The focus of my latest blog in this issue of our newsletter, is our successful application with Teaching Care Homes: Leading and facilitating cross-sector collaborations initiative.
So what exactly is it?
It is an initiative that started as a pilot a couple of years ago, Care England aimed to develop centres of excellence in person centred care, funded by the Department of Health.
The pilot wanted to ensure primarily that the experience of the residents and relatives was truly person centred, meeting all their needs and providing care that was compassionate and an environment that was safe.
The pilot recognised that staff working in the care sector needed to feel valued, listened to and had meaningful and positive learning opportunities to discuss ideas, innovative ways of working and took responsibility for their own development and care practice.
The programme was so successful that Care England managed to secure additional funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing and in partnership with the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS), will develop and support a further five care homes in the period covering 2019/2020 of which Riversway Care home, part of the Springhill Care Group, was selected following a rigorous application process.
Our collaboration with Dementia UK and the Clinical Commissioning Group will not only enhance our service provision through sharing knowledge and shared understanding, but will provide a foundation on which to develop our service further – building on our extensive knowledge base and shaping our future through innovative ways of working with two major stakeholders.
Development is key to future success and the Springhill Care Group prides itself on accessing transformational opportunities – this is an exciting project which will potentially shape care experiences across the Group.
by Mike Lakins
Head of Learning and Development