Training partnership adds up for care home

Springhill Care Home has partnered with a local college to deliver classes to staff looking to develop their career.

 

The home is working with Accrington & Rossendale College, which will deliver maths sessions to Springhill staff who want to pursue careers and develop their maths skills in general.

 

Springhill offers a range of options for employee career development, such as training to become an Assistant Practitioner, working under qualified nursing staff, but with a level of knowledge and skill beyond that of the traditional healthcare assistant or support worker.

 

Other staff may be hoping to attend university and need a maths qualification to do so. Recently the first class took place, with positive feedback from the staff involved.

 

Mike Lakins, Learning and Development co-ordinator for Springhill Care Home, said: “We take staff development very seriously, and Springhill has clear career pathways for everyone.

 

“This is another great example of Springhill Care Home developing a successful partnership with a local education provider to work together toward common purposes and to achieve results that will benefit everyone at the home.

 

“We believe this approach not only cements our place as an employer of choice in the healthcare sector, but demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest levels of care for our residents.

 

“We felt we could genuinely help our staff by offering access to maths classes which would ensure further access to training, from university courses to the assistant practitioner qualification.

 

“We’ve had great feedback from the first session and believe the link we’re establishing with the college will help to offer further opportunities for development in the future.”


 

Up close and personal with Zoolab

Our residents had a great time when Springhill Care Home was visited by Matthew the animal ranger and his friends.

 

The visit from Zoolab, a local organisation which offers animal handling experiences, saw Springhill visited by a snake, rats, millipede, cockroaches, a pregnant scorpion and a naughty frog.

 

Matthew was great with the animals, helping our residents and team enjoy the experience – even if a few of us ended up watching from behind windows when the rats emerged – talking about them all in detail.

 

We had a great time holding the animals and learning all about them – thanks to Zoolab for the visit.

 


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Singers entertain at Springhill

Popular local group the Concorde Singers visited us at Springhill Care Home for a sing-along.

Our residents always love watching the group, and singing along to some of their all-time favourite tunes. Some are firm friends with members of the choir, so it’s always nice to see them chatting and reminiscing.

Once again we’d like to thank the members for their wonderful performance, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.


 

Care home head chef serves up distinction in food safety

Springhill Care Home’s head chef, Victoria Halliwell, has clinched an award in her Level 3 qualification for Food Safety in Catering.

Victoria, who studied at Accrington and Rossendale College, recently passed the nationally recognised exam with the highest grade – distinction.

Due to Victoria’s talent and commitment to her role, she had also recently been promoted to head chef at Springhill Care Home.

Karen Fairclough, Victoria’s line manager at Springhill Care Home, said: “I have worked with Vicky for over 15 years at Springhill and have watched her flourish into a stalwart and valued member of our team.

“Vicky has worked so hard for this qualification and we are all immensely proud of her achievements.”

 


 

Congratulations Victoria from all the team at Springhill Care.


 

St Patricks Day

All at Springhill Care Home in Accrington were feeling ‘green’ on Friday when they celebrated St Patrick’s Day.

 

In true Irish style, residents got the party started when they enjoyed an upbeat performance from Poppy Holiday and her singing pet monkey, Dave. Residents thoroughly enjoyed the performance, joining in by singing and clapping along to some of their favourite Irish songs.

 

The day continued when residents used the in-house parachute to exercise and sing more songs. Dave the singing monkey requested that they sing ‘Nelly the Elephant’ which everyone found hilarious.

 

Lá sona sásta gach duine! (Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!)

 


 

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