Proud to Care - September Newsletter

Proud to Care Devon

September newsletter                                                     Issue 19



Laura land army

September is often a time for reflection and new beginnings, as students head back to school and college.  If you’re a Proud to Care Ambassador looking for career development, why don’t you volunteer to spend a couple of hours at a local event to inspire the next generation to consider a career in health and social care?  It’ll also remind you of why you chose your job and it’s something you can highlight on your CV, when you go for a promotion!

If you feel that you need a bit more confidence training, or tips, please do sign up for one of our free half day workshops on 12th November in Exeter, 20th November in Mid Devon or 28th November in Newton Abbot.  These will support Proud to Care Ambassadors with public speaking, presentation, communication skills and confidence building.  Click the links for more details and to book a place.

We’re also about to launch our next Proud to Care Devon campaign #ajobworthdoing to attract more people to care across Devon.  The latest campaign features Laura, who was a Land Girl in World War II (see above right), Jim (above) and Gavin.  Please help us by sharing their stories on social media from next week.

Sally-Ann Turner

Proud to Care Devon

Upcoming Events - Please email Tracy to volunteer

25 Sept          Exeter Corn Exchange                    10 am - 2 pm             Jobs Fair

27 Sept          Green Lanes Shopping Centre        10 am - 2 pm            Jobs Fair

3 Oct              Park School, Barnstaple                  5 pm - 7 pm              Options Evening

14 Oct            Coombeshead Academy                 6 pm - 8 pm              Careers Fair

4 Nov             Quayside, Kingsbridge                    9 am - 4 pm               Careers Fair  

11 Nov           Holsworthy Community College      TBC                           Mock Interviews

14 Nov           Exeter School                                  6 pm - 8 pm               Careers Fair

18 Nov           Horizon Centre, Torquay                 10 am - 2 pm             Information stand

19 Nov           Dartmouth Academy                        9 am - 3.15 pm          Careers Fair

28 Nov           Holsworthy Community College      TBC                           Careers 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: 

Next Ambassador induction events - invite your colleagues!


Plymouth - 18th September 1.30 pm - 4 pm Focus on End of Life/Palliative Care, main speaker Sharon King, Palliative and End of Life Lead, Livewell SouthWest.  To book please contact

Exeter - 6th November 1 pm - 3.30 pm, sign up here

Training opportunities

Funded Medication Training – Limited places available - 27th September 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Provided by the Medication Training Company which is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Two workshops will be running on the same day one in Exeter and one in Newton Abbot

The workshop is run by an experienced Pharmacist or Nurse and has shown to reduce medication errors by 36%

The workshop covers the requirements as set out in the Care Certificate, NICE guidelines and the CQC.

Included in the training is a comprehensive workbook with a unique code that unlocks an online learning assessment and certificate.The course is aimed at individuals who are in a role where there is a need to administer medicine- and are in a position to influence good practice within their organisation as a result of this training (important to stress that this is not a train the trainer course)

As there are limited places, in the first instance we will be offering places - one per organisation - additional requests will be added to a list- we will contact you if there is further training available in the future.

In submitting this application you understand that places are available on a first come basis and are limited to one per organisation, (in the first instance)

This is not a train the trainer course, but we would like you to be in a position to influence and share good practice within your workplace as a result of attending this workshop.

Included within this training there is an element of online assessment which needs to be undertaken to unlock the certificate. 

As the places are limited we would appreciate your full commitment to attending or to send a colleague in your place if unable to attend -advising us of this change with good notice 


Brain injury ID cards information event - 10th October 1 pm - 4 pm Exeter


Skills for Care getting started with values and behaviours based recruitment, 3rd October 10 am - 1 pm The Hayridge Library, Cullompton


The NHS Oral Health Improvement Team are offering a fully funded training opportunity for care providers in Devon. For more information email


The Eastern Care Services Team are offering a range of free workshops on pressure care, nutrition, falls, continence management and more.  Full details here 

Ambassador story - Gina Rogers - Clincal Matron - Community


I’m 45 years old and I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1995 having completed the Project 2000 nurse training programme with Exeter University and achieving a Diploma in Nursing (Adults).

I have worked in many areas across the health and social care sector including acute medicine, rehabilitation, agency nursing, community hospital management, private care home management, community nursing and my current role which is a Clinical Matron – Community.

This role affords me the perfect opportunity to influence change and to look at community services from a strategic viewpoint where I can develop and lead my staff to provide and deliver evidence based quality care.

I also have a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector which I have used to teach students on the Assistant Practitioners foundation degree course. On this course I created and facilitated two modules teaching students over a six year period at our local Higher Education College, Petroc. I continue to utilise these teaching skills within my current job role to support staff as newly qualified or in development opportunities throughout nursing.

I have just completed my MSc Degree in NHS Leadership and Management which I have been studying for the last two years. Learning is a lifelong journey where we can never become complacent as ideas and concepts are changing and evolving constantly so there is always more to learn and to be a part of.

My current role also includes being the Matron of our local community hospital inpatient beds of which I am extremely proud to be a part of and to support. This helps me to maintain the balance between acute and community services, prioritising my work load and building the connections between patients in a ward environment and those being looked after in their own homes. As a Clinical Matron – Community I am required to influence practice, share and cascade current changes to practice, supervise and monitor staff whilst clinical and advise them working across a large locality area supporting around 200 community nursing and community hospital staff.

In addition to this busy role I am mum to 2 daughters and to 2 foster children who I look after with my husband. We are also extremely proud new grandparents to baby Stanley who is 3 months old.

Devon Partnership Trust work experience week


In Spring 2019 applications were received from young people aged 14-17 from schools across Devon requesting work experience. After attending an interview, we invited 16 students to spend a week with us as part of our first Schools' Work Experience Week. The aim of the week was to aim to engage with and inform young people of career opportunities within DPT. 

Read the full article here

Ambassador Expenses

As a Proud to Care Ambassador you are able to claim expenses for travel and parking costs when attending events at schools, colleges, universities, job centres and recruitment events.  You can claim either bus or rail fares or mileage when travelling to events and any parking charges during your time at an event.  Please keep all receipts for travel and parking and submit copies with our expenses form to


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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