Tag: Skills for Care

    Meet the highest standards of care with Skills for Care’s ‘Good and outstanding care guide’

    Meet the highest standards of care with Skills for Care’s ‘Good and outstanding care guide’

    Skills for Care supports providers to create a well-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce.   The updated ‘Good and outstanding care guide’ is ideal for providers who want to achieve or sustain a good or outstanding CQC rating. The guide also includes the recent changes to the Care Quality Commissions (CQC’s) inspection approach […]

    1st May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Recruiting for values, not qualifications, can help you find more of the right people

    Recruiting for values, not qualifications, can help you find more of the right people

    Skills for Care is working with four local initiatives that put values, individuality, diversity and life experience at the heart of adult social care recruitment.   Jeanine Willoughby, Project Manager at Skills for Care says: “Recruitment should be about talent, not background. To meet the growing demand for workers, social care employers need innovative ways […]

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    Seeing the potential in people can boost your recruitment

    Seeing the potential in people can boost your recruitment

    Some people face barriers to moving into work, and not everyone has recent experience or qualifications to support them. However, people from all kinds of backgrounds can have the right values to work in our sector. Taking an open approach to your recruitment can help adult social care employers to recruit from a wider talent […]

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    Local project inspires young people into social care in Lincoln and Skegness

    Local project inspires young people into social care in Lincoln and Skegness

    Skills for Care funded a local project that supported 17-24 year olds from a range of backgrounds to do a work-based social care placement. The project wanted to break down some of the barriers to employment that people can face, and support local employers to find potential talent in new places. Some people face barriers […]

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    Care Management Group wins top award for best employee

    Care Management Group wins top award for best employee

    Care Management Group (CMG) is celebrating, after it was named winner of a prestigious Skills For Care Accolade award – recognising its commitment to providing high-quality support to its Home Managers.   CMG, the leading provider of residential care and supported living services for people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs, was crowned winner […]

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    The power of networks in adult social care

    The power of networks in adult social care

    Good managers and leaders in social care are committed to embedding best practice through engaging with their peers, sharing information and growing their knowledge. The importance and value of networking shouldn’t be underestimated. Skills for Care facilitates registered manager networks, covering every local authority area in England. They offer registered managers the chance to meet […]

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    Dept. of Health & Social Care launches consultation on care workforce

    Dept. of Health & Social Care launches consultation on care workforce

    A consultation which will focus on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in partnership with Skills for Care.   Those with an interest in social care are encouraged to share their views on what could be done to address a number of challenges facing […]

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    How can adult social care employers get involved in National Careers Week 2018?

    How can adult social care employers get involved in National Careers Week 2018?

    National Careers and Apprenticeship week will be taking place between 05 and 09 March 2018. It’s a great opportunity to link up with local schools, colleges and job centres to promote adult social care as a positive career choice – and you can help! There are lots of low cost and easy ways you can […]

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    Care providers- Workforce Development Fund 2018/19 now open for applications

    Care providers- Workforce Development Fund 2018/19 now open for applications

    Large national organisations and lead organisations of employer led partnerships can now apply for the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) 2018-19.   The money allows organisations to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing eligible qualifications and learning programmes.   A number of changes have been made to the Workforce Development Fund for 2018-19 […]

    29th January 2018 | By | Reply More
    Bridging the gap between schools and adult social care employers- are you ready?

    Bridging the gap between schools and adult social care employers- are you ready?

    Are you looking to get on the radar of your local schools, colleges and University? January is the perfect time to do this, as students start to make decisions about their careers or further education. One way to do this is by joining I Care…Ambassadors. This initiative is facilitated by Skills for Care, and supports […]

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    Skills for Care lunch new home for adult social care workforce intelligence

    Skills for Care lunch new home for adult social care workforce intelligence

    Skills for Care has launched a new, dedicated ‘Workforce Intelligence’ area on its website offering invaluable insights into the state of the adult social care workforce, including reports, trends, demographics and statistics. This new dedicated home for workforce intelligence showcases Skills for Care’s workforce intelligence products and services that support its customers and stakeholders to […]

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    Money towards developing your employees

    Money towards developing your employees

    Would you like to be able to offer training to your staff?   If so and you’re an employer in adult social care, the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is an excellent opportunity to claim money towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications, units, apprenticeships and learning programmes.   The fund has […]

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    I Care…Ambassadors spread the word about working in social care

    I Care…Ambassadors spread the word about working in social care

    A national team of I Care…Ambassadors are delivering careers events across England to inspire people to work in adult social care. Over 400 organisations in England are involved in supporting the 700-strong team of ambassadors, who inspire thousands of people to consider a career in social care. They do this through careers activities such as […]

    15th January 2018 | By | Reply More
    Care providers have your say on a national recruitment campaign in adult social care

    Care providers have your say on a national recruitment campaign in adult social care

    Skills for Care is asking for feedback from across adult social care, to explore how a national recruitment campaign might work for the sector. They’re running an open scoping study to explore how a national recruitment campaign could help the sector attract the right people to take up adult social care roles, and want to […]

    11th January 2018 | By | Reply More
    How CPD has changed over the years, but in a good way- Skills for Care blog

    How CPD has changed over the years, but in a good way- Skills for Care blog

    The end of October marked my three year anniversary at Skills for Care. As you might expect, Skills for Care is pretty proactive in supporting continued professional development (CPD), so it’s been a very busy three years, but I’ve been fortunate to work for other organisations keen to support staff development. Let’s jump back a […]

    13th December 2017 | By | Reply More
    Claim money towards developing your employees in adult social care

    Claim money towards developing your employees in adult social care

    You could claim money towards developing your employees If you’re an adult social care employer in England, you can claim the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications, units and learning programmes. If you’d prefer to read our leaflet, you can download it here. If you are […]

    12th December 2017 | By | Reply More
    New Year, new qualifications framework information from Skills for Care

    New Year, new qualifications framework information from Skills for Care

    I know we’ve only just got our heads around the move from NVQs to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) but we will soon have to move with the times again and get used to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The RQF will replace the QCF from 1 January 2018 but anyone who has enrolled […]

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    Alzheimer’s Society reacts to figures revealing 900 carers quit every day

    Alzheimer’s Society reacts to figures revealing 900 carers quit every day

    More than 900 adult social care workers a day quit their job in England last year, according to analysis by the BBC of data released by the charity Skills for Care. 60% of those leaving a job left working in the adult social care sector altogether.  Alzheimer’s Society’s own research has shown for the carers […]

    11th April 2017 | By | Reply More
    Care UK shortlisted for best care sector employer accolade

    Care UK shortlisted for best care sector employer accolade

    Care UK’s Residential Care Service has been shortlisted for a prestigious award, acknowledging its position as one of the top care sector employers in the country for developing the skills of its teams.   The fifth largest care home operator in the country, Care UK has been shortlisted by Skills for Care in the Best […]

    16th February 2017 | By | Reply More
    Council funded social care learning and development solution gets stamp of approval from Skills for Care

    Council funded social care learning and development solution gets stamp of approval from Skills for Care

    Local authorities are funding access to a unique learning and development solution to evidence the competence of the social care workforce – and it has just gained Recognised Provider status. The Grey Matter Group’s unique solution that facilitates the evidencing of competence, wins endorsement as a Recognised Provider from the strategic sector workforce lead, Skills […]

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