The Healthcare Homes Group has introduced a new role to support nursing care across the group.
The new health care practitioner role offers staff an accredited apprenticeship programme that results in them transitioning to a skilled post alongside the experienced nursing team.
The initiative creates a development opportunity for staff who wish to expand their knowledge as well as helping to address the nursing shortfall in the industry.
The accredited apprenticeship programme has been developed by the Group’s head of learning and development, Fran Brett, in partnership with training provider, ‘Steadfast’. The training programme will be led by Steadfast for those enrolling on the 12-month course.
After six months of classroom training and individual mentoring by the group’s team of nurses, apprentices will begin operating under supervision, and by the time they are fully trained, they will be able to undertake a number of tasks to support nursing teams, such as taking observations and providing medication. All will be managed by trained nurses, therefore also opening up new mentoring opportunities for the group’s nursing team.
Director of HR, Sam Dixon said, “We’re really excited to launch this new role and programme of learning, which will bring so many benefits to the organisation, our staff and to our clients.
“The health care practitioners will support the clinical delivery of care across our nursing homes while offering a fantastic learning and development opportunity for carers who wish to extend their knowledge, enhance their skills and progress into a new role. We were also keen to address the skills gap we have been seeing within the industry, and to find a way of supporting our existing team of nurses.”