As a valued member of the care home team, Jaydee takes every opportunity to develop her skills as a HCA and improve the care she is able to offer
Since joining the team at MHA’s care home, Berwick Grange in Harrogate, as a healthcare assistant I have been given lots of fantastic opportunities to develop my skills and knowledge.
I moved to the United Kingdom from the Philippines with a nursing degree, but had not yet been given the chance to work as a nurse in my own country. With differences in practical application, MHA helped me further develop fundamental skills needed to care for people.
”I realised I had gaps in my knowledge and became inspired to learn and adapt”
Here I have been allowed to put the practical application of what I have learned into practice, especially the culture and context of care work here in the UK.
I realised I had gaps in my knowledge and became inspired to learn and adapt. I now feel more grounded and confident in practical work with the thought I could now possibly work towards my UK registration in the future.
Having multiple learning and training days has helped us all to be better in what we do, and is important in making sure our residents have the best care. It ensures their safety and security and most importantly their happiness in their daily lives. It means residents get the right care at the right time and have better quality outcomes.
”Having an awareness of what we do and why we do it is important”
Regular training not only gives myself, but others a chance to really think about our line of work. Caring is in our hearts, and having an awareness of what we do and why we do it is important, along with using every chance we get to be better at it.
It has been a special year for me. With the Foundation of Nursing Studies I was chosen to be part of the Teaching Care Home pilot scheme and selected to join my manager and senior clinical nurse in its development programme.
The programme brings us together with four other homes in supporting and creating a caring culture. It helps us all look at what we do to improve our working environment, establishing an good environment for apprentices, students and any others so that we can all experience the great things that come with working in a care home.
”I feel proud and lucky to work here as a member of our friendly team”
Most importantly it has been a great opportunity for our home, our staff, our residents and their families.
I feel proud and lucky to work here as a member of our friendly team, in a home that is a part of something new, exciting and different. I get a lot of satisfaction from my role and will continue to learn more, understand more and, as a result, give more.
It’s most fun when we all learn together, from each other and support each other. That’s the essence of good teamwork and what makes a great team.
Jaydee Blackett is a healthcare assistant at Berwick Grange care home in Harrogate