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24/7 GP access for our staff

24/7 online GP service for staff at Peverel Court Care

 

With a recent study revealing that NHS patients are now waiting on average nearly 15 days to see a GP for a routine appointment, we examine how we’re helping our staff with their own health needs.

 

Access to GPs has seldom made more headlines than it has of late. A report published on the Pulse – considered the leading publication for GPs in the UK – highlighted that in a recent survey, over 20% of the 900 GPs who responded said that their patients faced an average wait for a routine appointment of over three weeks. More than one in 20 stated it was more than four weeks.

Another story from Pulse earlier this year focused on the fact GP surgeries across the UK have been shutting their doors in record numbers. In 2018, 138 surgeries closed, compared with just 18 in 2013. Much of this is believed to be the result of underfunding, although leading fugures in the sector have complained that GPs are overworked and stressed, leading more to exit the profession or reduce their hours.

More recently, a study by the University of Manchester found that GP partners’ income had decreased by around 10% in real terms over the period from 2008 to 2017.  This has come against the backdrop of GP workloads increasing by around 20% over the same period. Taken together, it is believed that this “may have contributed to current recruitment and retention problems”. 

 

The expert view

Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, was quoted as saying: 

Our patients should be able to see a GP when they need to – and the fact that this is becoming increasingly difficult is frustrating for GPs and their teams, just as we know it is for patients. People are waiting too long for routine appointments, and the concern is that non-serious conditions might deteriorate, or patients give up trying to see the GP and we miss signs of serious illness early, when it could be dealt with simply and more cost effectively in primary care.

All of this comes in the wake of the 2015 election pledge by the Government to add an additional 5000 GPs by 2020; a pledge which they are struggling to meet. However, this promise was questioned by many, including Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA’s GPs committee, who said at the time:

Delivering 5,000 extra GPs in five years, when training a GP takes 10 years, was a practical impossibility that was never going to be achieved. It was a pledge that also ignored the fact that one third of GPs are planning to retire by 2020, and the current medical graduates do not want to join an overworked, underfunded service, with more than 400 GP trainee posts left unfilled last year.

 

Our solution to the GP access problem

Given the challenges faced by both the GPs and their patients, it’s hardly surprising that juggling a working day with the sparse availability of appointments has never been more difficult for patients; and in particular those who are shift workers – like many of our staff.

That’s why, at Peverel Court Care we have invested in a service which provides 24/7 online access to a GP for our staff. Whilst we appreciate that for certain conditions, a visit to the local surgery may still be required, we hope that the online service we’ve provided can, for many, give them an alternative to the lengthy NHS waiting times.

We recognise the fantastic work that our team do in providing first rate levels of care for our residents. So we believe that it’s only right and proper to do all we can to help them maintain their own health and wellbeing. Therefore, the introduction of the GP service is just one of many recruitment and retention initiatives we have in store to help our staff realise how valued they are by the Peverel Court Care management team. We hope that these small gestures of our appreciation can help make their work-life balance that little bit easier.

 

About Peverel Court Care

Peverel Court Care is a group of one residential and two nursing homes, located in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. We are a long-standing family business, providing personalised care, delivered by talented and compassionate people, in exclusive and idyllic settings.

With happiness at the heart of our homes, we recognise and respect the contribution made by our residents to society during their lifetimes. Valued by residents and their families; our reputation, investment in each property, and approach to appointing and developing our staff makes each home unique and the benchmark in premium care.

Bartletts, Best Care Practices, Business, Care Management, Community, Future of Care, Leadership & Management, Merryfield, Real life, Social Care & Society, Social Care Strategy, Stone House, Wellbeing

Developing our new company values

Developing our new company values at Peverel Court Care

 

Constructing an idealised set of values for your business and its staff to uphold is one thing; but successfully embedding that in the DNA of the organisation is another entirely.

 
In a 2007 Bain & Company survey, global business leaders confirmed their belief that organisational culture was as important as corporate strategy in realising business success.

