Proud to Care - February Newsletter

Proud to Care Devon

February Newsletter                                  Issue number 15

Phoebe and Val



Thanks to all our Proud to Care Ambassadors, who worked together at the National Apprenticeship Show at Westpoint on 30-31 January.  It was great to have representatives from Devon Partnership Trust, Royal Devon & Exeter hospital, Devon County Council, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and Livewell South West all working together to promote apprenticeships in health and care on behalf of all the STP organisations. 

Look out for our next Proud to Care advertising campaign to attract young people to careers in care and health. The advertising campaign, going live in mid-March, will focus on a short film clip of young care and health workers in their role to excite young people to find out more about the range of opportunities available. Look out for the film clip on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, You Tube, Google and Proud to Care Devon. A special thanks to our Proud to Care Ambassador Phoebe from Bluebird Care, who was one of our film stars and to all the other film stars from RD&E (Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Bramble and Ashburn wards) and the Nichols Centre.  Pictured above is Phoebe filming with Val in Exmouth and below is Valerio and Bob on AMU.

On Sat 16 March we have an exciting new National Recruitment Event in Exeter, which is being advertised nationally.  It’s the first opportunity for all the health and social care providers in Devon to recruit to professional roles together under the Proud to Care banner.  See below for further information or email to get involved. 

We always appreciate your feedback, so please feel free to contact us

Sally-Ann Turner

Proud to Care Devon


National Recruitment Event - Exeter - 16 March

Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel
Saturday 16th March 2019, 10am-6pm
Exeter, EX4 3SP

This event is an exciting recruitment pilot event, which is a collaboration between all the Trusts in Devon, the local authorities, primary care providers and adult social care providers.  It is primarily aimed at attracting registered professionals to Devon, with national advertising in BMJ, NMC and other publications.  If it’s successful, we’ll be aiming for bigger events like this in the future for a wider audience.


Ambassador story - Leanne Ashmead - Cluster Service Manager for Urgent Care, RD&E

Leanne Ashmead

I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a part of the NHS, but wasn't sure where I fitted in.  After experimenting with a number of different ideas, from Doctor to Midwife to Clinical Scientist, I realised I simply wasn't suited to a clinical role.  I was less aware of the many varied non-clinical opportunities within the health and social care sector until one day I stumbled across the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme at a careers fair while studying Biology at the University of Manchester.  I immediately knew that the training scheme was for me, and decided to apply for a place on the General Management stream.  After months of preparation and an intense recruitment process, I was delighted to find out that I had been successful in securing a place on the scheme for September 2016 based in the South West.

During my time as a General Management Trainee, I completed four placements which exposed me to a number of different parts of the care and health sector.  My first placement was at Devon Partnership Trust, a mental health Trust, where I worked in a strategic role as a service improvement manager within the organisational development department.  I then spent a short secondment within the operations support unit of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, the local acute Trust.  I chose to spend my elective placement within social care commissioning at Devon County Council, where I had the pleasure of becoming involved with Proud to Care.  I then completed my training as an operations manager in the emergency department and acute medical unit of the acute Trust.  It was during this final placement that I discovered my true passion was in operational management, and particularly in urgent and emergency care.  It struck me that any one of us or our loved ones could at any time become a patient in the emergency department, and that these patients were often in their moments of greatest human need and vulnerability.  For some, their time in the emergency department would be their final experiences of life, and I wanted these experiences to be the best they could possibly be.

I was delighted to secure a post-training role as Cluster Service Manager for Urgent Care and have never looked back.  My role is exciting and varied, ranging from supporting patient flow through the hospital, to managing budgets.  I work closely with the medical, nursing, therapies and admin teams to ensure the efficient day-to-day running of the service, as well as supporting service improvement and development.  Never be fooled into thinking there isn't room for the skills and leadership of non-clinical staff in the health and care sector!

Recruitment and retention research in care homes

Proud to Care has commissioned some independent research into recruitment and retention challenges in care homes on behalf of the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The researcher, Nigel Tremlett of Transform Research is particularly keen to speak to Registered Managers and Registered Nurses across Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay). 

Your feedback is vital to inform future improvements in the sector.

Nigel will be running focus groups across Devon in February and March, with refreshments provided.

To get involved, please read the flyer and email researcher, Nigel or phone him on 07854 371771.  Nigel will then confirm the exact location so that you can book a space.

Upcoming Events - Please email Tracy to volunteer

7 March       Exeter College                           2 pm - 6 pm            Apprenticeship Expo 

8 March       Riviera Centre, Torquay            8.45 am - 1 pm       Jobs Fair

12 March     Braunton Academy                    8.30 am - 1 pm       Employer Aspire Event

16 March     Mercure Rougemont Hotel         10 am - 6 pm          National Recruitment Event

20 March     Corn Exchange, Exeter             9.30 am - 2 pm       Jobs Fair

For more information or to volunteer please email Tracy at        


As always, your feedback is important to us. Please follow the relevant links to a short two minute survey if you attended any of these events: 

Proud to Care launch in Torbay 5th March

Proud to Care is launching in Torbay on 5th March at the Riviera Centre, Torquay from 12.30 pm to 4 pm (lunch included).

There will be a short induction event for new Ambassadors to give an overview of the Ambassador scheme what we do and how we work across care and health.  There will be Ambassador stories and sample activities, food and networking.

If you would like to attend, or know someone in your team who would make a great Proud to Care Ambassador, Please get in touch and let us know. 

Save the date - Plymouth

The next Ambassador event in Plymouth is on 7 March at Windsor House from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm.  Please see the agenda here.

Save the date - North Devon

Proud to Care will be hosting an Ambassador event at Barnstaple Library on 26 April from 9 am - 12.30 pm.  This will be for both new and existing Ambassadors.

More details to follow but to sign up please email 

Save the date - Exeter

The next Ambassador event in Exeter is planned for 29 May, more details to follow shortly.


Ambassador resources are available from:

  • Your local Proud to Care Champion. Find your local Champion here.
  • Health Education England have 16 A4 books covering individual health career areas and an A5 overview booklet.  Order on 0345 6060 655 or Allow two weeks for delivery.
  • Skills for Care have a range of care careers and apprenticeship information and booklets. Contact your local Champion.

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