Nurse academics from Manchester Metropolitan University are supporting a ground-breaking programme to improve staff training in care homes.
The university is the academic partner for Teaching Care Home, a project being run by national organisation Care England.
“This project will help to raise the profile of nursing in the care sector”
It is intended to bring together experts from practice and academia to develop the concept of the “teaching care home”.
The nurse-led initiative is intended to improve the learning environment for staff working in homes, undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and all learning placements in care homes.
It is hoped the project will help to retain and recruit nurses, publicise their prominence in the wider nursing community and provide a positive motivation for the next generation of carers.
Care England, which represents independent care providers, has obtained funding from the Department of Health to assist five of its members from across the country to be pilot sites.
Professor Alison Chambers, pro-vice-chancellor and dean of the university’s faculty of health, said: “The social care workface is vital to the wellbeing of thousands of people in long-term care, many with complex needs.
“Care home nurses are highly skilled and dedicated,” she said. “This project will help to raise the profile of nursing in the care sector, identify best practice and establish a framework for best practice adoption across the sector.”
Professor Martin Green
Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said care homes had an “important role to play in training and developing an integrated workforce”.
“We are confident that Teaching Care Home will be an important part of developing 21st Century services that cross the continuum between health and social care,” he said.
The launch follows the advent of the Care England/Nursing Times microsite, a new resource for nurses working in the care sector.
It provides a community hub for nurses working in the sector and provides an opportunity for care homes and care providers to share best practice.