Academy Employers & Partners Care Academy


We facilitate a range of creative programmes in partnership with our health and social care employers, in order to ensure you develop up to date skills, knowledge and experience for the sector.


To find out more about our aims and objectives and how we work together read our terms of reference.





BEMS+ (B&NES Enhanced Medical Services)


BEMS+ (Bath & North East Somerset Enhanced Medical Services) is a well respected local not-for-profit Federation representing all GP Practices in the area formed in 2004. We improve patient care by developing and providing high-quality community planned and urgent clinical services across B&NES.

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Care & Support West


Care & Support West is an umbrella organisation which represents and speaks for Nursing, Residential, Domiciliary and Supported Living providers of adult social care across South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset. How can we help you? C&SW has the connections and expertise to build and maintain positive bridges between local providers and commissioners. For example, the Directors of Care & Support West meet local finance and commissioning senior officers quarterly to discuss sector pressures and initiatives.


We provide a unique voice for providers of all sizes and client groups to the centre of the commissioning world. We also compile annual cost pressures (i.e. your cost pressures) document and submit it to all four of the Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) to influence their budget making decisions. We arrange bi-monthly, subject specific meetings with handpicked speakers on sector related issues.



We run an annual Awards scheme and Conference and provide regular networking opportunities for members to get together and share their knowledge and experience. We also run Registered Managers Network meetings in each of our four Local Authority areas. Please contact David Smallacombe C&SW Chief Executive for more info on 01373 834339 or email on david.smallacombe@careandsupportwest.com





As one of the country’s largest not-for-profits supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, challenging behaviour and complex needs, we are driven by our values. People with learning disabilities and their families are at the heart of everything we do and we want every person we support to have a great life, with excellent outcomes.


At Dimensions, we provide research-based, outcomes-focused services for people with learning disabilities and autism. Alongside supported living and residential care, we also offer vital specialist services including sector leading Positive Behaviour Support.


We are always working to improve standards – our own and across the sector. Dimensions was one of the pioneers of personalised support, showing how it works in practice, and enabling thousands of people to have greater choice and control.



We recruit our support staff against shared values. You can find out more about our values, the excellent induction, training and career opportunities on our website www.dimensions-uk.org/careers.


Everyone who works for us is trained to meet mandatory and essential standards and Dimensions trains its staff beyond the minimum requirements. Within the first week of employment, staff are invited to start their induction journey.


We have our own learning academy. Completion of a majority of mandatory training is online covering a variety of topics, including health and safety and fire safety at work. Training may vary on the role, with specialist training provided to ensure staff have the knowledge and skills to do their job. All our courses are regularly updated so knowledge will always be at the forefront of the sector.


Our career development programme – Aspire

All permanent staff have regular opportunities to gain a place on our career development programme, Aspire. If a place is secured, they’ll explore new ways and opportunities to progress with help from a professional career coach. The coach supports the development of training, job shadowing and networking opportunities. From here, staff work together with their line manager to establish a career development plan and see how to achieve goals.


Through links with Bath local college, we have arranged for a team of students to work on placement within the locality. As part of a short health and social care course, the students can experience working for Dimensions. There is a social enterprise project underway and the students are getting involved with the work. The idea is that the students recognise the holistic one to one support we provide, the person centred approach, and our need to provide good outcomes for the people we support.


The relationship and project are in the early stages and the structure is developing within a loose framework, flexibility has been needed to accommodate all involved. As it stands, some students have been working on the grounds on the social enterprise market garden project, clearing areas and discussing ideas around access, planting and involvement for people we support, whilst other students have been observing staff working within their role as a support worker. It was explained to the students (all ages) that they are unable to lone work or be involved in personal care, but that building relationships and being actively involved with the people we support is to be encouraged.


The outcome for the social enterprise project is to have all people we support within the locality involved, to see the project evolve and eventually market the produce from the venture. Discussions with the college have brought the idea of other students from marketing, horticulture etc being involved.


It was also discussed with the students that the work they are undertaking would be part and parcel of the job role as support worker – that the role is wide and varied and is a great introduction to the role should they wish to pursue a career with Dimensions either on a part time, full time, relief or annualised hours basis.


This is a really positive step to building long term relations with the college.

