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There are new opportunities for returning workers in the care services says nursing agency entrepreneur Penny Streeter OBE, responding to the plan by the government work and pensions secretary for the return to work of lone parents with children, announced in a recent white paper.

“ There is a critical shortage of temporary care assistants in care homes nationwide. It is a career that can offer an ideal opportunity for many parents returning to work, as jobs are usually available locally, and you can often work the hours to suit your family and other commitments. It is possible to return to work after around three months, once training and CRB and other credentials checks are completed, “ says Penny Streeter, founder of nurses and care assistants agency A24 Group, Ambition 24hours.

Lone parents with children as young as three will have to prepare for work and face sanctions if they do not follow an agreed plan, government work and pensions secretary James Purnell has said. Currently, single parents are no longer able to claim income support after their youngest child turns 12 years of age. Parents instead have to pursue employment and claim Jobseeker's Allowance. From 2010, the rule will take effect from when the youngest is seven.

Ambition 24hours organises courses nationwide for people who wish to train as a healthcare assistant and work in a care home or other care setting. This includes three-day classroom training, as well as 30 hours work experience to enable the individual to put the theory into practice. Upon completion of satisfactory work experience, theory reports and written references the candidate is eligible for work with Ambition 24hours on a temporary or permanent staffing basis.

Penny Streeter OBE, a CBI ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, is the founder and managing director of Ambition 24hours, a 24-7 medical staffing agency group that recruits, manages and supplies qualified staff for temporary jobs and employment in hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes and with other healthcare providers. Divisions include jobs for locum doctors, nurses and care assistants and allied health professionals, with 14 branch offices in the UK nationwide. There is also a private homecare nursing service, such as for post-operative care, after a stay in hospital.

The three-day course for care assistants costs £160. It comprises the following modules: the role of the care assistant; dress code; communication; patient hygiene; hand washing; mouth care; pressure area care; infection control; health and safety; fire safety; bed making; food and hygiene; nutrition; moving and handling; emergency first aid and basic life support; incontinence; administration; protection of vulnerable adults and children; policies and procedures.

For further details of training as a care assistant with Ambition 24hours visit Ambition 24hours.

For further information:

Ambition 24hours, Ambition House
92 - 96 Lind Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4PL
Tel: 0871 87 333 33
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