Nursing expertise supports care home training

Manchester Met backs Care England scheme

NURSE education expertise at Manchester Metropolitan University is supporting the ground-breaking Care England Teaching Care Home project.

The University is the academic partner for Teaching Care Home, a nurse-led pilot project to improve the learning environment for staff working in homes, undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and all learning placements in care homes.

Led at the University by Professor Alison Chambers, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, and Dr Kirsten Jack from the Department of Nursing, this innovative project brings together experts from practice and academia to develop the concept of the Teaching Care Home.

It is hoped the pilot will further promote the industry and help to retain and recruit nurses, publicise their prominence in the wider nursing community and provide a positive motivation for the next generation of carers.

Home care

Prof Alison Chambers said: “We’re extremely pleased to be part of the team for this project; working with Care England is a privilege and allows us to build on our existing work within the care home sector. The social care workface is vital to the wellbeing of thousands of people in long-term care, many with complex needs.

"Care home nurses are highly skilled and dedicated. This project will help to raise the profile of nursing in the care sector, identify best practice and establish a framework for best practice adoption across the sector.”

Care England, the largest representative body for independent care providers, has obtained funding from the Department of Health to assist five of its members from across the country to be pilot sites.

The launch follows the advent of the Care England/Nursing Times microsite, a new resource for nurses working in the care sector. The website provides a community hub for nurses working in the sector and provides an opportunity for care homes and care providers to share best practice.

Training

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, added: “Care homes are an essential part of an integrated health and social care system and they have an important role to play in training and developing an integrated workforce.

"We are confident that Teaching Care Home will be an important part of developing 21st Century services that cross the continuum between health and social care. We welcome this exciting partnership with ILC UK, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Foundation of Nursing Studies.”