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10 February 2016

The year ahead for SweetTree

It’s been a fantastic start to 2016 for the team at SweetTree, with the company being recognised as one of the UK’s Best Companies to Work For by the Sunday Times. And according to managing director Barry Sweetbaum, this is only the beginning.

“We’re just one month in to the New Year and we’ve already received the fantastic news that the Sunday Times has named us one of the country’s best employers,” commented Barry.

“This is an accolade we are particularly proud of as the ranking is based on the feedback of team members. As we believe that people are at the heart of SweetTree’s success, and so continue to invest heavily in the SweetTree Care Training Academy and to support all our team members to achieve their full potential, this really means a lot. ”

He continued: “We’re delighted that our strong recruitment, training and career development practices have seen us retain our position as an Investors in People Gold Standard company since 2012. Individual team members also continue to excel in their roles, with our Director of Operations, Nicki Bones, being named as a regional finalist in the Great British Care Awards – an accolade given to individuals who show outstanding excellence within their field of work.”

Care Certificate

Through the SweetTree Care Training Academy, the team has also been leading the way when it comes to introducing the new Care Certificate – a requirement that all new carers, across all care settings, must now undergo the same basic training. At SweetTree, this has seen the addition of an experienced new team, dedicated to managing its implementation.

As the one year anniversary of the Certificate approaches, Nicki Bones, director of operations, explains: “At SweetTree, we aim to help new team members reach their full potential. We remain committed to providing the highest quality of care possible for our clients – that means employing the best people, providing the best training and supporting team members to excel and develop in their roles. As such, we view the Care Certificate very positively and have worked hard to integrate it within our existing training programmes.”

The SweetTree Training Academy provides all team members with a comprehensive induction, which lasts 12 weeks, consisting of a 4 day induction; workbook assignments; work based assessments and one to one mentoring. New team members then have the opportunity to enrol on other accredited training courses, as well as undertaking QCF diplomas in Health & Social Care.

SweetTree was the first home care provider in the UK to achieve a highly regarded AIM Awards Quality Mark for its in-house training programmes.

Even more in store

“In the coming months there will be lots more to look forward to,” added Barry. “We will again be working closely with the team at the Alzheimer’s Show to help deliver another interesting, informative, and interactive event for visitors. And we will of course be working hard to recognise and support informal dementia carers as part of National Dementia Carers’ Day 2016.

“Our specialist dementia care team, including Admiral Nurse Rikki Lorenti, will be hosting more free workshops for care professionals, offering expert advice on all aspects of dementia care. And we’ll again be giving our support to some fantastic charities as part of our annual fundraising activities.”

Care and support services

SweetTree supports individuals with a wide range of needs, including care for those experiencing age related frailty and specialist programmes for those with dementia, mental health related illness, learning disabilities, brain injuries, neurological conditions and palliative care needs.

For more information about SweetTree, its services, or current career opportunities, please call the team on 020 7644 9554.

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