Teaching Care Homes

Teaching Care Homes: Inspiring and Impacting Programme



What do current participants say?


And here's what Theresa Shaw, FoNS CEO thinks:

Building on the successful Teaching Care Homes Pilot Programme, FoNS, in partnership with Care England and the Burdett Trust for Nursing, is delighted to announce that it is recruiting a further 5 care homes. The programme involves:

  • Three representatives from each home, the Home Manager, a Registered Nurse and a Care Worker will be the leads from each home (all care homes welcome)
  • Six workshop days focusing on person-centredness, leadership and team-working, learning, innovation and improvement - dates between March 2018 and February 2019
  • Mentorship and on-site support from a FoNS Practice Development Facilitator to support the home to work on a specific area of improvement
  • A small practice improvement bursary

Please note:

  • Organisational sponsorship is required/essential
  • At present the programme is only available to care homes in England


The closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 14th November 2017.

The programme is a partnership between Care England, the Foundation of Nursing Studies and the Burdett Trust for Nursing.


Read below for information on the pilot programme. 


Teaching Care Homes: The Pilot Programme

Over a 9-month period (June 2016 – April 2017), FoNS worked in partnership with Care England, Manchester Metropolitan University and the International Longevity Centre-UK to undertake the ‘Teaching Care Homes’ (TCH) pilot programme. This work was supported by the Department of Health.

The aim of the pilot programme was to create care ‘centres’ that demonstrate excellence and innovation in nurse-led care and where the learning environment benefits residents, staff, students and the wider. To this end, FoNS led a programme of learning and support to help five care home teams to create care settings that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to person centred care and ways of working; that actively engage in learning and practice development; who have strong relationships with academic and education providers; and who can act as a resource for other care homes.

The five homes from across England that took part in the pilot programme are:

  • Millbrook Lodge, Orders of St John Care Trust in Gloucestershire
  • Rose Court, HC-One in Radcliffe, Manchester
  • Berwick Grange, MHA in Harrogate
  • Lady Sarah Cohen House, Jewish Care in Barnet
  • Chester Court, Barchester in Bedlington, Northumbria

A number of booklets and reports are now available that provide greater detail about this work. Please visit: http://www.careengland.org.uk/teaching-care-home-pilot 

For further information about this work, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

A microsite for the care sector has been developed and hosted by Nursing Times: