Learn and earn with the Professional Care Pathway

The moment has finally come to announce our exclusive five-year employment programme formally. We at Home Instead Newcastle under Lyme & Stoke-on-Trent are incredibly excited to partner with an award-winning education provider, Acacia Training. Together we have designed a new and exclusive specialised employment programme. The "Professional Care Pathway" takes you on an academic employment journey towards guaranteed career progression.

North Staffordshire residents are set to benefit from the UK’s first professional care workers training programme. It’s been devised to transform how home care workers are perceived, raising standards and providing professional qualifications to degree level and beyond.

The course has been strategically designed to focus on your self-development as a care professional, creating endless career opportunities. Our university-level QCF qualifications and specialised modules will present senior role opportunities, and an additional successful year on the course would add a teaching qualification to your arsenal.

Home Instead already provides high quality tailored care, and the Professional Care Pathway builds on that. It allows applicants to work a minimum of 25 hours per week, carefully structured around their availability with a pay rate of £10 - £11 per hour and a minimum of one hour per client visit. The role includes paid mileage, paid annual leave, pension scheme enrolment, double time on all Bank Holidays plus additional designated days, paid DBS, and many other benefits.



Home Instead Professional Care Pathway

Year 1

QCF Level 2 Health & Social

City & Guilds End of Life 

City & Guilds Dementia

5 Home Instead Modules

Train the trainer Specialty

Year 1
will provide you with the foundations that you need to build your professional career, on top of getting first-hand paid experience at Home Instead, the UK's leading home care provider.


Year 2


QCF Level 3

Level 3 Advanced End of Life

Level 3 Advanced Dementia

5 Home Instead Modules

Parkinson's Champion

Following on from your first year on the course you shall have another a year of brilliant modules, this mixed with the hands-on experience you would have gained will have you excelling into your career. Becoming a Parkinson's champion is not only wonderful in terms of being able to support those who need it, it's also another fantastic skill to add to your CV.


Year 3


Practical focus on Advanced Field Experience

It's commonly known that some of us are kinaesthetic learners who "learn best by doing" that's why we have designed our third year to focus on your personal development and practical skills out in the field. Building on the knowledge and experience gained from the previous years, you will be providing different elements of exceptional care to our clients.


Year 4/5


QCF Level 5 (2nd year university level)

Years 4 & 5 will present you with a direct route towards senior care management roles; a QCF level 5 is a fantastic qualification to add to your CV, which is the equivalent of completing 2nd-year university studies.


Year 6 (Optional)


Teaching Qualification

Could you see yourself making the jump from providing top-quality care to top-quality training? Our Professional Care Pathway will provide you with the right qualifications, experience and knowledge to do so. Just one more year on the course (optional) would add a teaching qualification to your CV! 

Don't worry if you have already achieved the other qualifications on the Professional Care Pathway, you will not be made to sit them again. Instead, you can take our fast-track route and pick up just where you left off!

Michelle Blunt, General Manager at the North Staffordshire based care provider, said: “This is a multi-purposed vision for the future of care. We aim to drive up standards, give care workers a newfound professional status and, of course, provide the highest quality of staff for Home Instead.

“It will set new standards for home care workers in England and, even before launch, we are getting interest from the industry across the country."

Michelle said that while the programme will create a better-qualified workforce for Home Instead in North Staffordshire, it should also raise standards across care services in the area as a whole, creating a more motivated, highly trained workforce.

She said the programme was geared to accept as many people as they wanted, providing they were suitable for the role.

“We have an ageing population, and there’s always a need for more home care workers,” explained Michelle. “We only have limited spaces available for our first cohorts taking place, but will look to expand and take on as many applicants as possible, should they meet the requirements.

“Home Instead is constantly advertising for more care workers. To get onto the professional pathway, applicants will first have to pass an induction to work with our team. They will then be offered the chance to join the pathway and attend an induction day.”

Our main office is based at Trentham Lakes; however we have recently purchased a building in Bridge Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme. This will become a training centre for the pathway, complete with an IT centre. So that successful applicants have access to computers and IT experts to help them with their online modules.

The comprehensive programme gives home care workers the chance to learn at different levels over a maximum of six years. Those training into Year 5 will gain a QCF level 5 qualification, equivalent to completing Year 2 of a degree course, while care workers choosing to continue to Year 6 will receive a teaching qualification.

The programme builds year on year, with students studying different modules. For example, a QCF Level 2 health and social care qualification in Year 1 together with City and Guilds certification in areas such as dementia care. Level 3 qualifications are available in Year 2, along with a Parkinson’s Champion certificate and various Home Instead CAREGiver modules.

In Year 3, the main focus of the pathway is to enhance field experience, providing care for Home Instead clients out in the community; this will provide our Care Professionals with more perspective on which speciality they want to pursue.  

“It is the most advanced programme in the care sector, and we are thrilled to be able to launch it here in North Staffordshire,” added Michelle,

“Not only will it provide those needing support with the best, most qualified workforce in the country, but it will also empower workers. We want to give them a sense of pride. For far too long, care work has been seen as a low wage job available for people who perhaps don’t aspire to a career – we don’t see this as acceptable.

“We want North Staffordshire carers to be able to go on a night out with friends who may have gone away to university and to proudly tell them how they are on the Professional Care Pathway, including degree-level qualifications.

“Home Care is vital and should be seen as a highly respected career choice with opportunities for career development.”

Once qualified, our Care Professionals will become Care Managers or senior members of staff with a focus in their preferred speciality. They will have the ability to command high levels of salary while driving up standards across the sector.

If you or someone you know has experience in care or is interested in a professional career with guaranteed development, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you, and we still have a few places left on our first open day in 2022. So, are you interested in being a part of this exciting, revolutionary venture?

For more information, please call us on 01782 622330 and ask to speak to Michelle, or email us at [email protected]