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Nurse-led scheme to boost staff training in care homes


Nurses will be leading a new project to improve learning opportunities and training for care home workers and nursing staff.

The ground-breaking scheme is a partnership between Care England, which represents independent care providers, the International Longevity Centre UK, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Foundation for Nursing Studies.

“This is a way we can help encourage nurses into the sector”

Deborah Sturdy

Funded by the Department for Health, the Teaching Care Home project will see five care homes test new ways to boost learning through training for care workers, nurse apprenticeship schemes and practice placements. Each setting will devise its own project, which will see nurses and care staff learning together.

Deborah Sturdy, visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University and nursing advisor to Care England, said one aim was to encourage more nurses into the care sector by boosting the profile of their role.

“Care home nursing teams deliver complex, skilled care in nurse-led units across the country,” she said. “The development of Teaching Care Home is one way in which we can change the narrative of nursing and how it is perceived.

“At a time when it is hard to recruit and retain nurses, this is a way we can help encourage nurses into the sector by creating confidence about their roles, prominence in the wider nursing community and influence the next generation of the profession.”

The five settings taking part in the pilot are:

  • Millbrook Lodge run by Orders of St John Care Trust in Gloucestershire
  • Rose Court run by HC-One in Bury
  • Berwick Lodge run by MHA in Harrogate
  • Lady Sarah Cohen House run by Jewish Care in Barnet
  • Chester Court run by Barchester in Bedlington, Northumberland

The launch of the scheme follows the creation of a new website for nurses working in the care sector run by Nursing Times in association with Care England and the DH. The site aims to showcase best practice and share case studies and useful resources.


Readers' comments (3)

  • The Chief Executive of Care England said recently, it is not about the training:

    It is about the impact of the training! The learning that happens as a result.

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  • Oh dear. Another NHS/independent provider project with what we call in the business 'funny money'. Really? How many more of these fruitless projects can the DH roll out. Sadly, like most projects of this kind, this one will deliver nothing with the exception of spending a few million quid we really cannot spare. Still, (like most projects) it comes across as something dynamic and tells the world that the Government are on top of things. History is littered with NHS/care home projects and I dread to think how much money has been squandered. Still it keeps the DH staff and academics in paid employment- so every little helps!!!

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  • the private sector is not so pro-active when serving training so this initiate is welcome. you take a bright graduate stick them in a home and bobs you uncle they are then de-skilled and bored...

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