Well trained, confident staff are the cornerstone of any successful organisation and to this end Care in Mind prides itself on the comprehensive training provided to staff.
All new staff receive a comprehensive week-long induction package focusing on a detailed understanding of our Model of Care. This is delivered in our dedicated training suite at head office before a staff member commences work within the service.
Following commencement of employment, each staff member receives six months of dedicated in-house, role-specific training assisting them to confidently complete their probationary period. Staff then have the opportunity to enrol with the Care in Mind Academy, which offers a range of NVQ programmes in collaboration with Plato Training, to equip our staff for their roles and helping them in their careers and personal development.
All staff at Care in Mind are trained by qualified instructors in TRUSST, the technique that underpins our approach to risk management in a crisis, approaching risk in a collaborative way and using relationship-based non-confrontational approaches to risk management. Physical intervention and restraint techniques are taught to be used in extreme circumstances, but as demonstrated in our Outcomes, we have had great success in minimising the use of ‘hands on’ risk management. This allows for more respectful and thoughtful relationships with clients and avoids re-traumatisation and consequent escalations in risk.
We support the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of all our staff and want all our staff at every level to be well equipped for their roles. Our Clinical Nurse Specialists and Registered Managers have taken the opportunity to take the Postgraduate Diploma in CAMHS from the University of Central Lancashire and some have chosen to continue their courses to Degree level. We have an annual Awards Ceremony where we can celebrate all the achievements of staff at every level of the organisation during the previous year.
We have a monthly CPD meeting for our clinical staff when members of the team present recent research or feedback from conferences and meetings that they have attended. Staff attend relevant external professional conferences and meetings to meet their own learning and development needs as well as to increase the range of skills and knowledge in the organisation.
In addition to staff training, the young people in our care are also offered training, for example in interview techniques so that they can actively assist in our recruitment processes. We also have a skill-based AQA programme whereby they can achieve unit awards in independent skills to support further education or employment in the future.
Our Induction Training
- Emergency First Aid
- Therapeutic Risk Management
- Boundary See-Saw
- Safewards for Safe Homes
- Medication Management