Learning and Development

Huntercombe are real advocates of learning and development and really supportive of individuals who want to progress.  Whilst there are lots of programmes already in place, if there is something specific you would like to do, Huntercombe are always open to listening and helping where we can.

We are proud of our learning culture here at Huntercombe – we want everyone to develop their career aspirations in the way that they want.  This might be following a clinical route in whatever discipline you choose or it could be a sideways move into a role you’ve never considered before.

We want our people to really enjoy working at Huntercombe and we understand that part of this will be due to your relationship with your line manager.  We make sure our managers are equipped with the skills to be effective managers to enable you to do your job well and enjoy coming to work.

On joining Huntercombe everyone undertakes an induction programme designed to support whether this is you first time working in care or not.  If you haven’t worked in care before, you can start your career in care with a Care Certificate which we will arrange for you.

In addition to the statutory and mandatory training that you would expect, we also offer a wide range of development opportunities to help you continue to grow and develop.


'Huntercombe have given me the opportunity to develop and nurture myself.'

Mandatory training

Mandatory training modules are delivered via a mixture of classroom and online training.  As you complete your training you will record it on our online platform MyLO, which will not only enable you to keep track of what training you have completed, but also when you may need to refresh or undertake new courses.

Role and site-specific training

For those of you working in more specialist roles, we offer specific training to enable you to give the best care and support in these roles.

Our specialist training has two streams for both nursing and non-nursing roles and provides teams with the specialist knowledge they need to care for our patients and residents.

NVQs and SVQs

We have partnered with a number of providers to offer level 2 and 3 qualifications in a variety of subjects and disciplines to help you to grow and develop in your role.

These qualifications are undertaken via a mixture of written and practical exercises as well as face-to-face and distance training sessions. You will be supported by your own personal tutor who will visit you on site.

These qualifications are open to all staff once they have passed their probationary period.


We have an active apprenticeship programme supporting all colleagues whether in care or in a support function.

Huntercombe Grow Your Own Nurses

Our annual programme enables those wishing to become degree-qualified mental health nurses to do so whilst still employed by Huntercombe. Each year we aim to offer at least ten places on this programme.

If accepted onto the programme you will complete your course whilst still earning your normal salary. Huntercombe will also pay tuition fees and asks only that you continue to work 3-4 shifts a month and that you commit to returning to work for us for at least two years following your graduation.

Continued Professional Development and the Open University

We fully support individual professional development and are open to assisting you in this where possible. If there is a particular course that you think would be useful then please have those conversations with us.

For those wishing to pursue a degree or Masters whilst working , we have an annual academic funding programme that you can apply for.