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What it’s like being a CHAP mentor

Over the recent months we have seen a number of graduation ceremonies held for Care Assistants who have qualified as Care Home Assistant Practitioners (CHAPs for short).

The Care Assistants go through an intense 12 week programme, to learn a range of news skills to help the nurses in the homes.

This programme wouldn’t be as successful as it is, without the dedication and support from our nurses, who mentor the care assistants through the process.

Below Laura explains why she volunteered to be a CHAP mentor and what it’s meant for her.

Laura’s story

Laura is a Registered Nurse and has been a CHAP mentor for a number of years.

At a recent graduation ceremony, Laura watched as the three care assistants she’d mentored over the past 12 weeks, graduated to become fully fledged CHAPs.

Laura told us: “Being a mentor is a really intense but rewarding job. You have to shoe horn a lot of training into a short space of time, but to be able to reap the benefits, both as a nurse and in the home is a fantastic achievement. It’s also great for the residents, because it means, where necessary they can spend more time with the nurse. This way we get to know the residents a lot more in depth, this wouldn’t be possible is it wasn’t for the CHAPs.

“Being a mentor has also taught me a few things about myself, and enabled me to develop in ways I didn’t think it would. I’ve built up additional skills and gained more confidence which will help me throughout my career.

“I would encourage any of my nursing colleagues who aren’t already mentors, to definitely give it a go. No two days are ever the same. You get to pass on your knowledge to someone eager to learn. You’re both working towards the same goal, and that’s providing the best possible care for residents. I can’t wait to see who my next student will be.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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