Caring Homes Group sign RCN learning agreement
August 2, 2019
A major UK care home provider, Caring Homes Group, is to work with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), to promote and support lifelong learning for its nursing colleagues.
The learning agreement, which was signed by both parties on August 1, provides a framework for the RCN and Caring Homes to work together to provide ongoing training and development for RCN members and other colleagues working through Caring Homes Group, both employed and agency staff.
The national agreement, which is the second of its kind for the RCN, also outlines the role RCN learning representatives play in promoting learning and development. It will support the creation of new learning representative roles in Caring Homes’ facilities and services across the UK. So far, 14 RCN learning representatives have been recruited.
RCN national officer Irene Murray said it was sometimes hard for nurses in the social care sector to take full advantage of the services the RCN offered – services such as career development or well-being support – because there were not enough representatives in place.
“This agreement gives us the chance to really support our members in the social care sector and make sure we have a base of representatives in place,” said Ms Murray.
“This agreement means our learning reps know what to expect and formalises that relationship so they can work in partnership with their employer, sitting on relevant groups or committees.”
Caring Homes Group is made up of Caring Homes, a major residential and nursing care home provider in the UK, and Consensus, which provides support and accommodation for people with learning disabilities and additional complex needs. The group has more than 5,700 employees including 630 nurses and nursing support workers.
Liz Willis, director of learning & organisational development for Caring Homes, said the learning agreement with the RCN was a quality measure for the company.
“It’s a stamp of quality not just for our nurses and healthcare assistants, but also for the families and individuals we care for and support, because it shows we provide a high-quality service, and invest in the standard of our skilled colleagues,” said Ms Willis.
“Learning is a continuous, lifelong experience-based pursuit that Caring Homes Group heavily invests in. You can’t stand still – you need to continuously improve. There’s no reason for our colleagues not to think about becoming a learning rep.”