Ambition fuels rewarding social care careers
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by David Wilmott
1w ago
Mental Health Nurses Day takes place this week (Wednesday 21 February), an opportunity to celebrate the unique contribution nurses and support workers make to our profession. A registered nurse for more than 20 years, David Wilmott has worked across a number of services, including acute and mental health. He is currently Director of Nursing at Cygnet Group, an independent health and social care organisation which provides services for young people and adults with mental health needs, acquired brain injuries, eating disorders, autism and learning disabilities within the UK. David shares his st ..read more
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Celebrating support workers
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by Leanne Flint
1w ago
Support workers are the backbone of health and social care organisations, providing year-round care for service users, patients and residents. Leanne Flint joined Cygnet Healthcare as a support worker in 2008. Here, she writes about the training and personal development which has helped her progress. Leanne takes a positive approach to life's challenges. She is just as positive about careers in care. [Image created by freepik.com] Looking for inspiration I’d been working for an NHS GP surgery and, after many years, felt I needed a new challenge. My next-door neighbour worked at Cygnet and ..read more
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The Messenger Review: a roadmap for great leadership
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by Deborah Sturdy
2w ago
Improving leadership is a journey, but you have to lay a clear path to success first. [Image created by freepik.com] Ambition for excellence The Messenger Review, published in 2022, set out an ambition to review system wide leadership development. It was an opportunity to help the health and social care system strengthen leadership and management across both sectors in England. It was also a way to help people new to their roles to better understand what is expected of them. Sir Gordon Messenger and Dame Linda Pollard’s wide-ranging review drew up seven recommendations: Interventions on ..read more
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Southend's museums of curiosity and compassion
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by Ciara Phipps
1M ago
With enormous thanks to current and former Chief Social Workers for Adults, Lyn Romeo and Mark Harvey, the Social Care blog is pleased to share this fantastic blog from Southend Museums' Ciara Phipps. Her team have been exploring different ways to work more closely with social care council colleagues, to help more people understand and value the role arts, culture and heritage play in fostering good health, wellbeing and inclusive communities. "[At Southend Museums] we believe passionately more women from underrepresented backgrounds should see heritage, arts and culture roles as viable car ..read more
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Real world expertise shapes the very best care
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by Raf Hamaizia
1M ago
The Experts By Experience Team (Raf second from left): "Cygnet has embraced... lived experience into its working fabric, with a positive and accepting culture being a driving force behind the programme’s success." [Copyright Cygnet Healthcare] Who are the Experts by Experience? Experts by Experience are people with lived experience of using, or caring for someone who has used, health and or social care services. The Cygnet Experts by Experience (EBE) programme is a testament to the paradigm shift taking place in a sector embracing co-production and the value of people with lived experience ..read more
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Academy hopes for more award winning care
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by Arron Bolland
1M ago
"My favourite part of the job has to be seeing practices taught in our courses being demonstrated across the three homes and making a positive change for residents." [Image created by freepik.com] A centre of excellence I’m the Learning Development and Quality Manager at specialist dementia care provider, Vida Healthcare’s training centre, Vida Academy, which was recently opened to support the career progression of our current and future colleagues. We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to support our workforce in their career progression and provide the highest quality of care to ..read more
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Personal perspectives on the Care Workforce Pathway
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by Jennifer Pearl
1M ago
Social care colleagues will have better training, clearer career paths and improved job prospects following the announcement of government plans to develop the domestic care workforce. The Department of Health and Social Care has unveiled a package of measures that will reaffirm care work as a career, including the Care Workforce Pathway, helping to recruit and retain talent by providing new, accredited qualifications, digital training and funded apprenticeships. Individuals drawing on care services were just as vital contributors to the Pathway's development as care staff, providers and ..read more
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Care Workforce Pathway: the role of lived experience
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by Tim Parkin
1M ago
Social care colleagues will have better training, clearer career paths and improved job prospects following the announcement of government plans to develop the domestic care workforce. The Department of Health and Social Care has unveiled a package of measures that will reaffirm care work as a career, helping to recruit and retain talent by providing new, accredited qualifications, digital training and funded apprenticeships. Think Local Act Personal's Tim Parkin explains how his organisation helped gather views from care colleagues and those receiving or delivering unpaid care to inform the ..read more
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Unleashing career potential in adult social care
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by Deborah Sturdy
1M ago
"There will... be funding for hundreds of apprenticeships and digital training places so that new and existing care colleagues can keep pace with the latest digital innovations." [Image created by freepik.com] New package of training, support and professional development It feels like a long time coming (and there’s nothing wrong with extensive preparation to get things right) but finally, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced a package of measures to elevate the true value, variety and career potential of social care. For the first time, there will be a national care career ..read more
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Boosting careers in adult social care
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by Oonagh Smyth
1M ago
As the Department of Health and Social Care announces its adult social care workforce reform package, Oonagh Smyth, CEO of Skills for Care, gives her insight into what this means for recruiting, retaining and empowering the care workforce. The Care Workforce Pathway and Care Certificate will help new and existing care colleagues chart a bright and rewarding future [Image created by freepik.com] A positive direction for social care I’m pleased we've begun 2024 with the Government's announcement of this workforce reform package. This includes the first version of a Care Workforce Pathway (‘P ..read more
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