The learning agreement, which was signed by both parties this week, provides a framework for the RCN and Caring Homes Group to work together to provide ongoing training and development for RCN members and other staff working through Caring Homes Group.
The national agreement, which is the second of its kind for the RCN, also outlines the crucial role RCN learning representatives (reps) play in promoting learning and development. It will support the creation of new learning reps roles in Caring Homes’ services across the UK. So far, 14 learning reps have been recruited.
RCN National Officer Irene Murray said: “This agreement gives us the chance to support our members in the social care sector and make sure we have a base of reps in place. It means our learning reps know what to expect and it formalises that relationship so they can work in partnership with their employer, sitting on relevant groups or committees.
“The RCN has a huge amount to offer as a professional body and our learning reps have access to a wealth of resources to help support training and development in their workplace, which in turn has a positive impact on patient care.”
Nurse Jandryle Trondillo, who works for Caring Homes and is currently undertaking training to become an RCN learning rep, said: “I’m passionate about learning and I’m already involved in supporting my colleagues with training. This is a great opportunity to build on that and give better support by incorporating what the RCN has to offer.”
Caring Homes Group is made up of Caring Homes, one of the largest private care home providers 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.
Tracey Humphreys, Clinical Training Manager at Caring Homes Group, said: “A learning agreement helps signpost people to the right training and helps colleagues with any further training and development. It’s a further example of Caring Homes Group’s commitment to the learning and development of our people, and it shows our residents that we care.”
Liz Willis, Director of Learning and Organisational Development at Caring Homes Group, said: “It’s a stamp of quality not just for our nurses and health care 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.”