New Staff off to a Flying Start

22nd Jul 2014

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New starters are seen here at Heathcotes Learning Zone during their Induction bloc, together with Learning & Development Officers, Nilly Blagg and Chev Douglas.


All newly employed direct support staff at Heathcotes undergo a one week intensive training week at Heathcotes Learning Zone - a purpose built learning suite in Chesterfield - which is the beginning of a 12 week phased induction.  The induction 'bloc' is designed to give new staff a basic grounding in health and social care skills, consisting of a three day Common Induction Standards module, followed by two days NAPPI (Non Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention) training.  After this, new staff are introduced to the service where they will be working, where they will gradually acquire the new skills they require for this challenging role.  During the induction bloc, each new starter is given a knowledge folder to help them to record their newly acquired skills, keep a diary of their achievements and which then goes on to form the basis of an accredited vocational qualification.


The majority of staff on this induction bloc will shortly work at our new service Heathcotes Norton House in Sheffield.  As part of the recruitment process, Heathcotes worked in partnership with Chesterfield College to design and deliver a pre-employment skills workshop for potential support workers, some of whom attended this week's training.  One said, "I was so impressed with the training setup.  It was completely professional, but also great fun.'


The learning team were also positive about the new recruits, Nilly said, "They all had the right attitude, and I was pleased to see many of the values that are so important in our work already there.  We look forward to hearing how the new team settle in".


If you would like to discuss our new Sheffield service, Heathcotes Norton House, or make a referral please contact Kathie Paltridge on 01246 556453 or email

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