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New Head of Learning and Development appointed at Sefton New Directions

New Directions has appointed its first Head of Learning and Development to drive forward a strategic investment in training and development opportunities for its team of over 350 staff. The appointment of Paul Sheron will help the Crosby-based provider of essential adult social care services for over 390 supported people across Sefton Borough to achieve its goal of being a learning organisation offering the best possible development opportunities for its staff. 

Before joining New Directions Paul worked for a leading training provider working with numerous health and social care providers. Throughout that time, he held several positions including quality control, Curriculum & Compliance Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead. Skilled in operations management, coaching and mentoring Paul has a passion for learning and strives to ensure the quality of training and development delivered to those who work in the adult care sector is exemplary. 

Paul said New Directions’ commitment to becoming a truly employee-led learning organisation provided a rewarding challenge.  

“One of my main principles is to put learning at the heart of everything New Directions does. In such a critical sector as adult social care continuous learning and development is vital, not only to provide a safe and fulfilling service to the people we support but also to make sure our staff are empowered and informed to be the best they can be.  

 “The company has a strong values-based culture, and our vision is to develop a collaborative learning culture as a core part of these values. 

“Additionally, the new CQC Single Assessment Framework will bring fresh challenges to which I hope that I can support our team by supplying them with key information and guidance to help position their services into a state of readiness.”  

In addition to putting learning and development centre stage, Paul also seeks to integrate his principles to learning across the New Directions workplace. These principles include:   

  • Fostering a collaborative learning culture.  
  • Ensuring a consistently effective leadership & high-performance management. 
  • Enhancing the operational capabilities of the workforce.  
  • Attracting and retaining talented personnel across all levels of our organisation.  
  • Putting regulatory standards & best practices at the forefront of all company operations. 
  • Promoting workforce well-being to both enhance workplace culture and enhance the resilience of the workforce.  
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