Care workers in Kirklees have celebating after their company was named winner of a top training award for its innovative e-learning scheme for care workers.
Bluebird Care Kirklees, which provides care at home, has won the Skillsoft Inspire Award for its new e-learning training programme, which trains staff in a variety of areas, including the company’s dementia, infection control and customer care policies which go above and beyond the regulatory standards and requirements.
The new training programme has been used in Kirklees since October, 2013.
The award, for Best Compliance Initiative, comes as a result of Bluebird Care’s continued investment in training and support for its staff, including implementing a new e-learning system. Staff are trained for a minimum of 12 weeks at the start of their Bluebird Care career and supervised on a monthly basis to provide ongoing support throughout their careers. There is also specialist training, including creating Dementia Champions.
Care in the home is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with Bluebird Care operating almost 200 offices across the UK and delivering 20,000 visits to customers each day.
Graham Lewis, owner of Bluebird Care Kirklees, said: “Providing the best support and training to our staff is at the heart of everything we do at Bluebird Care and we’re thrilled to have been recognised for this with a Skillsoft Inspire Award.
“Our staff deliver the highest possible standards of care and service for our customers and we’re proud of the results they achieve.
“Training for our staff goes on throughout their careers, so they’re always up to date with the best possible practices.
“Our award-winning, flexible approach including e-learning plays a key part in delivering the best service to our customers.”
Skillsoft UK director of compliance Mike Newton said: “We are delighted for Bluebird Care.
“They have committed to compliance e-learning and the award is thoroughly deserved.
£This award category was strongly contested and the award judges were impressed with both Bluebird Care’s achievements to date and plans for the future.”