Bluebird Care’s three Lincolnshire branches have teamed up with the University of Lincoln and the Lincolnshire Care Association to launch the Nursing Associate Programme for home care workers.
Bluebird Care Lincoln, Bluebird Care North East Lincolnshire and West Lindsey, and Bluebird Care South Lincolnshire are the first home care providers in the country to offer the apprenticeship-style placement to encourage further training and development, without staff members having to give up work or go off to university.
The Nursing Associate Programme provides the qualification between a care assistant and nurse, a strong career progression for care assistants who want to upskill.
The University of Lincoln, which has been running the programme for two years, approached Bluebird Care about the partnership when it learned that the provider offers a range of clinical services, which are usually only provided by nursing homes or hospitals.
Rachel Lear, trainee nursing associate across the Lincolnshire branches, said: “I am thoroughly enjoying the TNA course. Every day is different, it is a good mixture of delivering care to our customers and training both at university and with our Nurse Manager. There is lots to learn however everyone at Bluebird Care are so supportive, giving me a wide range of experiences, which I approach enthusiastically.”
Nursing manager Debbie Ferguson said: “I am really pleased to see another member of the team training to be able to do nursing. My job is extremely enjoyable and I see great importance in being able to provide a nursing service to people in the comfort of their own homes.
“Rachel is a wonderful student and I think it is great that Bluebird Care Lincoln, Bluebird Care North East Lincolnshire and West Lindsey and Bluebird Care South Lincolnshire and the University are giving her and other students this opportunity to gain further skills and make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Caption: Nursing manager Debbie Ferguson (left) with trainee nursing associate Rachel Lear.