Reflecting back over the past few months it’s incredible to think of the number of links we have forged, in relation to learning and development, and how we have raised our company profile within the community in which we serve.
Only last week I was advised by a new member of staff that one of the deciding factors for applying to work at Springhill Care were the opportunities we have on offer to further their career, in addition to the usual Level 2 and level 3 qualifications in health and social care, which is surely an accolade to the work and commitment that goes into making our business so successful.
Our links with Accrington and Rossendale College ensuring that our staff are supported to achieve their career aspirations, networking has been successfully achieved with Chesterfield College which have equipped our frontline leaders with essential team leading qualities to take the business forward.
We have a strong partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) which is valuable in every aspect of succession planning here at the Springhill Care Group; they are taking a percentage of dedicated staff through the Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship which is fundamental in supporting our business, not only in the practical sense but in developing and improving our staff competencies through training and mentoring.
Further links have been created locally in Accrington with Cramond House Dental Practice in Clitheroe, Samantha Hedley Barrett dental hygienist there has developed a robust training package around oral hygiene, this is something that is imperative within the care sector and can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the people we support.
As with all our business links this is an ongoing opportunity for us to access training that enables us to build on our current practices. Links are in place with Riversway in Bristol and Birch Green in Skelmersdale to replicate this training with local dental providers and University of West England.
Lianna Champ from Champ Funeral Homes was also invited into Springhill Accrington to provide an insight in to grieving and coping with loss again this was another example of some excellent training and information sharing which enables our staff to build on their current practice.
All the networking opportunities we have seized provides a good foundation on which to build, we are certainly not complacent as an organisation, but are committed to continually improving and understand the importance of seeking out and developing new partnerships and nurturing the ones we have already established.
It’s good to reflect as it is clear that Springhill Care Group offers many exciting initiatives and ongoing opportunities for staff development; we are committed to continually looking at innovative ways of working, taking our business to the next level of excellence.
By Mike Lakins
Head of Learning & Development