Butterfly, the Wiltshire-based care company run by the Pelling family, is at the forefront of meeting new care national standards for their staff.
In April this year, the new Care Act comes into force changing the way local authorities and care companies deliver support to people in their communities.
The Act demands that everyone considers a person’s well-being above any other consideration with the aim of keeping people in their own homes, living well, for as long as possible.
Keeping abreast of the changes for Butterfly, which has its Wiltshire office in Westbury, is new training and human resources manager Michele Bodman. She supports over 50 professional carers working across the county and in the city of Bath.
She said: “The changes coming into effect are very welcome – we already put a person’s well-being at the centre of their care plan.
“For our carers, we’re now implementing an even more rigorous training programme over a 12 week period which will include a three-day induction course, practical training and several observations of the care they are providing when they are guests in a client’s home.”
Butterfly, set up eight years ago in Bath and expanded into Wiltshire in 2013, already has a reputation for best practice in home care. Staff are given training and are paid for their time to undertake that training.
Michele said: “I’ve worked in social care for most of my career and it’s a profession I love and am passionate about. I know what good care is – so raising our game to meet these new training standards is, for us, a natural progression.”
Previously, carers had to be trained to meet the Common Induction Standards. However, following the publication of the Francis Report in February 2013, the new Care Act came about. Sir Robert Francis QC had led an investigation into the suffering of patients and serious failures at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Hospital and he made 290 recommendations for improvement in provision of care across the board.
Under the Care Act, new responsibilities will also be placed upon councils for so-called ‘market-shaping’ where they must support and help create a ‘diverse range of high-quality and appropriate services’ offering value for money. They will not be allowed to threaten the sustainability of the private care sector by, for example, setting fee levels below an amount which is not sustainable in the long term.
For information about the Care Act visit – http://bit.ly/1CC4u3z
Butterfly can be found at: www.butterflyhomehelp.com
Pictured above: Michele Bodman of Butterfly Care