Avery Healthcare has notched up a first for the adult social sector with the City & Guilds official accreditation of its Advanced Senior Carer (ASC) training programme.
The course enables senior carers to extend their skills and to further support and assist nurses to ensure that high quality care is provided for residents.
Shelley Parker-Wain, Head of Training and Development at Avery Healthcare, said: “I am delighted that City & Guilds recognise the value of our ASC programme. It is very rewarding to see learners flourish, improving their skills and knowledge, which will further enhance the high standard of care delivery to our residents.
“Our senior carers can draw confidence from this accreditation, that the programme is of a high standard, and that it will develop them further on a solid career pathway within Avery. This valuable partnership working with the awarding body will continue for many years, enabling many more learners to achieve their career goals and for the standards of our care to improve.”
Avery’s ASC five-month programme provides a clear career pathway for senior carers, including a route towards the new nursing associate role.
Trainers are sector experienced and hold a formal Adult Teacher Training qualification. They create an effective learning environment, ensuring a wide range of support for learners including teaching, mentoring, marking, feedback and quality assurance processes.
The External Quality Assessor from C&G noted the positive impact that the programme had on the business on both care standards and the recruitment and retention of staff. The assessor also noted that excellent resources were made available to trainers and learners.