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Making care homes great places to work and learn

After a successful pilot stage, the Teaching Care Home programme is recruiting more homes to challenge perceptions of the sector, develops its workforce and boost recruitment.

After a successful pilot stage, the Teaching Care Home programme is recruiting more homes to challenge negative perceptions of the sector, develop its workforce and boost recruitment

Kate Sanders is the first to admit the perceived image of care homes is not always of vibrant learning environments at the forefront of developing best practice. ‘Care home nursing is sometimes not seen as a career choice, but somewhere nurses work because it's closer to home or has flexible hours,’ says Ms Sanders, practice development facilitator at the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS).

To combat this, FoNS joined Care England, Manchester Metropolitan University and the International Longevity Centre in a Department of Health-funded project to champion the sector and empower its workforce. Working with five care homes run by prominent organisations across England, the Teaching


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