Caring Homes Group and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have signed an agreement to promote and support learning in the nursing workforce.
The national agreement will provide training and development for Caring Homes’ RCN members as well as other employed and agency staff.
RCN National Officer Irene Murray said: “Sometimes it has been hard for our members in the social care sector to take full advantage of the services the RCN offers because we didn’t have enough representatives in place – services such as career development or well-being support.
“This agreement gives us the chance to really support our members in the social care sector and make sure we have a base of representatives in place. This agreement means our learning reps know what to expect and formalises that relationship so they can work in partnership with their employer, sitting on relevant groups or committees.”
The national agreement, which is the second of its kind with the RCN, will support the creation of new learning representative (reps) roles in Caring Homes’ homes and services across the UK. So far, 14 RCN learning representatives have been recruited.
Training lead for Caring Homes Group and RCN Learning Representative Jagdeep Bahra said: “I work across five regions supporting colleagues from all levels of the business with training so becoming an RCN learning rep seemed like a natural progression. We have significant numbers of nursing staff joining us from overseas so this will help me to better support them with their nursing journey.”