Two members of staff at Ridley Park care home in Blyth, which is part of Hadrian Healthcare Group, have gained Level 5 Diplomas in Leadership & Management for Health & Social Care.
Marina Wilson is the principal carer for the home’s residential section and Jane Tworkowski is a qualified nurse and deputy home manager leading the nursing team.
Marina began her career in care as a domestic assistant and worked her way up to senior carer before joining Hadrian Healthcare Group.
Jane has worked in the private care home sector for most of her career and is an experienced deputy manager.
Both have been part of the Ridley Park team since the home opened three years ago.
Tamzin McFarlane, associate assessor at training provider Learning Curve Group said: “Jane and Marina both worked exceptionally hard to achieve the qualification.
“Jane used the course to refresh her knowledge and skills and to implement various new procedures. Marina has taken on new roles including being involved in recruitment and selection as a result of the course.”
The course ran over 18 months. Two full days each month were spent with an assessor from Learning Curve Group and in between they kept in regular contact online. Jane and Marina also committed to around 10 hours per week study outside work for research and essays.
Morag Horn, manager at Ridley Park said: “I’d like to congratulate Jane and Marina on their qualifications. They worked so hard they were actually able to complete the course six weeks ahead of schedule.
“Training is ongoing for all Hadrian Healthcare staff because we know it’s the best way to provide high quality person-centred care for our residents. It’s vital that we keep our skills and knowledge up to date and for staff with management responsibility to have formal guidance on how to lead their team effectively.
“We’re keen to raise the profile of careers in care. The opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications is really important for career development.”
Ridley Park provides residential, nursing and dementia care.