A new programme designed to help address the shortage of nurses in Wales has been launched by HC-One.
The Care Assistant Development programme enables people to develop their clinical and leadership skills and work towards a Deputy and Home Manager role.
Alison Innes Farquhar, Director for People Development and Engagement for HC-One, said: “By creating the nursing assistant role we have provided a career pathway for care staff where other opportunities may not have been available. We have a number of nursing assistants who have grown in confidence to take on leadership roles such as Deputy and Home Manager roles.
“The purpose of the new role will be to ensure the provision of the kindest care and support offering continuity of care whilst releasing the nurses to spend more time with residents. The nursing assistants will assume responsibility for delegated nursing tasks under the supervision of the nurse in charge.
“The outcome for residents is very positive and they have been very supportive of the care assistants as they studied and learnt new skills.”
Four care assistants from Plas Cwm Carw Care Home – Telina Lewis, Nicola Jones, Rebecca Rees and Paige Mockler – have completed the programme with the support of nurse mentors and managers.
The 16-week programme enhances and develops new clinical skills, which will allow the nursing assistants to support the principal nurse in charge in their position.
The programme has been devised by HC-One with input from the Welsh Assembly and Care and Social Service Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW).
The programme was also evaluated by the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) over 10 months before its launch in England in 2016.