Our front line teams of carers are proud of how they help us meet our aim of making lives better. They enjoy being surrounded by other kind and caring people, working together as a team and having great working relationships with both their colleagues and our customers. Working within care offers flexibility, job satisfaction and opportunities to develop and gain qualifications. We are committed to creating great days at work for our colleagues where skills are developed and ambitions are achieved.
A career in care offers long-term prospects, job security and progression. Our academi provides a range of courses, programmes and experience to support all our colleagues on their learning journey from induction and technical training to leadership development. Our partnerships with Cardiff and Vale College, the University of South Wales and the Open University give every colleague the opportunity to flourish and new career pathways we are giving our colleagues the opportunity to progress and improve their incomes.
"Making that little bit of difference, the job satisfaction and enjoyment I get is unbelievable"
Matthew – Tŷ Penrhos Care Home
Nursing Care Assistant programme
Our 12-week Nursing Care Assistant programme, developed with the University of South Wales and the NHS enhances and develops clinical skills and provides a new career pathway for our colleagues in care.
Colleagues benefit from access to the simulation suite at the University of South Wales allowing them to practice their clinical skills in a state of the art environment before applying their skills in their new roles.
To ensure quality, the programme has been developed using the NHS competency framework and gives participants the skills and knowledge to play a key role in helping us ensure the provision of the highest quality and continuity of care.
“I am very happy to have completed the programme as it has taught me so much, as well as enhancing my skills. It has made me feel so valued.”
Nicolle – Nursing Assistant at Brocastle Manor
“By creating the nursing assistant role we have provided a career pathway for care colleagues where other opportunities may not have been available.”
Margaret – Regional Lead, Nursing
Pre-registration Nursing programme
In 2019, we introduced opportunities for our colleagues in care to undertake the Pre-Registration Nursing degree with the Open University (OU).
Our colleagues will continue to work with us as well as enhancing their skills and knowledge on placement with the NHS and through part-time home study with the OU. The programme is designed to develop effective evidence-based practice and usually takes about four years to complete. The course is a balance of practical and theoretical learning and can fitted around other commitments.
We provide our colleagues with protected time for practice learning and upon completion they will gain the award of BSc (Honours) Nursing which makes them eligible to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). At the end of the programme successful participants will have the opportunity to undertake nursing roles within one of our Nursing homes.