In this week's edition - NMDS-SC gets a new name, every day is different when you care and much more.
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 NMDS-SC gets 
 a new name 

Most of the sector knows that we’re currently developing a new National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) service. This year you’ll be able to see what it looks like and how it feels to use.


Part of this makeover is a new name. We’ve consulted with our users and the service will be called ‘Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set’.
The new system will look and feel better as we continue to collect vital information about our workforce. We’re really grateful to all our volunteers who have been so closely involved with the development testing and feedback.

 News 

Every day is different when you care - update
The Department of Health and Social Care is launching a national communications campaign to help increase the number of people choosing a career in adult social care and improve staff retention.
Care providers are urged to get involved with the campaign by providing case studies for local and social media use, advertising vacancies on DWP Find a Job (which is where the campaign will direct people to), engaging with the dedicated Facebook page and encouraging employees to refer friends to the sector with a #shareifyoucare hashtag.
A new campaign toolkit will live on the refreshed campaign website from the end of January. This will be explained in more detail at the forthcoming events being run across the country – find out more and sign up.


EU Settlement Scheme now open
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, the EU Settlement Scheme is now accepting applications. From 30 March 2019 onwards, you won’t have to pay for your application. Any application made before that date, including those that have already been made, will be reimbursed.
This public testing phase will be open to all EU citizens living in the UK who have a valid biometric passport and non-EU family members who have a valid biometric residence card. The link to the application can be found here.
There are also handy resources that you can download to help your EU staff to make an application. Access these documents here.
For this phase of the roll-out the application remains in digital format only, but the alternative application routes are due to open in the Spring.
For more information about the EU Settlement Scheme visit the website.


Apprenticeships and off-the-job training
One requirement of apprenticeships in England is that all apprentices must spend 20% of their working hours taking part in off-the-job training. This time away from their normal working duties allows time to gain the knowledge and develop the skills needed for their new role.
We’re hearing that off-the-job training raises many questions for employers, training providers and the apprentice. The Department for Education has recently published some new supportive materials to help everyone understand this important requirement. They’ve generated some useful guidance to help determine whether an activity counts as off-the-job training along with a myth buster which helps dispel some of the false facts around apprenticeships and off-the-job-training.
Click here to access the guidance.

Graduate Management programme is now open for graduates
Graduates can now apply for one of our sought-after places on the Graduate Management programme, which runs in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy and starts in October 2019.
The programme matches graduates with forward-thinking employers, offering invaluable experience in both social care and health settings and fast-tracks graduates into leadership roles.
Applications for graduates are open until Monday 1 April 2019 – they can apply on our website.
Applications for employers to host graduates for their one-year placement will open on Tuesday 29 January 2019. Find out more here.


Welcome to CareTech’s registered managers
We’re pleased to welcome CareTech as the latest organisation to join their registered managers as members of Skills for Care.
Signing up your registered managers to our membership is a great way to recognise and thank them for the critical role they play in providing excellent care and support across your organisation. Like CareTech, when you invest in membership for your managers, you demonstrate a fantastic commitment to supporting their ongoing professional development.
Nigel Taylor, CareTech Group Head of Learning and Development said: “Membership isn’t just about the fantastic resources our managers have received, it’s about creating a shared identity and status around the role of the registered manager.”
If you’re thinking about registered manager membership for yourself or a group of managers, contact us at membership@skillsforcare.org.uk or visit our website for all the benefits.
 
 Blogs and articles 
What is meaningful activity and why is it important?
Meaningful activity plays an important role in ensuring the wellbeing of individuals receiving care and support. This article investigates what meaningful activity is and why it’s so important?

Valuing leadership skills in frontline staff
When we think of a great leader we tend to think of someone who is in charge, who leads a company, manages a service or runs their own business. But leadership is for everyone and the benefits are far reaching when displayed by your frontline workers.
 

 Events 


Become a confident mentor in adult social care
Tuesday 26 February 2019, Preston
Mentoring programmes provide a forum for mentors and mentees to meet on a regular basis to engage in discussions which support self-development. They support individuals to move forward by taking ownership of the solution to a situation.
Mentoring is about developing opportunities as well as solving problems and is a partnership between two people. It’s a process of ongoing support and development that addresses learning needs identified by the mentee, who can also request input from their line manager if they want to. The mentor then offers guidance and support in the form of pragmatic and objective assistance.
This workshop is for anyone working in adult social care who would either like to train to become a mentor or is interested in setting up a mentoring programme in their organisation.
Find out more and book your place.


 
 Other events
Learning disability and autism network (central England)
Tuesday 12 February 2019, Leicester
The network brings together people who are interested in workforce related issues and will include discussions and learning around positive behavioural support, community forensic ID services, young people and transitions, and other areas of interest. The network welcomes people from the health, statutory social care services, independent and voluntary sector. It’s a great opportunity to share good practice and engage in peer-led learning.

Working together: Improving the lives of people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people who have or may offend
Wednesday 27 February 2019, Taunton
This event is for adult social care providers in the south west, who support people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people who have or are at risk of offending. You’ll hear about the processes and responsibilities of different agencies across the county, and debate some of the challenges of delivering good care and support to people at risk of entering the Criminal Justice System. It’ll be interactive and you’ll get the opportunity to network with colleagues from agencies and other provider organisations in your area.

Making your inspection count
Thursday 7 March, London
If you’re involved in CQC inspections in your service, this seminar will help you understand, prepare for and implement the changes to CQC inspections that were introduced over the past year. You’ll learn about what inspectors are looking for and how you can evidence this. You’ll also access an evidence and action planning tool to help you put your learning into practice. The seminar is a full day and costs £120+VAT. Discounts are available for registered manager members.

Apprenticeships: be clever with your levy
*New dates*

Friday 22 March 2019, Bury
Friday 29 March 2019, Crawley
Are you responsible for investing your organisation's apprenticeship levy wisely?
Then join us at our apprenticeship levy events to get the latest news and learn how other levy payers are overcoming challenges and reaping the rewards. We’ll also cover the benefits that apprenticeships can bring to your organisation, managing off-the-job training, different models of delivery and integrated apprenticeships.

Nursing, midwifery and care staff – Leading transformational change across health and care
Tuesday 19 March 2019, The Oval, London
We will have a stand at this event, which is being organised by NHS England, so come along and see us. It will demonstrate the contribution that nursing, midwifery and care staff can make to the transformation of health and care and their key contribution to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.
The event will showcase examples of good practice from the national Atlas of Shared Learning and National Research Portfolio. Each demonstrates how the professions identify and address unwarranted variation in practice and deliver better outcomes, experiences and use of resources.
It’s free to attend - register here.

 Get involved 

The Outstanding Society meeting 4 April 2019
The Outstanding Society is a voluntary group of residential adult social care providers who are rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC, and who share good and best practice across the sector.
They hold several meetings a year to discuss the latest best practice, hear from keynote speakers from the CQC, Care England and Skills for Care, and explore how the society can support other services to deliver high quality care and support.
Their next meeting is on Thursday 4 April 2019 in central London. If you work for an ‘outstanding’ rated residential home and want to join, please email them directly at info@outstandingsociety.co.uk for more information.

 Reminders 

Only one month left to sign up to access money for staff development
Employers can claim money from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) towards the costs of employees completing adult social care qualifications and learning programmes between 1 January 2018 and 31 March 2019.
If you’d like to apply for money from this year’s WDF, you must submit your declaration form by Thursday 28 February.

Click here to find out more.
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