there are limited opportunities for career progression, particularly compared with similar roles in health,” said the NAO report.
“In 2016-17, around half of care workers were paid £7.50 per hour or below (the National Living Wage was £7.20 in 2016-17), equivalent to £14,625 annually. This, along with tough working conditions and a poor image, prevents workers from joining and remaining in the sector.”
There are around 1.34 million … Read More »
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 … Read More »
Three young people started integrated health and social care apprenticeships in October – the first in Devon.
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Devon County Council have teamed up to provide apprenticeship opportunities across both health and social care for the first time. The Trust and the Council have both offered lots of apprenticeship programmes as separate organisations but this is the first time they’ve joined up to provide apprenticeship opportunities that cover both types of care.
Gail Richards, training manager and apprentice lead at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said the move reflected the closer working and integration between health and social care in Devon, with teams of nurses, occupational therapists and social care workers working together to deliver care that is centred around the individual, whether they need support at home, or in a care home, or have been admitted … Read More »
Caring Times, November 2017
A Shrewsbury-based care provider has run training for staff by restricting their senses with goggles, mittens and ear plugs to help them gain a greater understanding of dementia.
The initiative was part of Morris Care’s ‘In Their Shoes’ campaign at its homes in Shropshire and Cheshire which aimed to give a different perspective on dementia for World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in September.
The voluntary sessions involved staff losing part of their normal senses of touch, sight and hearing – by wearing goggles, gloves and ear plugs at intervals– to simulate what it can feel like to live with dementia when trying to perform daily tasks.
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 »
‘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 »
Staff from Buckinghamshire New University visited Sunrise of Purley recently to learn about aspects 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 collaboration is set to continue, with team members from Sunrise of Purley having been invited to visit Buckinghamshire New University in the near future. It is hoped the continued dialogue and sharing of ideas between the two organisations will ensure the highest standards of dementia care, both in … Read More »