Organisational culture is the business equivalent of the personality of an individual. It can have a strong impact on the behaviour of its employees by facilitating a collective commitment to what the company stands for.

By establishing a singular organisational identity a business can help employees in understanding their own role and surroundings. It can also help communicate expectations regarding how their conduct affects the wider perception of the company they work for.

One of the key components of company culture are its values, which we believe to be the set of guiding principles and fundamental beliefs that help a group of people function together as a team and work towards a common goal. Company values fall into two categories: espoused values, such as those communicated by management, and enacted values, i.e. those actually displayed by employees. Therefore, to successfully embed new values into a company, the values displayed by staff need to be brought in line with those publicised by the business.

 

Creating new company values

At Peverel Court Care, we not only appreciate the hard work and dedication of our staff in delivering first class care provision to residents at our elderly care homes in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire; we also respect their loyalty and commitment to our business. Therefore, rather than seek to impose values on them, we consulted with our passionate team to find out how they wanted our business to be viewed by others.

To achieve this, we invited our staff to complete a core values survey. They were provided the opportunity to rank a shortlist of suggested core values in the order which they each felt was the closest match to the company they wanted us to be. In addition, we also offered an open question for our staff to detail what they feel should be the most important core values at Peverel Court Care.

The resulting values are different to those of many other organisations, because they carry real weight. The entire company have been involved in their creation, and they have been discussed and agreed by everyone across the business. This means they have total buy-in from all of the team. Going forward, they will be used in everything we do; including recruitment, onboarding, induction training and appraisals.

Our recognition programme will also be used to congratulate and reward our staff when they are recognised by residents, their families, or peers for outstanding work that align with these values.

 

Our Chosen Values

  • Resident Focus – Commitment to putting our residents first. We develop relationships that make a positive difference in our residents’ lives.
  • Passion – Care about our work and taking pride in what we do. Committed in heart and mind.
  • Integrity – We uphold the highest standards of integrity in all of our actions. Behaving with the highest levels of integrity is fundamental to who we are.
  • Service Quality – We provide an unsurpassed service that delivers exceptional care to our residents and their families.
  • Care For Our Communities – We serve and support a local experience. The unique character of each home is a direct reflection of a community’s people and culture.

 

About Peverel Court Care

Peverel Court Care is a group of one residential and two nursing homes, located in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. We are a long-standing family business, providing personalised care, delivered by talented and compassionate people, in exclusive and idyllic settings.

With happiness at the heart of our homes, we recognise and respect the contribution made by our residents to society during their lifetimes. Valued by residents and their families; our reputation, investment in each property, and approach to appointing and developing our staff makes each home unique and the benchmark in premium care.

Best Care Practices, Business, Care Home Recruitment, Future of Care, Leadership & Management, Training & Development, Workforce Development

Career Pathways for Healthcare Assistants

Peverel Court Care HCA Career Pathways

Examining how career pathway development in care is essential.

Recruiting and retaining the fantastic staff that we rely on to deliver exceptional care services to the residents of our homes has always been a challenge; but due to wider sector and societal influences, this has never been a more important consideration. That is why we have introduced new career pathways for our Healthcare Assistants.

Due to an ageing population in England, there is an expected increase in the demand for care home places over the next decade, with some reports suggesting that the care sector will need to increase staffing levels by up to 21% by 2030. All of this from an overall workforce which will look very similar to that which we see today in terms of the size of the working age population.

The 2016 EU Referendum may also play it’s part in staffing levels going forward. While there are large regional variations, 13% of the care workforce in London were non-British EEA nationals in 2016/17. In particular, non-British EEA workers represented 16% of the Registered Nurses working in care at that time.

Another consideration is that across the sector in England, staff turnover is universally high, at around 30%, so ensuring that when we find great staff that we’re able to keep them for the long-term is a high priority for us at Peverel Court Care.

