How does the programme work?
Trainees join the programme and may have some previous care experience, gained in a care or nursing home environment. They are required to undertake a 7 day classroom training to achieve the required theoretical standard. This training is supported by a 5 day period of ward-based supervised practice, followed by a 6 month period of paid and supervised work within the Trust. During this period candidates form part of the workforce numbers and are expected to function as a junior Care Support Worker.
Who pays the Care Support Worker during this time?
Candidates are paid by NHS Professionals during the supervised placement and by the Trust once they start their 6 month placement. This will be at a lower rate, reflective of their experience during this time What are the benefits for the trust?