Graduation for care home staff

Karen Downes receives her CHAP certificate from Amanda Cunningham. Picture by Keith Taylor.
Karen Downes receives her CHAP certificate from Amanda Cunningham. Picture by Keith Taylor.
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Keen carers have been picking up new skills to offer extra help at work.

Care assistants Karen Downes and Gillian Cottrell, who work at The Oaks Care Home in Blyth, have both graduated from the Care Home Assistant Practitioner (CHAP) programme.

Their new qualifications mean the pair can take on some general nursing duties, such as doing the medication rounds, leaving the nurse to deal with more complex health issues.

Amanda Cunningham, north east managing director of Four Seasons, which runs the home, said: “We take great pride in our CHAP programme and everyone who undertakes the intense 12-week course.

“By working together we can all help provide good quality care everywhere, ensuring residents get the service they deserve.

“Congratulations.”