 

Recruitment and Retention

 

Value based recruitment has been found to help identify candidates who will stay in the care sector much longer; by not only examining whether they have the skills and competencies that are required for the role, but also by evaluating whether they can respect and empathise with service users.

There is also evidence that recruitment through word of mouth and recommendations from the social circle of existing employees is much more effective in terms of passing interview and remaining in post after 12 months than other forms of recruitment.

Once we have found and recruited the right people, the next step is to ensure that we keep them for the long-term; and that is where our new career pathways for HCA’s comes in.

 

Investing in a shared future with career pathways

 

When we recruit new members of staff, not only do we seek to ensure that they have all of the relevant training to make sure that they can do their jobs today, but we’re also looking to put in place longer term plans to help them continue to learn and develop so that they will want to stay with us for much longer than the industry average. We work closely with ambitious Healthcare Assistants at each Home and support them through the new Assistant Practitioner course at both Oxford Brookes University and Buckinghamshire New University.

We aim to provide a structured career pathway for those with aspirations to develop and progress in the care sector. Upon completion of the Assistant Practitioner course – our staff then have the option to then complete a further course to become a qualified Registered Nurse. We also provide access to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care for those looking to pursue a managerial career pathway.

Promoting continuous learning, development and career pathways is fundamental to the long-term staff requirement planning we have in place for the business. Going hand-in-hand with this, we have recently introduced staff reward and recognition programmes, which allow us to thank our dedicated team for their commitment. Together, we hope that by investing in making our staff feel valued and by enabling them to progress their careers with us via the new career pathways, Peverel Court Care can continue to buck sector-wide staffing trends.

We hope that by utilising this approach, it in turn will allow us to deliver the high levels of consistent care provision that our residents and their families value so highly.

 

About Peverel Court Care

 

Peverel Court Care is a group of one residential and two nursing homes, located in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. We are a long-standing family business, providing personalised care, delivered by talented and compassionate people, in exclusive and idyllic settings.

With happiness at the heart of our homes, we recognise and respect the contribution made by our residents to society during their lifetimes. Valued by residents and their families; our reputation, investment in each property, and approach to appointing and developing our staff makes each home unique and the benchmark in premium care.

Best Care Practices, Business, CQC Inspection, Health and Safety, Leadership & Management, Personalisation, Safeguarding, Stone House, Training & Development, Workforce Development

The drive to be outstanding

Peverel Court Care’s Stone House nursing home in Buckinghamshire receives overall 'Good' with Outstanding in 'Responsive' in latest CQC inspection

Stone House receives overall ‘Good’ with Outstanding in ‘Responsive’ in latest CQC inspection

Peverel Court Care’s Stone House has received it’s latest glowing inspection report from the CQC, which included an ‘Outstanding’ rating in assessing our ability to be Responsive.

We were also rated as ‘Good’ in the four other assessment categories, which evaluate whether the home is considered by the inspectors to be Safe, Effective, Caring and Well-led.

The overall CQC rating awarded for our Buckinghamshire nursing home was ‘Good’ based on the most recent inspection, which was carried out on 26th February 2019.

Some of the comments from the inspector’s report included:

“Care was exceptionally person-centred and focused on ensuring people with dementia lived as independent lives as possible. The care was designed to ensure people’s maximum independence was encouraged and maintained.”

“People experienced positive outcomes regarding their health and wellbeing. People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this.”

“Staff received good supervision and training, which provided them with the knowledge and skills to enable them to provide good care. There was a workplace culture that was open and honest. Staff told us they felt supported by the manager and they could speak with them at any time.”

 

Our outstanding Stone House team

 

While the report is indicative of a well-managed and caring environment for residents and staff alike, we’re not resting on our laurels. We will continue to strive for Stone House and the other Peverel Court Care homes in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to be recognised as ‘Outstanding’ across the board in future reports. Preet Shergill, Associate Director of Peverel Court Care, commented:

 

“We are proud to say that we are surrounded by staff who strive for continuous improvement, innovation and provide exceptional elderly care. The very positive CQC inspection report is testament to the outstanding work of the Stone House team, volunteers and the Buckinghamshire community.”

