Caring Homes, an independent national network of residential, nursing and dementia care homes, celebrates receiving Princess Royal Training Award (PRTA) by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal for their commitment to training and development in 2021.
Alongside 47 other organisations, the Caring Homes Group was recognised by The Princess Royal Training Awards for its inspirational commitment to learning and development for the fourth time.
Despite facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, the organisations receiving this standard of excellence have created and delivered highly engaging training programmes which have resulted in significant and measurable impact.
Several of this year’s Princess Royal Training Awards recipients have innovatively used training as a way of addressing skills shortages and skills gaps in their sector.
In response to national skills shortages and increased pressure on the healthcare sector during the pandemic, Caring Homes created an in-house programme to train overseas recruits to become nurses and address a national skills shortage.
Liz Willis, director of learning and organisational development at Caring Homes, said: “We are delighted that our training programmes have been recognised in this way and that we have been included among those organisations to receive one of these coveted training awards for the fourth time.
“At Caring Homes, we wholeheartedly believe that investing in our colleagues, their learning and ongoing development is pivotal to the success of our organisation, the exceptional standards of care, safety and wellbeing we provide our residents and indeed the way in which we have risen to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented.”
She continued: “As an organisation, we pride ourselves on our openness and transparency and as such we are always keen to share our best practice approaches and initiatives with the wider nursing community to enhance knowledge, improve the way in which care is provided and to ultimately promote patient safety and quality care.
“One way we have approached this is through sharing our Nurse Development initiatives at meetings involving Skills for Care, the Royal College of Nursing, and NHS Trusts.”
The Group are also a part of The PRTA ‘Community of Excellence’ having been recognised by the awards in 2020 for the Chef Development Programme, which upskills chefs and meets and exceeds industry criteria for care home catering and cooking for people living with dementia.
They were recognised in 2018 for the Future Leaders’ Programme and in 2016 with the ‘My World’ Dementia Training Programme.
As well as securing a valuable workforce, Caring Homes has created a culture of inclusivity, fully supporting international trainees to pass the required exam whilst offering wider pastoral support. Pass rates for 2020-21 have increased by 11% compared to previous years.
Kirstie Donnelly MBE, chief executive of City & Guilds said: “It’s fantastic to have seen so many organisations demonstrate a continued commitment to training and development as well as the positive and life-changing impact learning can have on people.
“It has been a real honour to celebrate the hard work and dedication to learning and development from all of our Princess Royal Training Award recipients this year.”
Caring Homes was established in 1994 by registered nurse Helena Jeffery and her son Paul. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the most highly respected independent care providers in the UK, with 70 homes nationwide and remaining family-run.
For more information on Caring Homes, visit caringhomes.org