Care Home Recruitment, Training & Development, Workforce Development

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.

 

 

 

 

Workforce Development

Happy staff means happy residents

At Peverel Court Care, it isn’t just our responsibility to look after our residents, but also to take care of our staff.

We have dozens of care staff working daily in our three care homes; Bartletts Residential Care Home, Stone House Nursing Care Home and Merryfield Nursing Care Home. We know that the way they feel about their work directly affects our residents.

We were surprised to hear recently that despite social care being the most popular of all apprenticeships for young people for the fourth consecutive year, more people are leaving care and support roles than any other sector.

If staff are leaving at an unsustainable rate then they aren’t happy. A rapidly changing workforce and unsatisfied staff are not in the best interest of residents. Unhappy staff don’t deliver good care.

For residents, those who take care of them are like a second family. Daily contact with skilled staff is the least residents expect. At Peverel Court Care, we go the extra mile, making sure that our staff are recruited with the right values and, just as importantly, feel happy, supported and comfortable.

One of the ways we make sure this happens is by working hard to make sure staff feel supported and appreciated every time they come to work.

Beverley Webb is Senior Care Lead and has worked with Peverel Court Care for nine years. She says she has no concerns about feeling underappreciated.

“Peverel Court Care have provided me with all mandatory training, as well as desired training. They have an open door policy if I have any concerns or queries or require information. They’re always there to help.”

Beverley says that this dedication to her wellbeing makes her job enjoyable.

“I am able to give one hundred percent commitment and feel I am valued in all I do within the company from all levels, from junior care staff to the manager and above.”

We want to be sure that we’re giving our residents the best care possible, so we’re dedicated to doing all we can to encourage our staff to stay working with us. They’re on our frontlines and looking after our residents every single day, so we need to be sure they’re committed to providing the same level of high quality care that we are as an organisation. If we invest in taking care of them, we know they’ll be extra committed to maintaining the high standards we expect them to.

Beverley believes that Peverel Court Care’s commitment to her wellbeing has a direct impact on the care and attention she provides.

“I look forward to coming into work and have a smile on my face, which has a tremendous effect on our residents.”

Taking care of residents and looking after our employees go hand in hand at Peverel Court Care, and that’s why we know that we provide some of the best care available.

If you want to hear more about our team, please visit our About Us page. If you’re interested in working with us, please have a look at our ‘Work With Us’ page.

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