Exemplar Health Care home Havenmere has introduced a bespoke care practitioner role. This is targeted at care staff who want extra clinical responsibilities without being registered with the nurse regulator.
The role involves a 12-week induction and nurse shadowing in clinical skills such as administrating medication, PEG feeding and ventilation, recording vital observations and training junior colleagues.
Currently, less than two per cent of the local population in Immingham, Lincolnshire, are qualified nurses. Havenmere has introduced the new care practitioner role to bridge the gap between health care assistants and registered nurses to provide an additional layer of clinical expertise in the home.
The role is paid at £11 per hour.