One of the UK’s largest industry-leading care home providers, Caring Homes Group, have been announced as finalists in the Skills for Care Accolades awards, that rewards social care organisations who invest in their workforce so they can offer high-quality services.
This is the 16th year the Skills for Care Accolades have been staged celebrating the outstanding work done in our communities by around 1.49 million people who work in adult social care.
Caring Homes Group is made up of Caring Homes, one of the most highly respected residential and nursing care home providers in the UK, and Consensus, who provides support and accommodation for people with learning disabilities and additional complex needs. The group have more than 5,700 employees including 630 nurses and nursing support workers.
The organisation has been nominated in the category of ‘most effective approach to continuing professional development for the regulated workforce in social care settings’ which was open to over 18,500 adult social care employers in England.
Liz Willis, Director of Learning and Organisational Development at Caring Homes Group said, “We are incredibly proud to have been shortlisted for this prestigious national award in recognition for the commitment we have demonstrated to developing a competent workforce and to delivering the highest quality of nursing care.”
“Through the development of our bespoke Nurse Competency Framework and our Career ladder that sits alongside it, we have improved our nurses learning experience, supported nurse retention and demonstrated our continued investment and commitment to our people who are our greatest asset.”
“Building a strong, sustainable organisation upon a firm structure, values and culture is extremely important to us, and this nomination is confirmation that we are right on track.”
Tracey Humphrey, Clinical Training Manager at Caring Homes Group said, “Over the last 12 months, we have invested heavily in devising and implementing a number of innovative learning tools to help support and develop all our nurses, while also ensuring the individuals we support receive the best up to date, evidenced-based, quality, care.”
“Our nurse development has been further boosted by the creation of a Facilitating and Supporting Learning in Practice Program to enable our more established nurses to provide better support to colleagues new to the business or less experienced nurses and student nurses, and we have further enriched our learning culture by signing a learning agreement with the Royal College of Nursing which enables us to work in partnership with protect and promote learning in the workplace for both our nurses and the rest of our employees.”
“It is a wonderful achievement to be recognised for our ongoing commitment and efforts to the professional development of our nurses and we look forward to celebrating this success with the nurses who have taken part in our learning initiatives at the awards ceremony in January,” added Tracey.
Interim Skills for Care CEO Andy Tilden said, “My congratulations to the team at Caring Homes Group. Our Accolades awards are open to thousands of organisations who offer care and support across England so to even make the final is a huge achievement.”
“Competition in this category was fierce, but all the judges were impressed by the way Caring Homes Group offer their workers learning and development opportunities at every stage of their careers which means they can deliver high-quality care that meet the individual needs of the people they work with.”
The Learning and Organisational Development team and the nurses who took part in the initiative from Caring Homes Group will attend a glittering awards ceremony in London where the winners will be announced, on Wednesday 22nd January 2020, which will be hosted by TV dance legend Anton du Beke.