 

The CQC inspection report follows hot on the heels of our recent “Top Care Home Group” award win at the carehome.co.uk awards (you can read more here), which was based on positive reviews from our residents and their families, including the following from the daughter of one of our Stone House residents:

This care home is amazing. It is run by the manager and the most caring staff, many of whom have been with the company for years. The care they give their residents is second to none and the home provides them with lots of entertainment and you can see the residents enjoying these events. The meals they provide are all prepared fresh every day by the resident chef. The atmosphere when you visit the home is also something, welcoming and lots of laughter all around. A super home and I can thoroughly recommend it.

 

The future for Stone House nursing home, Aylesbury

 

As part of our journey towards ‘Outstanding’ at Stone House, we are implementing a number of upcoming initiatives, including:

  • The introduction of bespoke training and development pathways’ for Healthcare Assistants, Registered Nurses and all other departments of the Peverel Court Care team
  • Rewards and recognition of staff for various achievements and milestones, such as high levels of attendance, attaining NVQ qualifications, referring new staff members, years of service, and the receipt of special praise via relatives
  • New and improved technology infrastructure
  • Non-clinical customer service training for all staff

We believe that by recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining the best possible staff to deliver care to our residents within the idyllic setting of Stone House, we can continue to improve on the incredible levels of service for which we’re already being recognised.  

The full CQC inspection report can be read here

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Top care home award

PCC Top 20 care home group award winners 2019 Bartletts

 

PCC wins carehome.co.uk Group Awards for fourth consecutive year



Peverel Court Care are delighted to announce that we have been named as recipients of the ‘Top 20 Recommended Care Home Group’ Award for 2019, the fourth consecutive year we have received the award.

The awards, presented by sector-leading review website carehome.co.uk, aim to highlight the most recommended Care Home Groups in the UK, and are based on over 120,000 reviews from care home residents, as well as their friends and family.

Some of the glowing reviews we’ve received on the carehome.co.uk website this year from residents and their families include:

From the moment I arrived with my mother, the quality of the care was evident. I knew from that moment on my sister and I had chosen a truly wonderful place for our mother. The staff are extremely passionate about their care for patients. I’m just so glad we chose Stone House.

Richard W (Son of Resident)

Merryfield is a lovely home. The management are genuinely kind and have all worked as carers themselves in the past so they know exactly what quality care looks like. I cannot recommend Merryfield highly enough.

Francesca B (Friend of Resident)

As soon as I contacted Bartletts the staff made me feel that my mother was going to receive the care I wanted her to have. She was given a great welcome. The staff are very kind and when problems arose they were sorted out straight away. Bartletts is now Mum’s home, where we are very welcome to visit as if it were her own home.

Eileen B (Daughter of Resident)

 

Preet Shergill, Associate Director of Peverel Court Care, dedicated the award to everyone who helps us to deliver outstanding levels of care to our residents, saying:

“Well done to all of the Peverel Court Care team for your outstanding work in 2018. The exceptional levels of care provided were captured in numerous excellent reviews from those who matter most; residents and their relatives. Those excellent reviews have been recognised with this award. Well done to an outstanding team on winning this award for four consecutive years!”


PCC Top 20 care home group award winners 2019 Stone House


Peverel Court Care is a group of one residential and two nursing homes, located in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. We are a long-standing family business, providing personalised care, delivered by talented and compassionate people, in exclusive and idyllic settings.

With happiness at the heart of our homes, we recognise and respect the contribution made by our residents to society during their lifetimes. Valued by residents and their families; our reputation, investment in each property, and approach to appointing and developing our staff makes each home unique and the benchmark in premium care.

