Deal will help with training of Sunderland social care staff

Coun Anne Lawson (left) and Anne Isherwood.
Coun Anne Lawson (left) and Anne Isherwood.
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Health and social care staff are set for a skills boost.

Sunderland Care and Support, which provides a range of community social and health care services for vulnerable people across Wearside, has named Sunderland College as its chosen training provider.

The training ensures our workforce have the capabilities, confidence and skills needed to deliver excellent services to our communities.

Coun Anne Lawson

The firm employs more than 1,400 people and plans to recruit another 150 over the next 18 months.

Staff support 6,000 people a week and provide services such as intermediate care, telecare, community equipment, day care, short breaks and support to live in the community.

Clients include older people, children and people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.

Coun Anne Lawson, chairman of Sunderland Care and Support’s board, and Anne Isherwood, Sunderland College principal, signed a deal which will see the college will provide a comprehensive training programme to staff, including health and social care and business administration apprenticeships, English and maths qualifications, vocational and Continued Professional Development training, and IT training.

“The partnership delivers an annual programme of joint learning and development training that enables social care staff to be trained to a high standard,” said Coun Lawson.

“The training ensures our workforce have the capabilities, confidence and skills needed to deliver excellent services to our communities.”

A higher level apprenticeship programme in health and social care will be launched to meet the recommendations of the Francis report and Cavendish review, which have resulted in major changes to the way healthcare is delivered in England.

“Sunderland College and Sunderland Care and Support share the same fundamental values, and we are both committed to making a positive impact on our local communities through the high quality services we deliver,” said Anne Isherwood.

“We have had a very successful relationship for many years and by making this official, we can focus on delivering excellent training.”