Nursing

Our dedicated Registered Nurses care for residents who live with us on both a permanent basis and on shorter stays including respite care.  Our Nurses care for many complex conditions so that residents who would otherwise have been referred to a hospital-type setting can continue to enjoy all their home comforts.  

Watch our short film about nursing at Colten Care.

Our Clinical Leads take the lead role in overseeing clinical management supported by our Nurses and Health Care teams. The Clinical Lead role offers the perfect career ladder for Registered Nurses.

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Our guiding principle in everything we do is to attend to the individual needs of our residents and ensure they feel well looked after and at home. We maintain a high level of nursing capability so we can care for many complex conditions. In this way, people who might otherwise be referred to a hospital environment can continue to enjoy home comforts.

Each person who requires our nursing care service benefits from the same in-home facilities available to every other resident but crucially they have access to a dedicated team of round-the-clock Registered General Nurses who report into the Clinical Lead.

To ensure consistency of care, our nursing team members are used to liaising regularly with residents’ own GPs.

Our Clinical Leads take the lead role in ensuring that our residents receive the clinical care they need.  Their goal is to give our residents quality of life through effective care, service and activity. Clinical Leads lead, advise and support all care and nursing staff within the Home

Our homes offer an enabling environment. We research and procure the very best nursing equipment to ensure the comfort and safety of our residents. We have the latest profiling nursing beds, moving and handling equipment and hydrotherapy baths. There are wide corridors, discreet handrails and easy access to gardens so that residents can move around comfortably. At many of our homes we have specifically included low bedroom windows so that even bedbound residents can enjoy a view of gardens and outdoor spaces. 

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What skills will I learn?

You’ll learn how to put people at their ease, gain their confidence and deal sympathetically with their problems and fears.  You will be a good listener and be alert to changes in the health and wellbeing of our residents.

As a Nurse, you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including medical staff as well as with residents and families to make living in our homes both comfortable and enjoyable.

You will become knowledgeable about how to maintain residents’ health and well-being which will include becoming more expert in longer-term conditions through comprehensive care planning.

You will be adept in dealing with emotionally charged situations to alleviate distress.  What this means will be different every day, from helping residents cope and deal with illness one day, to dealing with an energetic day with family, the next. 

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What do I need to become a Nurse?

You will need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  The closest universities which run relevant degree courses are Bournemouth University and the University of Southampton.  

What can I aim for?

Healthcare is constantly developing, technology improving, and the needs of our residents changing. We’ll make sure that you keep yourself professionally updated with health care issues and practice.  You will be able to develop specialisms in longer-term conditions, including  Dementia, and build a career inside Colten to become a Clinical Lead.  With further management development you could one day be managing one of our prestigious homes as a Home Manager.

We are constantly striving to increase the options available for professional development and training which we are happy to discuss at interview.

By choosing to join Colten Care as a Nurse, your ability to develop and grow within the organisation is supported by a network of internal professionals. 

Meet Leah, our Nurse Learning and Development Manager. Leah is a qualified nurse with over 15 years’ experience gained both in the NHS but predominately within care homes.  Starting her career as a Carer, Leah is passionate about nursing and committed to supporting Colten Care nurses whilst ensuring our residents receive quality care.  Leah’s role is to support our Nurses with continuous professional development in their role and to prepare them for future career opportunities within Colten Care.

Watch our short film to see Leah talking about:

  • The value our Nurses bring to Colten Care
  • Promoting a learning environment
  • Leadership and management programme
  • Support for chosen career pathways