Best Care Practices, Business, Care Home Recruitment, Future of Care, Leadership & Management, Social Care & Society

A fresh look at attracting the best carers

Peverel Court Care - A fresh look at attracting the best carers: How we improved our recruitment process - Photo by Jessica To'oto'o on Unsplash

 

How we improved our recruitment process

 

At Peverel Court Care, the quality of the service we deliver is always at the forefront of our thinking. Ensuring that we can recruit and retain the best available staff to provide care to our residents underpins everything that we do as a business.

 

By minimising our use of agency staff, we believe that we are able to provide an all-important consistency of care to our residents. Long-standing, full-time staff are best placed to build an excellent rapport with the residents to whom they provide care regularly, and there is also a greater consistency in the delivery of care plans.

 

However, it’s not quite that simple, as these are challenging times for the care sector as a whole. The Office for National Statistics suggests that by 2046 nearly a quarter of the UK population will be aged 65 or older, and the Government estimates that the care sector will need 650,000 additional workers by 2035 just to keep up with anticipated demand.

 

And all of this is set against the backdrop of public spending cuts, and suggestions from Skills for Care that over 390,000 care workers are leaving the sector each year, which equates to over 1,000 every day.

 

Together, this makes the recruitment and retention of the kind of brilliant staff we rely so heavily upon, all the more challenging.

 

The Government are taking steps to improve the situation, however, launching the “Every Day is Different” recruitment drive in February 2019, aimed at helping to fill the 110,000 vacancies currently in the sector. The minister of state for care Caroline Dinenage said:

 

“Our national recruitment campaign will support care providers to recruit thousands more talented people. We must spread the word that careers in adult social care can be rewarding, varied and worthwhile. Care is a vocation where you can transform people’s lives and every day is different to the next.”

 

As a response, we have recently redesigned our recruitment practices. To do this, we have taken a step back and documented our existing processes, then reviewed with the very people who were experiencing them: prospective new members of staff. We’ve listened to the problems they faced in applying to work for us, and to their thoughts on how we could simplify and improve the recruitment process.

 

We’ve then gone away and applied modern management techniques, including a Six Sigma process improvement methodology, to streamline and refine our recruiting operations.

 

Going forward, we hope that this will facilitate our management team in attracting and recruiting the best talent on the market for our homes; and for those people looking for employment to find the process of applying to work for us a more accurate reflection of what we stand for as a business.

Most importantly, we hope that the changes we have made will help us to continue to employ staff who deliver the high levels of care that our residents deserve. What’s happening in the rest of the sector does have an impact on us; but that doesn’t mean we have to let it define us.

 

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Peverel Court Care – Top 20 Care Home Group in UK Award

We are delighted to announce that our incredible staff and management teams at Peverel Court Care have been given an award through carehome.co.uk.

We’re officially one of the top twenty most recommended care home groups in United Kingdom, an amazing accolade that makes us incredibly proud

This award is extremely special, because winning care home groups are decided by 40,000 reviews from residents, as well as their friends and family members.

At Peverel Court Care we have always judged our own performance on the reviews of our residents and their relatives. We are always asking for feedback from the people who live with us and those who love them, most notably through our resident surveys – in which residents can give honest feedback about the care they are receiving. The fact that so many people have taken extra time out to publicly review us online is thrilling

But the good news doesn’t stop there. Stone House Nursing Care Home has been awarded a similar accolade labeling it one of the top twenty recommended care homes in the South East of the UK. This is an incredible achievement, and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all of the staff and management teams at Stone House.

Our other two care homes Bartlett’s and Merryfield can’t have been too far behind for their own individual awards! Whilst Stone House has a rating of 9.9 on carehome.co.uk, Bartlett’s and Merryfield are both at 9.8. Their incredible ratings contributed to our overall group award, which we could not have achieved without the hard work and dedication of all Peverel Court Care employees.

