NHS Warrington has become the first Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to develop an accredited educational programme for health care assistants working in nursing and residential homes.
The programme, which was developed in partnership with Edge Hill University, aims to equip health care assistants with the theoretical and practical skills needed to support residents’ changing needs.
Pam Williams, Quality Improvement Manager for Care Homes at NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are the first Clinical Commissioning Group in the country to work collaboratively in this way and we proud to be working with Edge Hill University and Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on this pioneering project.
“It is testament to our commitment as an organisation to provide our care home staff with opportunities for continuous professional development, recognising that a confident and competent workforce ensures that the needs of patients and those closest to them are met well.
“Taking part in the course increases productivity and job satisfaction as it gives staff the opportunity to develop their skills, expertise and grow within their role.”
Care home staff who have taken part in the programme have been awarded a certificate in Healthcare Assistance, and on completion, they have been accredited with 60 academic credits at Foundation Degree level from Edge Hill University.