Social care providers who deliver optimal support packages tend to invest in their staff. Whether its induction training including the Care certificate online, or work skills covered on Positive behaviour support training or Challenging behaviour training or Physical intervention training.  Research by Community Care has found that staff working in residential and nursing homes are not being provided with the training they need to support adults with complex needs.

Care training is an investmentCommunity Care sought to pinpoint the training gaps among residential care workers. They analysed 300 inspection reports published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) between 1 October 2014 and 31 August 2015. They focused on those reports where training had been identified as an issue by CQC inspectors. The analysis covered 125 ‘inadequate’ services, 125 services that ‘required improvement’ and 50 rated as ‘good’. The findings showed:

  • Training gaps were identified in 71% of care homes told to improve by the CQC.
  • Dementia care, safeguarding and the Mental Capacity Act were the topic areas that fared worst.
  • Almost half (49%) of the homes told to improve by the CQC were breaching regulations that require them to ensure a suitably trained and supported workforce.

Phil Hardy, Director of Securicare says, “We recognise that training comes at a price, and in straitened times spending is tightly controlled. But what we prefer to do is look at training as an investment rather than a cost. The research bears this out, telling us that there is a direct link between workforce development and quality of life for care home residents. The Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent found that found that benefits, such as involvement in community activities, the provision of opportunities for decision-making, as well as general cleanliness and comfort were all positively correlated with the number of staff who had NVQs or were working towards one..”

“In addition to our longstanding work developing training programmes around the prevention and management of challenging behaviour Securicare have recently invested extensively in a broad range of top quality induction training programmes all of which are designed to provide the underpinning knowledge for levels 2 and 3 in the health and social care diploma.. All this now makes us a one-stop-shop for all your training needs…”

SecuriCare offer a range of training courses designed to ensure that staff are able to deliver optimal care and support. We offer a unique blend of online and classroom based sessions. All of our induction courses are put together by a development team comprising PhD and Masters’ Graduate Nurses with a combined 50 years of practice in Health and Social Care.

Contact us for more information and to discuss your needs: E: or T: 01904 492442

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