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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: Bartlett’s Residential Care Home and Stone House Nursing Home in Aylesbury, and Merryfield House Nursing Home in Witney. 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.

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Helping Build The Next Generation Of Social Care Superstars

Everyday hundreds of social care workers quit. Scary when you are facing the prospect of an aging population and a sector that is already struggling to support everyone it needs to. Instead of sitting back, we are taking action.

We are working with local colleges and universities, such as the prestigious Oxford Brookes University, to show students just how amazing working in care can be. In November we had two students on work placements at Bartlett’s Residential Care Home. They worked closely with our staff and residents so that they could get a real feel for what a career in care is like.

Katherine and Christian took very different skills from their time with us. We wanted to make sure that we gave them work experience with as much variety as possible and it worked; they both expressed that they had learnt a lot, including skills they would certainly take forward.

Katherine was particularly interested to learn about personal care. She said, “Personal care was something very new to me as I had no previous care experience. I found this kind of experience eye opening and was surprised by the calm nature shown by the staff and residents in seemingly embarrassing situations.”

She also said that she gained very valuable communication skills. “Each day I would talk to residents and join in with the daily activities such as exercises, dancing, singing and knitting.”

Christian said that he was impressed to observe the personal care plans Bartlett’s employ to make sure that residents feel well looked after. He said, “There is no such thing as a general care plan at Bartlett’s, as each member of staff knows what fact or act will get the best out of each resident, how they like their hair to be combed, or what outfits they want to wear when they have visitors.” 

We were very pleased to see that both students enjoyed working alongside our staff. They both commented on how friendly and supportive they are, something that made us immensely proud.

Katherine and Christian were wonderful work experience students. The social care sector would certainly benefit if likeminded people made social care their career of choice. We hope to see them changing lives very soon. In the meantime, we will continue to invite tomorrow’s social care superstars here in the hope that we can show them what a great sector this is.

 

 

 

 

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