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Care homes can be vibrant and exciting places to work

They used to be seen as a career cul de sac by many nurses, but nowadays care homes offer opportunities for personal and professional development

As head of care and clinical services for 114 care homes across the UK from Edinburgh to Portsmouth, I see nursing in this sector as a rewarding career pathway with plenty of opportunities for progression and training.

One in six of the UK population is aged 65 and over; by 2050 that figure will have increased to one in four. And it is predicted that by 2035 the UK will have 111,000 centenarians, compared to just over 2,500 in 2010.

With this in mind, care home providers such as my employer, Care UK, need to create excellent sustainable services, and to do this they need talented, committed nurses.

Care UK plans to open 13 new homes over the next two years to address this growing demand, so recruiting and retaining the right calibre of nurses is vital.

Many nurses welcome the chance to develop

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