Training and Development

Huntercombe are real advocates of training 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.   With 22 services across Scotland and England we’re large enough to offer you fantastic career progression opportunities but also small enough to adapt quickly to changing patient and resident needs.

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 both a corporate induction and a role or site-specific induction.

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.

Everybody at Huntercombe undertakes both a corporate induction and role and/or site-specific induction.

Huntercombe Training Academy

Huntercombe Training Academy

The Training Academy supports all central training and development initiatives from induction right through to Masters degrees, CPD and anything in between.

We actively promote a culture of learning and improvement to every single person across the business and can support you with time away from work to study as well as funding.

Mandatory training

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

Role and site-specific training

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

Our specialist CAMHs training has two streams for both nursing and non-nursing roles and equips teams with the specialist knowledge needed to work well with young people.

In addition to a corporate induction, you will also undertake a site-specific induction at the service where you will work.

Invest–in-yourself training

Invest–in-yourself training

Is a series of over 100 learning modules that staff are encouraged to access via MyLO. Courses range from time management to soft skills as well as specific training on topics from epilepsy to autism.

NVQs and SVQs

NVQs and SVQs

We have partnered with Lifetime Training (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.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Once you’ve joined another option available to you is an apprenticeship that you would discuss with your line manager to find out more.  We offer a range of subjects linked to job roles.  We offer Apprenticeships through Lifetime.

Health

Healthcare Support Worker (Level 2)

Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Level 3)

Assistant Practitioner (Level 5)


Care

Adult Care Worker (Level 2)

Lead Adult Care Worker (Level 3)


Management and Business

Customer Service Practitioner (Level 2)

Business Administrator (Level 3)

Team Leader Supervisor (Level 3)

Ops/Departmental Manager (Level 5)

Healthcare Support Services (Level 2 and 3)

Care Leadership and Management (Level 5)


Early Years

Children and Young People’s Workforce (Level 2 and 3)

 

Management and Business

Business Administration (Level 2)

Customer Service (Level 3)

Team Leader (Level 2)

Huntercombe Grow Your Own Nurses

Huntercombe Grow Your Own Nurses

This heavily-subscribed 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 attend a university of your choice 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.

More information about Grow Your Own Nurses.

Huntercombe Nurse Leadership Programme

Huntercombe Nurse Leadership Programme

The Huntercombe Nurse Leadership Programme is supported by the Royal College of Nursing and is open to anyone working as a nurse who wishes to further their development. The programme extends learning about leadership characteristics and styles and their application in clinical environments.

To date, 42 Huntercombe nurses have undertaken this intensive programme.

This 6-month programme involves: a 4-day residential course, 6 days of action learning sets and a practice-based project.

ICoach Academy

ICoach Academy

This programme is open to all team leaders or those in supervisory roles. It is aimed at staff that are responsible for other members of staff and teaches tools to enable them to communicate and lead in a positive way.

Each group has a maximum of 20 participants from our nursing, associate health practitioner, therapy and medical job families. Running over a period of approximately 5 months the programme has one action learning set every 4 weeks along with 4 individual coaching sessions during the programme.

Continued Professional Development and the Open University

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 partnered with the Open University to facilitate this.