Shaw are delighted to announce that they have been recognised with an award for support shown to employees with their learning and development

Kieren Logan-Gallenn, Head of Learning and Development, Martin Vanhinsbergh, Regional Director for Shaw healthcare were presented with the ‘Principal’s Special Recognition Award’ for their outstanding support given to learners during these difficult times.

Due to ongoing restrictions, the award was presented virtually via video call by Mike Gaston, Principal and CEO of HSDC (Havant and South Down College), who provide the apprenticeship programme for Shaw’s services in West Sussex and the South Coast.

Kieran said, “Our colleagues are having to work longer and harder than ever before to meet the needs of the people we support in our services.  This award is testament to the hard work our service managers face in these particularly challenging times and I would like to congratulate our colleagues who have persevered through their learning and development and to everyone supporting them through their learning.”

Shaw healthcare works in partnership with Apprenticeship providers to ensure all colleagues can be developed into their role, whatever their role in the organisation.  The qualification lasts around 12 to 18 months and requires full support from the Service Manager and their team to ensure learners are supported through mentorship and are given opportunities to learn and reflect on their practice. 

Shaw currently have 33 colleagues across the West Sussex region completing their Level 2, 3, 4 and 5 Apprenticeship Qualifications.

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Dear Relatives,

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support of all our care homes and hard-working staff throughout the past year. It has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone, and we recognise the impact that the pandemic has had on all those connected to our homes and within our local communities. We are now hopefully seeing a way back to normal and look forward to opening our doors fully in the coming months.

However, following the recent announcement by the government, we are pleased to advise that from Monday 12th April 2021 our care homes in England will be able to allow visits from 2 named visitors(subject to a negative Lateral Flow Test and PPE being worn). We will also be extending visiting into the weekends as long as it is booked in advance. Your care home will discuss with you the guidelines we need to follow for you to become a named visitor.

Furthermore, we are also delighted to announce that for the first-time visits can include a child or baby. Children under the age of 2 will not count towards the 2 named visitor quota. Clearly, visits involving children will need to be carefully managed and in agreement with the home manager. As per the guidance those over the age of 11 will need to wear PPE and be tested (with parental consent).

Another development in the new approach to visiting is the nomination of an ‘essential care giver’. The essential care giver role is intended as a way of supporting the relatively small proportion of our residents who need some element of care and support that could only ever be provided by someone with a unique personal relationship with the resident, perhaps formed over many years. It is likely that this person will already be part of the ongoing care plan for the resident. All this will be at the discretion of the manager and the care giver will be subject to the rigorous testing regime currently undertaken by our own staff. Please speak with your Home Manager for further details.

In summary from 12th April 2021 the new government guidelines for care home visits allow for;

1. 2 named visitors (see the guidance for help on how you could become a named visitor and what restrictions apply)

2. Children can also visit with those under the age of 2 not counted as part of the 2 named visitor quota (see the guidance for help and what restrictions apply)

3. A person can apply for essential carer status but this will need to assessed and agreed by the Home Manager and is subject to rigorous testing.

The Government guidance on care home visiting in England can be found HERE.
The Government guidance on care home visiting in Wales can be found HERE.