Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has encouraged care homes to apply to be part of the Teaching Care Home Programme. Building on the success of the scheme over the last two years, the Foundation of Nursing Studies will recruit five care homes within England in the autumn with a focus on enhancing cross system partnership working.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says:
“The programme was set up with a view to recognise the issues of recruitment and retention of both registered nurses and carers. It attempts to raise the profile of long term social care as an exciting, rewarding and forward thinking career choice. I am delighted that we are in a position to roll the programme out to other homes thus demonstrating that once again the sector is willing and able to change from within”.
The aim of the Teaching Care Homes programme is to develop a geographically spread network of homes that:
- Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to person-centred care and ways of working, which will be experienced by all who live, die, visit and work in the home
- Are centres for learning, practice development and research, actively engaging with staff, students, residents and the community
- Have strong working relationships with academic and education providers and are a resource for other care homes.
The focus of the programme will be on enhancing cross system partnership working, for example between care homes and acute sector services, or between care homes, universities, GP practices, etc. The partnerships should intend to develop and strengthen cross system relationships by working together towards developing and achieving shared outcomes. The programme is open to all care homes in England https://www.fons.org/programmes/teaching-care-homes/application-information