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Skills for Care programme graduate joins award winning retirement village

Emily Bowering

A Skills for Care management programme graduate has joined an award winning retirement village in Darlington, County Durham.

Emily Bowering (pictured) has joined Middleton Hall retirement village as part of the scheme designed to develop future leaders in the sector.

Emily, who was selected from the programme following a rigorous selection process, said: “I applied for Skills for Care because I knew I wanted to go into health and social care, but I didn’t know where to start and their programme had by far the most holistic approach to developing a graduate’s skills.”

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Throughout the year, in addition to her placement at Middleton Hall, Emily, who graduated in psychology at Newcastle University, will undertake a Quality Assurance Project Management Qualification, a six month NHS focused development programme called the Mary Seacole Leadership Qualification, a six week secondment at a local facility of her choice and receiving one-to-one coaching from a trained professional.

Emily added: “Bearing in mind my degree subject, I would love to look more at mental health within the health and social care sector, but at the moment I’m enjoying each day as it comes.

“In my role at Middleton Hall every day is so different, and I’m doing a wide variety of things, including writing newsletters, running social media, designing leaflets, editing website code, hosting events, organising surveys.  The change is what keeps me on my toes.”

Middleton Hall’s Managing Director, Jeremy Walford, said: “Middleton Hall was selected by Skills for Care as a host employer that could offer suitable support, training, learning and development for a graduate placement and we’re delighted to welcome Emily.

“In the short time she has been with us she has already made a valuable contribution to life at Middleton Hall and we are looking forward to supporting her to develop her skills and potential.”

Skills for Care Interim CEO Andy Tilden said: “ The Graduate Management programme was specifically set up to attract talented and highly motivated graduates like Emily to take on challenging placements with high quality providers like Middleton Hall.

“Like the rest of her cohort Emily will be learning every day from her placement at Middleton Hall and our partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy means she will also get invaluable experience in a health setting. But most of all it’s great to hear Emily is making such a difference in her placement, so I can’t wait to see what she does with the rest of her career in adult social care as the sky is the limit for all the graduates.”

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