The Healthcare Homes Group, a leading provider of residential and domiciliary care services, is announcing the introduction of a brand new role to support nursing care across the group. The new Health Care Practitioner role has launched, which 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, plus it helps to address the nursing shortfall currently being seen in the industry, therefore helping to address the nursing skills gap.
The accredited apprenticeship programme has been developed by the Group’s Head of Learning & 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 6-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 Health Care Practitioners will be managed by trained nurses, therefore also opening up new mentoring opportunities for the group’s nursing team.
The opportunity was offered to staff across the organisation and received a significant level of interest. After shortlisting and assessment days held in Thetford and Eastbourne, 22 candidates have been initially selected to begin the course.
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.
“This initiative reflects a significant investment on behalf of the group. We are heavily committed to our residents and to our staff and we’re confident that the introduction of this role will further improve on our fantastic track record of delivering quality care.”