Gordon's story

“I now feel comfortable with leadership and making decisions”

Gordon, a painter and decorator turned CHAP proves it’s never too late to turn your hand to something new.

Gordon says:

“Before working in care I ran my own business as a painter and decorator for twenty years.

I began my caring career after looking after my late wife for three and a half years. I started working as a domiciliary Care Assistant rising to Area Supervisor within six months for another provider.

I later moved to Four Seasons home Aspen Lodge in Lincolnshire as a night Care Assistant before taking on the role of a CHAP in 2016. I was drawn to the CHAP role to make a difference to the team and residents, learn new clinical skills and enhance my own prospects. It has complemented my own personal needs for a deeper understanding and more involvement in my working environment. I find the role more dynamic and continually changing allowing me to develop and maintain my new skills.

My favourite part of being a CHAP is that I now feel comfortable with leadership and making decisions. I’ve also learned to become more pro-active, add values to the culture of the workforce and to encourage learning to other team members, fulfilling my own goals of teaching with the support of the nursing teams I work with.

I found the application process to be straight-forward and supported by the CHAPs team throughout. The training was quite intense, however, well worth it. When I reflect back I feel that I learned so much in a short space of time.

If I had to sum up to anyone contemplating applying for CHAPs roles, it would be “go for it!”. Although you need to be committed, it’s worth it. You will develop very quickly into the role, with encouragement and support of the CHAPs team, your very own in-house mentor a nurse in your home so you’re not alone in taking on the training.

The CHAP programme opens doors to new opportunities too. At present I’m finishing off a Degree in Health and Social Care, but would still like to stay with Four Seasons in a role that I could use my new skills and knowledge. Perhaps in CHAP training or with the Resident Experience team to promote and encourage others and support the good quality of care to our residents.”

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