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NEW PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION FOE CARERS LAUNCHED

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A new qualification to bridge the gap between health and social care training, The JRF Certificate in Care is launc...
A new qualification to bridge the gap between health and social care training, The JRF Certificate in Care is launched today following the successful completion of a pilot programme. Fourteen students sponsored by private, public, and voluntary sector organisations across North Yorkshire have received the JRF Certificate in Care after 30 weeks' study. The launch of this new qualification is an important contribution to the training objectives set out in the government's white paper last month.

Ken Dixon, deputy chairman of the JRF, said that: 'This qualification will greatly help care providers ensure that they have the right mix of skills within their staff to meet the demands of the 21st century - not only in terms of social care needs but also in terms of the lifestyles and aspirations of those to whom care is delivered.'

The course recognises the diversity and complexity of needs of people requiring care in a residential or nursing care setting, or in their own homes. The JRF Certificate in Care equips carers with the skills and knowledge base necessary to help people fulfil their potential for an independent, dignified quality of life.

'I learned to treat the client as a person, not an illness', commented one of the students.

The students study a series of interlinked modules which include physical sciences, social behavioural sciences, problem solving, study skills, team working and activities relating to specific care interventions. Employers are already seeing benefits. One employer commented: 'I think she gained a great deal of maturity during the course, which enhanced her practice as well as her standing as a member of staff.' Another commented: 'The course has enabled her to understand in-depth knowledge. To link practice with theory. This is benefiting her, the establishment and the client'.

JRF has recently been given a National Training Award by the Department of Education and Employment for its work on this.

Notes

1. The JRF Certificate in Care is equivalent to a level one course for a first degree and the students also have the opportunity to gain and NVQ level 4 in care. From next year the course will be available at a number of institutions around the country. Further details are available from Chrysa Apps at The Oaks, Hartrigg Oaks, Haxby Road, New Earswick, York YO32 4DS Tel: 01904 750700.

2.The JRF Certificate in Care is a Certificate of Higher Education from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside and is worth 120 CATS points at Level 1 of a degree.

3.The students receiving the JRF Certificate in Care today are:

Miss Jane Anderson, North Yorkshire CC, social services department

Mrs Sandra Cook, Manor House Nursing Home, Stamford Bridge

Mrs Beverley Emmett, Riccall House Residential Home, Riccall

Miss Alison Gill, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Miss Tracey Holmes, The Mount Nursing Home. York

Miss Cate Hollett, Wilf Ward Family Trust, York District Hospital

Mrs Elizabeth Stanley, North Yorkshire CC, social services department

Mrs Vickie Laycock, North Yorkshire CC, social services department

Mrs Sylvia Mathison, Manor House Nursing Home, Stamford Bridge

Mrs Gill Parkin, North Yorkshire CC, social services department

Mrs Maxine Rawle, Moorlands Nursing Home, Strensall

Mrs Susie Shaw, North Yorkshire CC, social services department

Mrs Angela Tate, North Yorkshire CC, social services department

Mrs Lorraine Walker, Galtres Care Home, Strensall

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