Over the past year, we have never been more thankful to those working in the care profession. Their dedication, creativity and enthusiasm when faced with a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has been awe inspiring.
So, to further upskill and empower those working in care and to support their career progression - as well as supporting the new generation of care professionals - Westward Care are proud to be part of Leeds Teaching Care Homes Pilot, a collaboration between Leeds Care Association and Leeds City College.
The partnership will see Leeds City College and local care home providers – including Westward Care – deliver health and social care modules by college teaching staff within care homes in Leeds. We’re very proud that, as an example of Outstanding practice, Headingley Hall has been chosen as one of the sites in Leeds where teaching will be taking place.
This pioneering new initiative puts lecturers in care homes to deliver training and courses to care staff at all levels of their careers, from those who are new to the sector learning the key skills of care, to aspiring managers who want to learn more about marketing, stakeholder management and financial processes. By delivering training in practical settings, the project will close the gap between learning in the classroom and on-the-job training.
We can’t wait to welcome staff and students from other care homes in the Leeds City Region, as well as Westward Care’s own staff, to Headingley Hall for this exciting new partnership.

Teaching Care Homes is part of the Lets Talk Real Skills initiative (LTRS), a skills project happening now in the Leeds City Region. Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), LTRS aims to make significant improvements in skills provision through collaboration between businesses and education. 
"Westward Care are truly supportive of everyone's professional development. If you want to improve and enhance your career they will provide and guide you towards the right training."
Carer, Headingley Hall