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Care Sector About

The care sector is an important part of the health and social care system. Nurses and carers working in the care sector can at times feel poorly regarded and may not always have access to the kind of learning and development opportunities available to their colleagues working in in the NHS. However, they remain central to the delivery of high quality nursing and care to people who are often very vulnerable and who have a wide range of complex needs.

Through our work with nurses and carers in the care sector we have become increasing aware of the great work they do and their commitment to caring for residents and their families. We have also noticed that at times this is not acknowledged more widely across health and social care and their support and development needs can be overlooked.

With all this in mind, FoNS has made a commitment to be more active in reaching out to nurses and the care teams they lead in the care sector. We want to make sure they know about and are accessing the wide range of resources we have available to support practice development, innovation and improvement in practice. We also want to share information and resources that have a direct focus on social care.

Teaching Care Homes

In May 2016, Care England launched the ‘Teaching Care Homes’ Pilot Programme working with FoNS, Manchester Metropolitan University and the International Longevity Centre. This ‘ground breaking’ initiative funded by the Department of Health aims to address the disproportionate amount of negativity care homes receive and is a chance to re-profile care homes as great places to work, receive care and to learn. To find out more visit 'Teaching Care Homes'.

Revalidation

A further exciting new resource we have developed for Registered Nurses is a practical guide to revalidation for nurses working in social care. Earlier this year, we facilitated a series of revalidation workshops in various locations aimed at nurses working in primary and social care. The responses from over 400 nurses who attended were positive and enthusiastic but we realised that there were still a significant number who felt daunted by the process or were working in isolation. We hope this new resources will help will demystify the process and give nurses more confidence about revalidation. To read more go to 'A Practical Guide to Revalidation for Nurses Working in Social Care'.

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