We have had lots of training going on in Blackpool this week with Helen from Abbott coming to spend a full day with us delivering training to the home care team on the new PEG feed machines that are coming into use in the community. Helen commented on how many interesting questions the different groups asked and how it kept her on her toes! She’s back with us next week to do some more!
We have also had Abby our in-house trainer here to deliver the offqual registered first aid training, there were half bandaged bodies everywhere!
I am very honoured to say that I am meeting next week with NAS, who have invited me to become an apprenticeship ambassador - I have of course accepted and can’t wait to get out there telling even more people about the great benefits to both employees and employers of apprenticeships!
Watch out for next week’s blog as we talk about the exciting changes to the Routes Blackpool Team and the new opportunities this will bring!
Based in Blackpool we supply Health and Social Care Professionals throughout Lancashire, there are currently several members of the field team who are studying for their NVQ/QCF Level 2 or Level 3 apprenticeship in health and social care; additionally we also have 3 of the office based team completing a NVQ/QCF Level 3’s in business administration.
Offering jobs and employment to Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers within the homecare, domiciliary care, residential and nursing care sector it is imperative that high quality training underpins the delivery of an excellent service.
As a registered nurse and registered CQC manager I think that good quality appropriate training is therefore invaluable; and working as an apprentice on a work-based training programme designed around the needs of the employer which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.
Here at Routes we are very proud of the career pathway that we can offer to those with a genuine desire to work in healthcare.
With little or no experience in the Health or Social Care sector you can start with our “Route into Care Course”. The course provides individuals with the opportunity to study the theoretical side of Health and social care whilst gaining some practical supervised placements and working within a team of like minded individuals.
Upon completion of this you will have attained the following:
- 9 core units of the level 2 diploma in Health and Social care
- Employability and personal development certificate level 2
- Functional math’s and English at level 1 and you will also complete
- Technical certificates in Health and social care.
WOW and that’s all in 8 weeks!
For further information, advice and guidance please contact Simon Hamer at GP Skills Training Academy, our training partners, who provide the intro to care course and NVQ/QCF diplomas on (07891)886 529.
On completion of the course you will then be invited to complete our in house ‘OfQual’ registered training in manual handling First Aid, medication, health and safety, food hygiene, fire safety and safeguarding training courses to mention just a few; you will also be formally signed up to complete the rest of the level 2 diploma.
One of our field based carers Emma is a great example of how successful you can be. Emma began her career with Routes in August 2011 and signed up for her diploma level 2; she recently applied to uni to study social work and we are delighted to say she has been unconditionally offered a place to start in September.
We also are able to offer many courses that are one day and or distance learning that provide you the carer or support worker with an NCFE qualification including subjects such as: safe handling of medicines, team leadership, end of life care and dementia care.
So if you are passionate about gaining employment in healthcare and want to make it a career choice please give me and my team a call, just click here to access our details.
Routes Healthcare are looking for qualified Healthcare Assistants to work in the Blackpool area supporting a male and female with spinal injuries. If you feel you fit the role and are looking for an exciting new challenge, then please see our Healthcare Assistant Jobs in Blackpool. Alternatively, view all of our Healthcare Assistant Jobs.
We have a number of new job vacancies this week for Nurses throughout the north of England, including Nurse Jobs in Preston, Garstang and Chorley areas and Healthcare Assistant Jobs in Blackpool, Poulton, Fleetwood, Cleveleys and Lytham areas.
For more details about these jobs and information on how to apply, please go to our Vacancies page.
The Great British Care Awards
'Celebrating Excellence Across The Social Care Sector'
The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout England and are a celebration of excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards is to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. This year there are 9 regional awards leading to 2 national finals for both the home care and care home sectors to be held at a prestigious central London venue in 2013.
There are nineteen awards categories available for nomination, which represent all areas of the social care sector, whether it be older people or specialist services, residential or home care, from frontline staff such as care workers and care managers to people who have made an impact in other ways such as training and innovation.
Here at Blackpool, having perused the nomination forms and criteria, we found it very difficult to nominate just one individual home carer as the whole team had demonstrated ongoing excellence in their service delivery to clients, so we sent the nomination forms out to our clients and the field team asking them to nominate any colleagues they felt deserved the award. We were exceptionally pleased when a nomination for Richard Egnor resulted in him being shortlisted for the North West final for Carer of the Year!
We will be attending a Gala event at Blackpool Tower on 12 October to support Rick. The team at Blackpool have received several awards and nominations this year, both in the office and the field and it is wonderful to be recognised for “excellence in all we do” primarily because we don’t do the things we do for accolade but because we want to do the best we can everyday, in every way.
Routes Director, Andrew Healing, perhaps puts it best with his team directive “never compromise on quality and always act in the best interests of our clients”.
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