A quick look into the work that we do here at Strode Park Foundation and it’s pretty clear for all to see that we value people. After all, our whole ethos is based around our belief that everyone, regardless of disability, should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and live life the way they choose.
The services that we provide are varied and bespoke to the individual’s personal needs and we are all very aware of that fact that the more support and care that we can provide, the more our service users are able to get out of both their experiences with us and their lives. We are currently supporting around 300 people a week, all with varying levels of disabilities and many with complex health needs.
One of the reasons the Foundation is able to support so many people however is down to the investment in the other people that we deal with – our staff.
At Strode Park we are committed to the learning and development of all of our staff, no matter what their job role is, and we offer staff some fantastic training opportunities.
A journey at Strode Park is started with a classroom based induction week where our friendly and knowledgeable training team supports new team members through an important mandatory training programme. This ensures that staff are well equipped with the right tools and skills to carry out their role to the high standards we require. During the induction week, those working in Care roles will also be given Skills for Care’s Care Certificate to complete.
Following the induction week, role specific training is provided throughout employment and full refresher training is provided on a yearly basis to ensure that staff remain at a very high standard.
For Care Staff, we want to develop their career in the Health and Social Care sector and develop during their time with us so we offer various opportunities including the Diploma Level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care and Diploma Level 5 in Management.
Notably too we deliver NAPPI (Non Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention) training, which is a Positive Behaviour Support approach to working with individuals who at times may present behaviours that challenge.
Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s some feedback from current staff:
“I have gained so many qualifications though the endless opportunities I have been given at Strode…I have completed 3 diplomas which has enabled me to be where I am today amongst all the other phenomenal training I have received over the years”
“I have worked in lots of places and nowhere is a patch on the training here…it is on-going and not just at the start”
“The internal trainers are wonderful and their stories make even the topics interesting”
We are proud to be an approved training centre with Trainer Courses Ltd and our training team are members of the Association of Healthcare Trainers (AoHT).
We use the hashtag #TeamStrodePark whenever we speak about our staff and volunteers.
That really does sum it up perfectly.
(Written by Christina Jones, Fundraiser at Strode Park Foundation)