Training takes off with bumper turnout

Training for our carers at Corinium Care has got off to a flying start in 2016 with two refresher training courses every month and one award-winning course for new carers.

The most recent training and assessment course for new carers was attended by 20 people from all over the world, including South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The intensive one-week programme includes a host of topics essential for a live-in carer such as moving and handling, dementia training, medication, safeguarding, nutrition, hygiene, effective communication and palliative care.

The training week contributes towards The Care Certificate which is the national occupational standard for all health and social care workers.

“Some attendees are returning to caring so the week reinforces skills they already have. Others are new to caring – they might be quite nervous when they arrive but invariably leave for their new role on a high note,” said Corinium’s Training and Care Manager Amanda West-Sadler.

“Whilst the new carers are with us in Nailsworth, our head office team benefits from getting to know them individually. Each carer is personally assessed and that helps when we are trying to match a carer to a particular client. We pride ourselves on our ‘matching skills’ and the training and assessment process is key to our success.”

Refresher courses take place twice a month and are tailored specifically for existing carers.

The programme includes a review of essential carer skills such as safeguarding, health and safety and policy updates.

“It’s a great opportunity to touch base, share experiences with other carers and to catch up with the office team,” said Amanda.

“All our carers are wonderful people. They come from very different backgrounds, but what they have in common are great communications skills, compassion, commitment and a caring disposition.

“It’s our job to provide the best training possible to make sure it matches the quality of care for which Corinium Care is noted.”

Corinium Care provides live-in care for frail and elderly people in their own home, those with dementia and young adults with physical and learning disabilities. It has more than 800 registered carers and recruitment offices in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

In 2015 it was rated ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commission, with an ‘Outstanding’ rating for its standards of care.