Over the last few years Registered Nurses have diminished in numbers, fortunately being an innovative company that strives for positive outcomes, we have taken the opportunity to investigate all our options.
As a result of this, we are working closely with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to address this by securing the first stage of a career pathway for those Senior Health Care Assistants and Team Leaders wishing to pursue a career in nursing on a two year Assistant Practitioner (AP) Programme offered by UCLan with a view to progressing on to a Nursing Apprenticeship.
Assistant Practitioners must possess personal qualities, values and behavioural competencies that are so intrinsically important here at Springhill.
As an innovative care provider we recognise that effective frontline leadership is vital to our continued success; it is hardly surprising that all of our Assistant Practitioners students are ‘hand-picked’ for their commitment to upholding our core values of kindness, respect, compassion, dignity, integrity and trust. They are exceptional communicators, they continually demonstrate that they can work on their own initiative, they promote equality, diversity and inclusion at all times and they put our residents at the centre of their care encouraging their involvement – the impact of this role is massive to the business particularly in supporting our Registered Nurses.
The Assistant Practitioner students will develop their clinical and academic knowledge so that under the supervision of our Registered Nurses and in line with company protocols, they will be able to carry out particular tasks to support our residents here at Springhill.
Developing such meaningful partnerships with the University of Central Lancashire and Springhill Care Group is essential in securing our vision for the future – it clearly demonstrates the ethos of Springhill to support the staff to achieve their aspirations through innovative learning and development as we recognise that whilst we may be a market leader, we are part of an ever changing sector.
By Mike Lakins
Head of Learning & Development