Bupa’s activity co-ordinators plan for NVQ success

Bupa’s activity co-ordinators plan for NVQ success

Activity co-ordinators are now in the running for official recognition thanks to the launch of the first national level qualification by Bupa.

The new qualification/programme, which will see activities co-ordinators being trained to the equivalent of the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Level Two, has been specially developed by Bupa’s care homes in association with NAPA the National Association of Providers of Activities for Older People.

It highlights the important role played by activities co-ordinators in creating a sense of community in care homes and keeping residents happy, active and stimulated. A key part of the training programme is to ensure that activities are tailored to the individual needs and preferences of each resident.

Tim Brooke, head of hotel services for Bupa Care Services said: “The course aims to ensure that we continue to offer a diverse range of activities tailored to meet our individual residents’ needs, whilst also building on our activity co-ordinators’ existing knowledge.

“The feedback we have received from activity co-ordinators who have completed the course already is extremely positive. Our aim is that 95% of co-ordinators will have reached the standard by the end of summer.”

Whenever a new resident enters a care home, an activity co-ordinator will meet them to understand their hobbies and interests, along with religious, cultural and food preferences. The co-ordinator will then develop activities to engage every resident at an individual level, while also running more structured, spontaneous and special events.

Joanne Angell-Sedgwick joined the Bupa Brookview Nursing and Residential Centre in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, as an activities co-ordinator. Previously, Joanne spent 20 years as a manager with a national supermarket chain before moving on because she missed the contact with people which had made her work more enjoyable.

Joanne, who has just completed the new NVQ Level 2 equivalent course said: ‘The new training has been a great idea and brilliant fun. It has really given me some new ideas which the residents and I have thoroughly enjoyed putting into practice.

‘One of the most beneficial parts of the training was encouragement to talk more with a resident’s family and friends to discover as much as possible about their lives before joining us. This insight has proved invaluable in putting together individual activity plans for residents, so they can get the very best out of the home and the life experiences of other residents.’

The new training includes planning, budget management, developing and testing, communication, reporting and evaluation skills. The programme also requires that links are developed with the local community including churches, schools and local charities.

The distance learning course is externally verified by NAPA (National Association of Providers of Activities for Older People).

Sylvie Silver, strategic director, NAPA says: “I am pleased that Bupa recognises the importance of activities in care homes and the vital role that activities co-ordinators play in creating a better quality of life for residents. We at NAPA were delighted to have the opportunity to help create this qualification and I hope that other providers follow Bupa’s lead.”

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