Investing in learning and development

A Hull-based care organisation has appointed a new learning and development manager as part of its ongoing commitment to invest in its workforce.

Not for profit organisation Hica Group, which has over 1600 staff, has appointed Sarah Jane Moody as learning and development manager. 

In her new role, Sarah, who will be based at Hica’s head office in Hull, will conduct a full review of all aspects of training, including the function of the department, training focus, content and delivery. She will then be responsible for leading the delivery of a new learning and development policy which will ensure that HICA is maximising the potential of staff development to deliver safe, compliant and person-centred services.

She joins the organisation with a wealth of experience in healthcare management roles, working as a branch manager, locality manager and more recently a programme co-ordinator. Working in these roles has given Sarah a broad range of experience in areas such as project management, performance development and strategic planning.

Sarah says: “I’m excited to be stepping in to my new role with the Hica Group. In my previous role, I worked closely with some of Hica’s management staff and I was inspired by their positive attitudes and their focus being on the wellbeing of service users and driving high standards of care.

“This role will allow me to have direct involvement supporting carers to deliver quality care to our service users while also developing their own skills. Going forward, I will be looking to develop the department to promote a skilled, professional and confident workforce, who have the opportunities open to them to develop a rewarding and long-term career with the organisation.”

Penni Brown, chief executive of the Hica Group adds: “Sarah’s appointment to Hica reflects our commitment to continually develop our workforce, to ensure we uphold the best standards of care and quality of life for the users of our services, which is our main priority. 

“With an extensive background in the third sector, specifically within healthcare settings, combined with her passion and strong work ethic, I’m sure she will excel in her role and I look forward to seeing the plans she has to drive the training and development of the organisation forward.”

Alongside Sarah’s appointment, the Hica Group has recently invested in a new health and wellbeing initiative which has been rolled out across the organisation, as well as investing in new technology and equipment. 

The Hica Group is a not-for-profit organisation based in Hull. The company operates a portfolio of 15 care homes across Hull and the East Riding, five of which are for people with a learning disability. The organisation also runs two retirement villages and a homecare service which provides approximately 11,500 hours of support from four regional offices in the North of England. 


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