Showcasing the brilliant work being carried out in all parts of the care sector.
Welcome to the brand new Care Sector microsite, run by Nursing Times in association with Care England and the Department of Health. The aim of this section of our Nursing Times offer is to showcase brilliant work being carried out in the care sector, whether that be in nursing homes, learning disability or mental health residential homes, rehabilitation facilities or in people’s own homes.
The care sector can be a forgotten backwater of nursing – commonly perceived as somewhere one goes to retire and not a career destination. Misconceptions are that you will not advance your nursing practice or clinical skills, and that your hard-trained-for nursing expertise will wither on the vine.
But that’s simply not true.
Often registered nurses working in care homes have autonomy and must maintain their skills because they will be the only clinician on site. Their clinical decision making must be top-notch because there is no consultant or multi-disciplinary team on the end of a buzzer.
”Care home nurses must have extraordinary supervision and mentorship talents”
Care home nurses must have extraordinary supervision and mentorship talents as they will often be in charge of shaping the care delivered to residents, and managing those who deliver it.
And as for not advancing nursing practice – well that’s not true either. The Teaching Care Home sites (the five organisations that are the care sector equivalent of the NHS vanguards) have shared some of their work with us and they have demonstrated how innovation is not the sole property of the acute or NHS sector. The organisations share how they are monitoring patients, engaging them in enrichment therapies, goal setting for the staff, reducing harm and raising the standard and quality of care home nursing. Please do read their stories.
If you have any stories about innovation in the care sector, please share it with us. We’d love to hear from you.
”Look out for their views and make sure you comment or share your own opinion”
This site will also feature opinions and views of leading lights working in the care sector or shaping the way care is delivered. Look out for their views and make sure you comment or share your own opinions.
We have also included all the care sector content from our Nursing Times Practice section so you can enjoy double-blind peer-reviewed evidence-based articles from your peers to enhance your practice in the care sector setting.
The care sector offers a world of nursing opportunities and autonomy, and a chance to have quality time with patients and work with them to improve their care and advocate for them long-term.
This area is intended to be the place for nurses and healthcare support workers/care assistants in the care sector to share best practice, showcase the amazing talents of the professionals working in this area and show the world that care home nursing is a destination that doesn’t always have to be final, or a last resort. Please enjoy it.