The assistant practitioner is responsible for providing a high standard of nursing care within their scope of practice, as delegated by the nurse on duty, which encompasses resident choice and makes best use of valuable resources. In the absence of the nurse, the assistant practitioner will manage the unit, ensuring clinical support, leadership and governance is gained from registered professionals within the home.
Carey joined the organisation in 2016 as a care assistant. This was her first role within the industry, having left the Civil Service after 20 years to care for her mother who had suffered a stroke.
Although her mother later moved to a nursing home, Carey really enjoyed looking after her and working with the home carers, and so decided that a move into health and social care would be a new and fulfilling challenge.
She rapidly achieved promotion, completing her NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care, and then moved to a new Level 5 role – Assistant Practitioner. This meant she faced a very comprehensive and testing two-year training programme, which she has now completed.
Day to day, Carey oversees a team of care assistants and is responsible for the general delivery of care. She liaises with medical and non-medical external partners regarding resident referrals and attends meetings to advocate on their behalf. Carey has also completed assessments for potential new residents.
“Working here has opened up a whole new career and a passion for dementia care, and I’ve started a part-time Masters degree in Dementia,” she says. “The driver within the home is to give the best care to residents and, to that end, fully equip staff. I am involved with training the trainer and am also working towards delivering a culture of change that will promote a cohesive and enhanced living experience for residents and their families throughout the home.”