In recognition of our achievement we will be awarded two certificates, one for the Peverel Court Care group and one for Stone House, which we will display prominently. We’ll also be permitted to use an award stamp, which we’ll be putting on our website

We would like to extend huge congratulations to the management team and staff of all three of our establishments, who provide exceptional care and have made us incredibly proud. Of the thousands of care home groups in the UK we are honoured to be able to call ourselves one of the top twenty.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has taken the time out to review us.

Davina Ludlow, Director of carehome.co.uk, said:

“Care home groups, which put compassion, dignity and kindness at the heart of their care, are making a huge difference to residents’ lives.

“Peverel Court Care has proved that it provides a high standard of care throughout its homes and we’d like to congratulate it on being a top small care home group! We feel it is a real achievement to be recognised for being in the Top 20 care home groups in the UK.

“We feel the best people to rate a care home are the residents and their families and friends. Their reviews reveal that many care homes are warm and happy places to live, where staff go that extra mile to ensure residents have a good quality of life and feel cared for.

“Stone House Nursing Home proved that they provide a high standard of care and we’d also like to congratulate them on being a Top 20 care home in South East England! It’s a wonderful achievement to be recognised for being a highly recommended home by the very people you care for.

“Finding the right care home can be so hard. We hope that our awards will help to make people’s care home search that little bit easier.”

 

 

 

 

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The Care Quality Commission and their five year strategy

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the regulator of social care organisations in the United Kingdom. They set out what outstanding care looks like and then inspect services to make sure that they meet at least fundamental standards. They not only inspect care homes, but hospitals, dentists and other public services as well.
For our sector, the CQC was founded to make sure that care homes provide a safe and comfortable place to live for people who need care and support. Last week they released their five-year strategy, which aims to improve the quality of care services providers are offering.
In this article, we explore how Merryfield Nursing Care Home, Stone House Nursing Care Home and Bartlett’s Residential Care Home are already implementing the best practice strategy the CQC has identified for themselves.

Encourage improvement, innovation and sustainability in care

On Carehome.co.uk we are rated 9.7 and 9.8 out of ten for all three of our premises. We have a reputation for providing outstanding services in comfortable settings and giving people an excellent place to live.
But we want to be known as more than a good care provider. For our residents, our premises are their homes and we are often an extension of their family.
We provide innovative care through our activities coordinator, who is dedicated to providing new experiences to stave away boredom and look after the mental health of our residents.

Deliver an intelligence driven approach to regulation

It’s not good enough for us to form our own opinions on what makes good quality care provision, we must listen to what those receiving care are telling us makes our service excellent.
Our residents and relatives survey gives those who live with us and their families the opportunity to tell us what they think of our service. It’s a great way of discovering any alterations we might need to make in the way we deliver our care and an excellent way to see our strengths, too.
We are delighted to report that in the last one we scored above 3.4 out of 4, which is a rating of ‘outstanding’.

Promote a single shared view of quality

Across all three of our premises, all staff are working towards the same view of quality. It is a view that has been developed over time by Peverel Court Care as a result of years of learning.
All staff are fully inducted in accordance with these principles, so whichever of our care or nursing homes you’re living in you’ll be receiving the same standards of excellence from all of our staff. We think this shared view is extremely important for the wellbeing of our residents.

Improve our efficiency and effectiveness

Our residents all have different care plans and requirements, so we have to be efficient whilst still administering care effectively.

Many of our staff members have worked with us for a number of years. They are well practiced in delivering care in the most efficient and effective way, so that we can be proactive instead of merely reactive.

We’re proud

Care provision is a difficult and important sector to work in. We have the lives of people in our hands. Regulation is important, and a good, strong strategy makes sure that providers know what the best care looks like. We were very happy to recognise that we are already implementing the best practice way of working that the CQC have identified for themselves.

We plan to carry on advancing and enhancing our services, providing high quality, luxury care in comfortable residential settings and through skilled, competent and happy staff.

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