Ensuring all Affinity Trust staff feel confident that they have the right skills for their roles is an essential part of providing a high-quality service to the people we support.
It is also important that staff have the opportunity to develop and grow during their time with us.
As an accredited Investor in People, Affinity Trust ensures a fair, equitable and consistent approach to learning and development for all its staff.
Our learning and development offer includes bespoke classroom-based courses, hands-on workshops, coaching, distance learning, self-study and an interactive e-learning package. It can also include formal health and social care qualifications such as the Regulated Qualifications Framework and Scottish Vocational Qualification.
We provide a comprehensive Care Certificate induction programme for all support staff, including an in-service induction suitable for everyone’s job role and place of work.
As well as receiving sector-standard mandatory training, our staff can look forward to developing their skills in many specialist areas, including:
Autism (SPELL framework)
Makaton or British Sign Language
“Training is brilliant; we are always kept up to date” – staff member, quoted in a 2017 Care Quality Commission report
If you are starting your career here as a manager or team leader, or if you are an aspiring leader, then you can further enhance your skills through our internal leadership programme ‘LEAD: Lead, Engage, Aspire and Develop’. Modules include:
Positive Behaviour Support
Positive Safeguarding Cultures
Positive Management Skills
Across the 2016/2017 financial year we collated training feedback (we had nearly 9,000 scores), and were delighted to see that the average rating overall was ‘Excellent’.
“I recently requested training on autism and positive behaviour support and this was provided. As a result this has changed my approach. I observe body language more and understand the importance of routine in a person’s life” – staff member, quoted in a 2017 Care Quality Commission report
It is the drive and dedication of our staff – backed up by our comprehensive learning and development programme – which ensures we remain focused on providing good outcomes for the people we support.