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Winton House Nursing Home

Key Benefits

  • The Apprenticeship covers mandatory training for the sector
  • New entrants do not have to have a background in Health Care
  • Training delivered at a pace to suit the learner

Background

Winton House Nursing Home is situated in the Hampshire village of Nether Wallop. It is set in 20 acres of formal gardens and parkland, through which the Wallop Brook flows.

There are 25 apartments within the Nursing Home in addition to a specialist Dementia Care wing, catering for those suffering from more severe disabilities including Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Winton House has over 40 qualified full and part time staff, including two Health Care Assistants who are undertaking Apprenticeships with PDM Training & Consultancy.

Outcome

Deputy Manager Marifi Aratuc said, "The Apprenticeship programme is a good way to ensure that new staff gain the breadth of knowledge required for working in the Healthcare sector. The training is structured in a way that new entrants do not have to have a background in Health Care, or previous qualifications."

Apprentice Health Care Assistant Stacey Munday came from a farming background, but when she couldn’t 20120313035253-Stacey-Munday-webpic1.jpgfind any work in farming, she tried Care work. She had always had an interest in Care as there is a family tradition of working in the sector. Her mother and sister currently work in nursing homes, and her grandmother worked in Care for 30 years before retiring.

Stacey started on a Health and Social Care Apprenticeship because she wanted to learn about what she is doing in greater depth. She is particularly interested in Dementia, and one of the units included in the Apprenticeship goes into this area in detail.

Stacey says, “I wanted to know what was involved, and PDM staff explained that there was much more to it than the Diploma qualification. There is a lot more to it than people realise, I am learning about legal rights in our working environment, and the working relationship between colleagues. It makes you look at things in a different perspective.

The Apprenticeship is also a good opportunity to gain a lot more information about what you’re entering into, for example Health & Safety and Infection Control.

PDM have been very approachable, I don’t have to hesitate if I want to ask anything, and if I have any questions I can always ring them.”

Adrian Hart is the PDM Heath and Social Care Assessor overseeing the programme of study for both apprentices at Winton House. He says “Both learners are progressing well, we aim to go at a pace that suits the individual learner with on and off-the-job training. An Apprenticeship will consist of a range of qualifications including the Diploma that it mandatory in this sector”


I enjoy my job, I couldn’t be working in a better home, and I’m getting all the training I need to be good at my job.

Stacey Munday, Health Care Assistant, Winton House Nursing Home.*