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New initiative will improve outcomes for care users

08 January 2024

A new initiative aimed at nurturing and developing social care skills in Peterborough is being launched, focussed on improving outcomes for service users. 

Peterborough Care Professional Academy (CPA) is a new approach launched by Peterborough City Council to support learning and to develop talent within our social care workforce and to assist with challenges around recruiting staff in the care sector.

The Academy aims to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable in our city in need of care through incentivised training being offered for all care professionals including registered managers, senior care workers, care workers and Personal Assistants.

Care professionals can use the Academy for free to log training certificates and qualifications, and gain access to exclusive rewards and discounts. Employers can also utilise the platform to track and monitor staff training and development and incentivise their staff to engage with further training.

A special event will be held at Peterborough Town Hall to mark the launch of the Peterborough Care Professional Academy. Taking place on January 10 2024, from 9.30am - 3pm, it will bring together commissioners, workforce development experts and the creators of the Care Professional Academy, Hertfordshire Care Providers Association.

Councillor Saqib Farooq, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “We are fully committed to improving outcomes for all people in Peterborough who are in need of care. By launching the academy we are making sure that our Care professionals, Social Workers and reablement teams are well equipped to do their jobs to the very highest standards based on best practice.

“We are currently reaching out to all care providers to get as many involved with the academy as possible and I would urge anyone interested to do so. This exciting initiative will be of huge benefit to care providers, the local authority and most importantly, the service users themselves.”

The launch of the care academy comes at a time when councils across the country are facing a shortage of care professionals. It will also drive forward a culture change where everyone is valued and experiences kindness and compassion. The focus is on growing people and supporting colleagues to create a more stable workforce.

The training model will include fundamental knowledge and skills through to tailored courses and programmes, giving participants the chance to specialise in a team they feel best supports their career choices.