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Routes Healthcare - Winners at the STAR Awards!

Routes Healthcare (North) attended the STAR - Skills Training Academy Recognition Awards in June and we are very proud to announce that our team won ... twice!

Above - Routes Director, Andrew Healing, with somebody you may recognise from Emmerdale!

Bev Baxter and the Blackpool team were jubilant at their nominations and awards for ...

South Lancashire Employer of the Year 2012

and also,

North West Regional Employer of the Year 2012

Bev Baxter, Registered Nurse Manager of our Blackpool office, said "... We won! It really is fantastic as non of us do our job to get accolades so it means so much more when achievements are recognised in this way.  The partnership award is particularly special, to me, as the continuing relationship ... shows how effective working together can be in improving a sector ..."

For more information about the Skills Training Academy - click here.



Posted by: Andrew Healing on July 4th, 2012 @ 9:23 PM

Routes Healthcare supports local apprenticeship scheme

Routes Healthcare recently appeared in the Blackpool Gazette in support of the National Apprenticeship Scheme.  We have a proven track record in training, developing and recruiting employees subsidised by the apprenticeship grant. 

Sam  Banfield, 21, started as an apprentice last year working for Routes Healthcare on Preston New Road, Marton.

She said: “I had always said I would never work in an office, but it is the best thing I have ever done.

“I originally came here on work experience but I started the apprenticeship and it is really great.

“The beauty is you learn as you work unlike going to college, and of course you get paid.

“One of my colleagues, Chris Thornley, started here as an apprentice and he won apprentice of the year.

“I would like to follow along that path.”

Posted by: on February 20th, 2013 @ 10:52 AM

Routes Healthcare Blackpool is committed to the modern apprenticeship scheme

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.

Posted In : Training
Posted by: on February 21st, 2013 @ 11:44 AM

Fantastic feedback from CQC's unannounced visit to Blackpool!

Routes Healthcare has received superb feedback following another successful unannounced visit from CQC - this time to our Blackpool Branch.  CQC left with no recommendations at all for the improvement in our provision of Health and Social Care.  

Bev Baxter - Blackpool Branch Manager said "I am very pleased with the recent report from CQC following our unannounced inspection on Monday 18/2/2013.

The team work very hard both in the field and in the office to ensure that we meet the company ethos of excellence in all we do. It was noted by clients that this extends to the back office services as well as the frontline staff.

Blackpool's last report was also excellent and it is could be easy to coast when no recommendations for improvement are noted; however Routes has a listening culture where we strive for continued improvement and all staff and clients regularly make suggestions on how we can improve.

Andrew Healing, Director said  “Congratulations on deserved recognition of your commitment to delivering excellence..”

Posted by: on February 22nd, 2013 @ 10:46 AM

Early deaths; Regional variations 'shocking' - Jeremy Hunt

The local variation in early death rates revealed in a new league table for England is "shocking" and must drive action to improve health, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Public Health England's Longer Lives website, which ranks local authorities, shows people in north-west England are at the greatest risk of dying early.

Mr Hunt said the data could be used to tackle smoking, drinking and obesity.

Click here to see how your area looks.

Posted by: on June 11st, 2013 @ 09:56 AM

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