The Teaching Care Home, above all else, aimed to champion, empower and inspire the sector and create a legacy of learning for future care homes and nursing in the sector.

The pilot is a Department of Health funded programme of work, led by Care England (the leading representative body for independent care services in England). It was conceived after the Care Sector Nursing Taskforce called for a programme of work to respond to some of the most prescient challenges facing the sector. Namely, to empower and embolden the workforce in care home nursing, with a desire to harness and promote care, knowledge and skills development.

The pilot set out to change and challenge prevailing perceptions: recognising that the key to sustainability in the sector is through workforce training and development and through this delivering improved health and care outcomes for residents. It aimed to ensure that people who are training to be the next generation of health and social care professionals, could learn from the experience of the care home sector, and would be better equipped to manage the health complexities and social care needs of an ageing population.

Thanks to the commitment, professionalism, and passion of the people working in care homes that were part of this pilot, we have seen the benefits of the care home as a centre of training and practice development.  Included below are the people without whom this entire pilot and associated reports would not have been possible:

  • Prof Deborah Sturdy OBE
  • Prof Martin Green OBE
  • Dr Theresa Shaw (Foundation of Nursing Studies)
  • Kate Sanders (Foundation of Nursing Studies)
  • Dr Kirsten Jack (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Prof Josie Tetley (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Prof Alison Chambers (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Sally-Marie Bamford (International Longevity Centre, UK)
  • George Holley-Moore (International Longevity Centre, UK)
  • Chester Court: Pam Towers, Maureen Atkinson and Janet Percy
  • Berwick Grange: Siva Krish, Rachel Oliver and Jaydee Blackett
  • Millbrook Lodge: Robin Willmott, Kirsty Hatward and Diana Otero
  • Rose Court: Karen Davies, Minu Mathew and Terry Elms
  • Lady Sarah Cohen House: Mary Rabbitte, Albert Cayabyab and Jessica Nyirarvdodo

Please click on the link below to read the summary booklets:

Booklet One: The pioneering pilot: The vision

Booklet Two: ‘We dare to care’: Care homes and nursing at the frontline of our response to ageing

Booklet Three: Hidden and unheard voices from the care home

Booklet Four: A teaching care home: Impactful, inspiring and informing

(All of the above booklets have been produced by ILC-UK, the leading think tank on ageing and demographic change)

Please click on the link below to read additional reports from the pilot:

*Full Foreword by Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive Care England, DH: Independent Sector Dementia Champion

Report One: An introduction to the ‘Teaching Care Home’ pilot

Report Two: Full scoping review from Manchester Metropolitan University

Report Three: The voices of those who participated in the pilot

Report Four: Additional outputs from the pilot: tweet chats, vision statement and education and development framework

Report Five: Summary impact of ‘Teaching Care Home’ pilot