Care England has welcomed the launch of a “ground-breaking” nurse-led pilot to improve the learning environment for staff working in homes, undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and all learning placements in care homes.
The largest representative body for independent care providers the ‘Teaching Care Home’ project would play a major part in developing services that span health and social care.
Care England has obtained funding from the Department of Health which will be used to assist five Care England members from across the country to be able to take part in the scheme. These members are Millbrook Lodge in Gloucestershire, Rose Court in Bury, Berwick Grange in Harrogate, Lady Sarah Cohen House in Barnet and Chester Court in Bedlington.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England said: “Care homes are an essential part of an integrated health and social care system and they have 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. We welcome this exciting partnership with ILC UK, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Foundation of Nursing Studies”.
The launch follows the advent of the Care England/Nursing Times Microsite, a new resource for nurses working in the care sector.
The website provides a community hub for nurses working in the sector and provides an opportunity for care homes and care providers to share best practice.
Deborah Sturdy, visiting professor at Bucks New University and honorary nursing advisor to Care England, said that the development of Teaching Care Home is one way in which the industry can change the narrative of nursing and how it is perceived.
“At a time when it is hard to recruit and retain nurses the Teaching Care Home is a way in which 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,” she said.
Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister for Community and Social Care, added: “I am delighted to support these pilots, which will play an integral role in meeting the growing workforce demands in social care. By providing a vehicle for nurses and care workers to learn together, this initiative will foster strong partnerships and develop a sustainable workforce who take pride in providing high quality, joined up care.”