East London Apprentice Nursing Associate recognised at Chief Nurse Adult Social Care Awards

Ajeesh Thomas, a care worker from East London has been recognised for his outstanding performance and contribution to the health and safety of his care home residents.

The Chief Nurse Adult Social Care awards have been developed to reward the significant and outstanding contribution made by social care workers and nurses in England and their exceptional contribution to nursing and social care. They celebrate nurses and care workers who go above and beyond their everyday roles to provide excellent care to their patients and leadership and inspiration to their colleagues. 

This Silver Award, presented by Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, Deborah Sturdy OBE, recognises the commitment Ajeesh, a Senior Care Coordinator at Ebury Court Care Home in Romford has made to improving the well-being of the residents he cares for, in addition to training, coaching and supporting his colleagues across the home.

We’re all delighted to see Ajeesh awarded a Chief Nurse Adult Social Care Award. Since joining us in 2005, he has been dedicated to his role and our care home residents and colleagues, whilst striving to develop his skills and career. We’re so proud of him and this is thoroughly deserved.

Beverley Manzar, Registered Manager, Ebury Court Care Home

Committed to his own self-development, Ajeesh has earned a Level 3 Diploma in Palliative Care, one at Level 4 in Health and Social Care and a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. He is also one of three care workers from East London who have been enrolled as Apprentice Nursing Associates (ANA) at the University of East London.

The Apprentice Nursing Associate Innovation programme was grant funded by Skills for Care through the Workforce Development Innovation Fund and North East London Health and Care Partnership and supported by us at Care City, North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT), Barking, Havering & Redbridge Community Education Provider Networks (BHR CEPN) and the University of East London (UEL).

The programme aims to remodel the Residential Home workforce to include the qualified Nursing Associate role, utilising an ‘arms length’ supervision model and helping to integrate health and care. At the same time, it aims to create a career pathway into nursing for care staff, helping talented East London care workers to enhance both the support they provide to service users and their own careers. This is the case for Ajeesh, who until joining the programme had felt his career limited at Ebury Court, without an opportunity to learn from an on-site nurse and become proficient in clinical practice.

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