Celebrating our first qualified CHAPs

The new Care Home Assistant Practitioner (CHAP) role has been developed as part of an industry-wide initiative with Care England. The role reflects the changing care needs of our residents and provides our most promising carers with the opportunity to take on more responsibility and develop their skills and careers.

Over the last few weeks there have been over 100 people working through the training course to become Care Home Assistant Practitioners and we already have a number throughout the country working their first shifts.

On 30th November, COO, Alistair How presented our first team of 12 newly qualified CHAPs from the North East with their graduation certificates.

Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director North East, said: "It was a great opportunity to be the first region to trial the training. I'm extremely proud of everyone - It's a tough course but we now have a team of qualified, motivated and skilled colleagues to support our nurses and help us to deliver special resident experiences."

Karen Shelton, Qualified CHAP at Willow Court said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed this training, I have learnt a lot of new clinical skills. I will continue to improve my experience, skills and knowledge so that I can take good care of my residents."

Kerry Wilson, Qualified CHAP at Willow Court said: "My advice to the new starters was - don't leave the work-book until the end - complete it as you go along - and ask any nurse for help because they want us to succeed too.”

Donna Wall, Deputy Manager and CHAP Mentor at Beacon Farm said: "I volunteered because I learnt a lot from my own mentor at University when I trained as a nurse. I've been qualified just two years and I want to pass on my knowledge - it makes me enjoy my job more!"

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Date published: 19 January 2018

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