Here you will see all the professional bodies we are affiliated with. We carefully select the companies we chose to work with to raise the standard of care. 

We speak to each company directly and discuss our vision and outcomes to ensure we are working together towards the same goal. We approach and welcome approaches by external companies to openly share thoughts and visions to ensure we are not being duplicated. 

We at Nightingales Army want to work alongside professional bodies who support the health and social care system, utilizing the current accessible training, tools, knowledge, advice and skills available. Promoting them for their contribution to the system, their job role available and raising awareness of the services they provide and bringing the correct ones together under one roof, each one supporting the next. 

Cath Dixon, CIPD

"Let me unpick your people problems and unlock the value in your people" The HR Consultancy that is all about the values Specialising in the Care, Charity and Housing sectors, my services focus on building a relationship with you and your staff; functioning as your trusted external Human Resources Manager who understands your organisation and your people, supporting your leadership team to unlock the value in their people.

Nightingales Army – We are honored to have Cath From Value in People join us on our journey. Having a HR consultant on board who shares our values and goals is paramount to building a professional army that is united in their aims and outcomes, through positive encouragement, staff engagement and a style of approach from management that gains positive staff responses we can ensure the cycle of poor practice and poor leadership is broken. This poor practice cycle is proven to contribute to a continuous high turnover of staff, along with statements from staff members, research and surveys carried out. To “Actively Raise The Standard Of Care” this cycle must be broken If you care for your staff in the same way you promote your companies you can join us in making this change today for the well-being of your staff who deliver the care, again you promote. 

We met Zoe through networking. We were introduced during the WSCC Community and Managers Forum – November 2020. We loved Zoe’s vision straight away, she has the same ideas and passion as us, we couldn’t wait to help share the My Care Matters tools and advice service. 

Zoe has provided us with an introduction video for your viewing – Thank you Zoe.

We promote the use of my care matters flip charts. These charts are beneficial to care providers and their team because they provide a clear, brief understanding of the individual in the care setting, they can be a line of support for agency staff who are unable to access care plans. They can give information that would be otherwise unknown, which can be used as a conversation starter, that can benefit both service users and staff well-being.

We promote the use of my care matters online tool. where you can create or retrieve a profile.

As a member of the public you can prepare a profile of your non-medical information so that if you need care in hospital, care home or at home, staff are aware of your needs and preferences.
As a care provider you can prepare profiles for your residents / clients to ensure their needs and preferences are available to all staff, and easily share information if they need a stay in hospital.
As a POA you can access a  patient’s profile on the my care matters page. Click on the link below.

Embed Mycarematters into the day-to-day life of your wards to help staff deliver truly person-centred care.

We promote the use of the my future care handbook. By providing clear and concise information with practical tasks, action lists and forms to complete, the Handbook offers a gentle and unthreatening way to start a really important conversation. After all, despite some people’s belief to the contrary, talking about it really doesn’t make it more likely to happen! 

At the very beginning of our journey we were fortunate enough to link with Adam of ‘The Unappreciated Carer’ Adam provides pod casts and free impartial advice to care workers, he has previous experience working in care and understands what we are trying to achieve through our journey. Together we started a series of podcasts and invited other affiliates to join us to speak about health care matters and solutions. Adam regularly updates his own videos on his website and YouTube. 

Adams website states – “There are thousands of positive care stories. They happen every single day, but only the few negative ones will be told.” 

“We are an outlet for the great care stories. To show the real value care workers bring to the lives of the people we care for.”

Nightingales Army – We feel it is extremely important to share the positive stories within health care and we promote Adams initiative and invite you to his website to view his work. Here you will find podcasts, YouTube videos and more.

We also thank Adam for giving us the chance to make a series of video with him, we invite you to watch them on The unappreciated carer site.

DSD Web is “the UK’s premier resource for free study guides in the health and social care sector.” DSD’s aim is to assist those doing a qualification to have access to knowledge, skills and understanding of the care workforce. As care assistants who have undertaken NVQ’s within the work place we have personally used this site for research and answers to questions. It is easy to navigate and clearly laid out to assist you in your answer search.

DSDWEB states – “DSDWEB is built on the ethos that high-quality information about best practice in the care sector should be freely available and not hidden behind paywalls or expensive textbooks that many carers on close to minimum wage can ill-afford. All too often, information related to health and social care can be obfuscated or ambiguous making it difficult to locate, understand and comprehend. We strive to provide accurate information presented in a way that easy to digest so that care staff can provide the best possible support to their clients.

Nightingales Army – We intend to utilize DSD’s potential by guiding all Nightingales undertaking our training to the site to use the knowledge available. This is one of our first steps in uniting the correct companies under one roof to provide standardized accessible knowledge. As care assistants who have used DSD to complete units on NVQ and research for own self reflection or personal development we can verify DSD web is factual clear and follows the curriculum laid out by the education board. 

We met Paul, the founder of NACAS though networking in 2020, due to the restrictions of Coivd we had to do introductions via Zoom. We are very pleased to unite and to have the opportunity to share his company with you, so you can to utilize this service, it’s benefits and rewards. As a carer or health care professional NACAS can give you further guidance and advice on: employment and immigration legal advice, online training and professional development, mental health, well-being and much more.

NACAS benefits: including their different membership options. At nightingales Army we feel the different options and benefits offered through NACAS can support a wide range of carers in different areas and with different annual rates suitable for all. Have a look at NACAS Membership page here.

We have been given permission to share NACAS survey results with you and wish to thank Paul and his team for their hard work and commitment to raising awareness and promoting great care service. 

Between 30th July and August 7th, 2020, the National Association of Care & Support Workers conducted a short survey entitled Professionalism & Parity in Social Care. The principal aim of the survey was to gauge the level of understanding among care workers of what being a professional meant to them. It also asked questions around training and what they felt was meant about parity with our healthcare colleagues.”

Click here to see: NACAS – Survey Results Summary

“NACAS is a membership organisation and professional body run by and for care and support workers.

Our philosophy is that care workers deserve to be respected, supported and recognized for the amazing work they do, and that no care worker should ever feel alone.  

At NACAS we are proud that we have a reputation for providing  professional services, personal development opportunities and support for our members and elevating care working as a highly skilled profession.” – NACAS what we do.

Following in the footsteps of giants.

The road to professionalising Care Workers.

Paul Featherstone

Founder- National Association of Care & Support Workers

It is often perceived that care working is carried out by those who cannot get a “proper” job, by those who are too old, too stupid, as they either dropped out of education or did not get a raft of A+ exam results, unable to do anything else, that it is easy to get a job in care, that anyone can do it, single mums become care workers because it’s the only thing on offer.

Those of us who do the job, will know that the reality of just how difficult being a care worker is.

However, the modern-day perception of care working is nothing new.

Until the mid-nineteenth century nursing was not an activity which was thought to demand either skill or training. Nor did it command respect, sound familiar?

Read the full article here: NACAS – The road to care work as profession

Nightingales Army – Thanks Paul for allowing us to share the article you have written.

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Are you a health care professional who wants to try something new? We can offer you extra training, in your area or maybe you want to try something different? Have you considered progressing? Becoming a trainer?

You can contact one of our advisors today to speak about the training you currently hold, what we can offer to support your growth or finding you a new path to explore. Look at all the different areas you can be a health care assistant in, and how to progress further.

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