Minister launches new training programme

Minister for care and support Norman Lamb MP launches a new national support programme for managers of care homes at Newfield Lodge Care Home,  Castleford.With L-R Evelyn Raw and Sylvia Garbett.

Minister for care and support Norman Lamb MP launches a new national support programme for managers of care homes at Newfield Lodge Care Home, Castleford.With L-R Evelyn Raw and Sylvia Garbett.

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Government health minister Norman Lamb MP visited a Castleford care home to launch a new training programme.

Mr Lamb went to Newfield Lodge Care Home on Brookfield Avenue last Wednesday to launch a new training programme to build practice and leadership among care home managers, designed to improve the quality of care to residents.

He toured the home and spoke to manager Jenny Wright about the new scheme.

Mr Lamb said: “This training programme will foster mentoring among managers within organisations and local areas.

“That’s key because many often feel isolated working on their own, managing large teams and caring for individuals.

“This sector like no other needs a robust pipeline of talent and it will enable today’s managers to choose from a large pool of good quality carers and mentor them as future managers.

“It will also provide a standard by which all care home managers will be measured offering peace of mind to residents, their families and providers.”

The new training programme will be provided by the National Skills Academy. Debbie Sorkin, its chief executive, said: “The programmeis long overdue and will provide much needed support for those leading in the home sector.

“That is is being delivered by the National Skills Academy underlines the government’s commitment to it.”