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About Teaching Care Homes

The aim of the Teaching Care Homes programme is to develop a geographically spread network of homes that:

  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to person-centred care and ways of working, which will be experienced by all who live, die, visit and work in the home
  • Are centres for learning, practice development and research, actively engaging with staff, students, residents and the community
  • Have strong working relationships with academic and education providers and are a resource for other care homes

This aim was developed in recognition of the issues of recruitment and retention of both registered nurses and carers, attempting to raise the profile of long term social care as an exciting, rewarding and forward thinking career choice.

 

About the programme

Led by Care England, and initially funded by the Department of Health, the programme began in May 2016. During this pilot phase, Care England, in partnership with FoNS, Manchester Metropolitan University and the International Longevity Centre UK (ILK-UK) worked with and supported five care homes across England. Scroll down to find out more about the pilot programme and the homes involved.

In early 2017, Care England successfully secured funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing to support ten further homes over two years; five homes to be recruited in late 2017/early 2018 and a further five homes in late 2018/early 2019. This provides an opportunity to continue to:

  • Raise the profile of care home nursing by sharing the the learning and developments achieved
  • Support the development of a network of care homes that can act as 'critical friends' or 'buddies' to other homes
  • Create wider learning opportunities for the care sector by supporting both local and wider events
  • Add to the body of knowledge through publications

We are now delighted to announce that 5 new homes have been selected to participate in the programme which will commence in March 2018. They are:

 

About the pilot programme

Led by Care England, and initially funded by the Department of Health, the programme began in May 2016. During this pilot phase, Care England, in partnership with FoNS, Manchester Metropolitan University and the International Longevity Centre UK (ILK-UK) worked with and supported five care homes across England. Click on the links below to find out more about each of the homes:

FoNS facilitated a development and support programme to enable key staff from the homes (the home manager, a registered nurse, and a carer) to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in leading and facilitating learning and improvement. This included six learning days where participants were able to:

  • Co-create a vision for a Teaching Care Home
  • Develop a commitment to becoming continuously more person-centred
  • Strengthen leadership and team-working
  • Create effective learning environments
  • Promote innovation and improvement practice

Participants also benefited from visits to the home by a practice development facilitator, helping them to work on-site with the wider caring team.

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

Manchester Metropolitan University also worked with the participants to develop a Framework for Education and Development in care homes. Further information about this can be found here.