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The Red Cross


The Red Cross is the largest humanitarian organisation in the world. In the UK, the British Red Cross delivers health and social care services as part of a wide ranging strategy to help people in crisis. In Bath and North East Somerset local services aim to tackle loneliness and social isolation by providing short term practical and emotional support. Weekly visits take place in the person’s home and aim to promote their health, well-being and integration into the local community. A placement with our Support at Home service offers students an opportunity to develop their adaptability, communication skills and confidence. It is an excellent insight into both the voluntary sector and health and social care and a chance for students to develop a relationship with a large provider that offers significant future opportunities.



Way Ahead Care


Way Ahead Care is a family run business providing care & support to adults of all ages and disabilities. We strive to provide quality and flexible community care and support services within the comfort of the individual’s own home. These services can range from weekly domestic and shopping visits to much more complex care ( End of Life Care) and support delivery depending on the individual’s needs. We are always interested in hearing from the special people required to deliver these types of services and join our team working throughout the Bath, Keynsham and Chew Valley areas.


Way Ahead Care not only cares for their customers but also their staff and continually invests in its own training division. Step Ahead Training actively encourages staff to further themselves with continual training and internal pathways. The career pathway opportunities that Way Ahead Care can offer are: Care & Support working, supervisory positions, response team, coordination team, human resource department, training department and progression to management.



Way Ahead Care supports the Care Academy by offering work placements and apprenticeship opportunities to their Health and Social care students. We coach the students throughout the year, by undertaking workshops in Bath College that will prepare and develop their knowledge and understanding of working in the Health and Social care workforce.

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Somerset Care


Somerset Care is an award-winning, not-for-profit company with over 25 years’ experience of supporting people across the south of England. In the Bath and North East Somerset Care area we support people to live independently in their own home.


Working alongside BaNES Council, we provide care and support services in Twerton, Odd Down and Combe down and Radstock, Midsomer Norton and the surrounding areas. We value our staff and offer opportunities to progress through careers with our reablement and Willows services.


For more information, please visit our website or contact our Recruitment Team on (01823) 448321.


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Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in North East Somerset and Western Wiltshire.


The Trust provides a full range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency, and diagnostic and clinical support. We also provide outpatient, diagnostic and some day-case surgery at local community hospitals in Bath & North East Somerset, Somerset and Wiltshire. This fulfils part of the Trust’s aim to provide high-quality care to people in their local communities.


At the Royal United Hospital, we employ around 4,800 people. We are fully committed to supporting students studying at local schools and colleges to explore and prepare for NHS careers. We support people interested in studying health-related degrees, and also people looking to access apprenticeships and job opportunities straight from school or college. Many of our roles involve direct contact with our patients, but we also have opportunities in our corporate service teams – for example in admin, IT and finance.

We are proud to be part of Bath College’s Care Academy and can support students in the following ways:


  • We signpost to the Step into the NHS and Health Careers websites for up-to-date information.

  • Our Schools & Colleges Ambassadors regularly visit Bath College to talk about their roles and the values, skills and experiences needed for a successful health career.

  • We offer opportunities for work experience and volunteering.

  • We also host a Spring Conference in March to promote our apprenticeships, and a Sixth Form Conference in June for young people interested in applying to study medicine and other health related degrees at university.

  • You can keep up-to-date and show your support of the hospital by becoming a member of our Foundation Trust (free of charge).

  • Some young people aged 17+ also work part time as bank staff while studying or during gap years.

    Hopefully, the links above will provide helpful information to you if you are interested in working for the RUH in the future. To keep up to date on news and job vacancies, follow us on Twitter at @RUH_careers. For further information, please email our Widening Participation Team. For further information, please email our Widening Participation Team on ruh-tr.schoolsandcolleges@nhs.net

    Care Acadmey employer - The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust logo




    Swallow Charity


    SWALLOW is a registered charity working to make sure that teenagers and adults with learning disabilities live the lives they choose, through user led support.

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    UWE Bristol


    A degree from UWE Bristol means experience. Practical, real-world experience that will complement your education and everything you’ll learn. So instead of waiting to show employers what you can do, you’ll be able to show them what you have done. That’s powerful. That’s the UWE Bristol 360 degree experience.


    Study one of our nursing and midwifery courses and we’ll give you the practical experience and expert knowledge to make a positive difference to people’s lives, whatever stage of your healthcare career. In addition to classroom based work, we have first-class facilities that simulate real-world healthcare at both of our campuses. Everything you need to develop your professional and clinical skills is here.


    To find out more visit www.uwe.ac.uk/healthcare

    Care Academy employer - UWE Bristol logo




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