A former carer at Heritage Healthcare has been appointed to lead the company’s internal training provision.
Penny Spence, who joined Heritage Healthcare in 2006 and progressed from carer to care co-ordinator, has herself undergone a comprehensive training programme to prepare for her new role.
She has attended courses on a wide range of subjects including dementia champions training, fire awareness, nutrition and hygiene, epilepsy awareness, medication, safeguarding and moving and positioning. Penny has also undertaken PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) training to enhance her teaching skills.
Penny, who will be based at Heritage Healthcare’s new Teesside office in Middlesbrough, will provide a wide-ranging five day induction programme for new members of staff and oversee the continual development of more than 200 care staff. She will be responsible for ensuring that all colleagues are up to date with the skills required for their roles including health and safety, food hygiene, safeguarding and moving and positioning.
Glenn Pickersgill, Managing Director of Heritage Healthcare, said: “Penny has been a valued member of our team for a long time and I am delighted that her career is progressing in such a positive way.
“Her hands on experience as a carer will stand her in good stead and the company has also invested in ensuring that she is well equipped in her new role.”
Penny said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Heritage Healthcare and the support from the company has enabled me to develop my career and my professional skills.
“I am looking forward to working with colleagues to provide up to date and relevant training to ensure that the very high standards of care offered are maintained as the company continues to grow.”