Funded QCF Achievement Success and Clinical Awards

Care in Hand's capabilities to carry out clinical tasks within its communities has been further enhanced through a partnership with a top Welsh training agency. Since July 2015, CiH has been working with Educ8 in delivering QCFs in Health and Social Care across Levels 2, 3 and 5. Educ8 has now offered to fund Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support.

Said CiH managing director, Delan Umanee: "We are very keen to be able to deliver this diploma for the first time in order to further enhance our employees' knowledge and confidence to provide clinical tasks in the community.

"Having employees with these advanced skills means that Care in Hand is able to offer its service to even more clients with clinical needs, which ultimately will be of valuable assistance to the local health authority by freeing up current resources.

"Care in Hand recognises that clients' conditions in the community are becoming more complex and we want to train our staff to have the knowledge and skills to be able to assist and support.

"We are not just a normal domiciliary care agency. Our CSSIW-registered nursing agency is commissioned by health boards to provide nursing care services within our community and we pay such staff in line with the NHS Agenda for Change (AFC) agreement in Wales.

"We are owned and managed by qualified nurses, so our Philosophy of delivering care is tailored to the nursing ethos.

"Awarding the QCF Level 3 in Clinical Healthcare Support will enhance our staff career opportunities and for some, that ambition of studying a nursing degree in university will become reality."

In the short time that CiH has worked with Educ8 (, its first 20 learners achieved a 100 per cent success, with seven of them completing earlier than expected.

Said Delan: "This may seem a small amount, but in the care sector, this is very rewarding, and it has always been our goal to promote caring as a viable career option.

"One of our critical success factors is that not only are we a training provider, but we are an employer which allows our assessors to work closely with our learners and their line managers.

"This promotes good communication, learner engagement and best practice, which our clients can only benefit from.

"Thanks to Educ8, we have signed up a further 27 learners. Each one is progressing well, so I am confident that we will experience a similar success."

Grant Santos from Educ8 commented: ""Educ8 is delighted to be working with Care in Hand and supporting the delivery of apprenticeships in the Health and Social Care sector.

"Care in Hand offer their staff quality apprenticeship opportunities and are totally committed to high quality training and supporting their staff training and development needs.

"Educ8 has been working with Care in Hand for just over 12 months and have developed an excellent partnership that benefits both organisations.

"We would like to offer our congratulations to Care in Hand for achieving 100% framework completion for their apprenticeships, and look forward to continuing to work with you in the future."