Dorset’s care sector leaders embrace Care Innovation Partnership to promote careers in Health and Social Care

The College recently opened its new Care Innovation Centre

The Bournemouth & Poole College sets agenda for new way forward in training and careers as Care Act is rolled out.

More than 50 Employers from the growing care sector in south Dorset, many of them managers and care experts, attended a Health and Social Care seminar at The Bournemouth & Poole College’s STEM centre.

Hottest topic on the agenda was a forensic assessment of the Government’s new Care Certificate, and the implementation of the new Care Act which came into law last year.

The day long event was also a chance for the college’s excellent team of teaching professionals to launch their innovative Care Innovation Partnership. This is an employer forum advisory board that aims to build links between employers and teachers, enabling them to better promote apprenticeships. 

Expert guest speakers included Nuno Alemdia, of Nourish Care, and Kate Blake, of Partners in Care, who talked about funding issues.

Councillour Elaine Atkinson, Leader of Borough of Poole Council, gave her passionate views on what needs to be done to make the care sector a more attractive career option to young people.

Said Louise Garner, Head of Curriculum for Care and Education: “It was a very rewarding experience and we received excellent feedback. Most encouraging of all was the significant sign-up rate to our Care Innovation Partnership. It's positive step forward on a challenging road."