Double joy for Smartcare
The Pendine Park Teaching Care Centre run by Smartcare is celebrating a prestigious awards double.
As a result our partnership with a high school is being hailed as a blueprint for the rest of Wales.
We came out on top in two categories at the Social Care Accolades in Cardiff.
One was for our long-standing relationship with the town’s St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School and their support to the Health and Social Care GCSE course.
Another partnership with Conwy County Borough Council Council’s Social Services Provider Unit also scooped a top honour.
The Teaching Care Centre, which is part of the Pendine Park care organisation, has developed a course to help local authority staff change from providing care in residential homes to looking after people in their own homes.
Last year the partnership with St Joseph’s School helped us gain top marks from a team of Estyn inspectors.
Pupils come to the Teaching Care Centre for modules on various aspects of social care and they go on placements to two of Pendine Park’s care homes, Gwern Alyn and Hillbury, which are directly opposite the school.
The Care Council for Wales, which organises the awards, has now asked Pendine Park attend special Best Practice workshops to tell other care organisations about what they do so their methods can be used as a template.
Pendine Park proprietor Mario Kreft said: “It’s just absolutely incredible that we won two awards which are ranked as the most prestigious in Wales, recognising the very best of social care.
“I just hope that it is an inspiration to many other organisations to link with their local schools and to support them in the way that we have and I think social care will be better for it.
“Social care is one of the most challenging areas of work and being awarded this sort of accolade gives us the motivation and the confidence to aspire to do even more in the future.”