Care home staff aim to be top of their class

Manor Gardens care staff
Manor Gardens care staff

CARE staff at Manor Gardens Nursing Home between Uckfield and Crowborough are throwing themselves into study to gain new qualifications while they work. Sixteen staff are now studying to gain the Health and Social Care Diploma and seven more are working on their Supervisory Care Certificate, National Vocational Qualification 3.

Home co-owner Joanne Ellison is delighted with the way interest in study was taking off. She added that care staff were among more than 70 local people employed by the home. They include Registered General nurses, chefs, activity organisers, admin and ancillary staff.

Joanne said: “We wanted Medici Healthcare to achieve levels of care over and above industry standards. It’s great to hear that our staff are doing something because they want to, not because they have to. Giving them this opportunity is giving them confidence and making them realise what they can achieve.”

Manager Alison Barnes said: “This is not just about the workforce being educated. It is more about the staff having a real understanding of why they are doing something. People working in care can easily become task orientated and this is not how we see our home. The people who live here make the choices for us. Increased learning helps care staff to have a good level of understanding about how somebody is affected by, say, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or by a stroke and why mobility has been reduced or why they are in so much pain.”

Manor Gardens opened at Herons Ghyll less than two years ago. It has grown steadily and is now full, with 64 residents living there and a waiting list of people who would like to move in. Alison added: “Kindness is the most important aspect. We can’t teach people to be kind but it comes through on interview and we can build on that.”