National Teaching Care Home Programme

NationalIn partnership with Salford University, Heathlands Village, run by social care charity The Fed, has successfully submitted a bid to be selected as one of just five care homes across the country to be a National Teaching Care Home.

Delighted CEO, Mark Cunningham commented,

“The Fed has had a long-held aim to develop Heathlands Village as a place of learning and research and this is a big step in that direction.

This is a superb achievement and a well-deserved recognition for the standard of care achieved by our teams despite a background of austerity.”

The Teaching Care Homes Programme is a partnership between Care England, the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) and the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

“Our collaboration will offer tangible benefits to the care experience and outcomes for residents and their families, and to the learning and development opportunities within the care sector.”

Gabi Hesk, Lecturer in Social Work and Practice Learning, at Salford University, said

“We are very excited at the prospect of working with The Fed which is an innovative health and social care provider that is not afraid to be creative and test out new ways of working to enhance service users’ lives.

The partnership will help promote a holistic care approach across a wide range of university disciplines including Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Drama, Podiatry, Digital Services, Dementia Hub and will prepare our students for employability within the mixed economy of health and social care.”

Heathlands Village offers residential, nursing and day-care, including specialist dementia and end-of-life-care for up to 214 older people from both the Jewish and Non–Jewish community. Its latest CQC (Care Quality Commission) classifies it as ‘outstanding’ in terms of responsiveness and overall ‘good’.

More information is available at more information about The Fed can be found at

The Fed has been providing social care support to the Manchester Jewish Community since 1867. AS well as its care home at Heathlands Village it delivers a range of other services including: supported housing, mental health support, carers’ breaks and support, a community café, groups and play-schemes for children with special needs in our children’s centre, social work for adults and children and families367 staff

In June 2016 they received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in respect of the excellent work carried out by their volunteers and staff.