In this week's edition - congratulations to our Accolades winners, could you host the next generation of leaders and much more.
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 to our Accolades 

The winners of our 2019 Accolades awards were announced at a glittering black tie event hosted by Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke.

The awards recognise adult social care employers committed to delivering high quality care by investing in their staff.
A big thank you to everyone who entered and a huge congratulations to our winners.

Best employer of under 50 staff
Hendra Healthcare (Ludlow) Limited

Best employer of between 51 and 249 staff
Manor Community

Best employer of over 250 staff
The Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities

Best employer support for your registered manager(s)
Home Group

Best endorsed provider of learning and development
HC-One People Development Team

Best individual who employs their own care and support staff
Claire Steeples and her PA team

Best recruitment initiative
Right at Home (Derby)

Most effective approach to leadership and management
Future Directions CIC

Most effective approach to integrated new models of care
Future Directions CIC

Find out more about our worthy winners on our Accolades page.
This year’s awards will open for entries in April 2019.

Thanks to our sponsors for helping to make the awards happen.


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Skills for Care has been made aware that The Rock Training Institute London UK has been using Skills for Care’s logo on certificates without permission. For the avoidance of doubt, Skills for Care does not endorse The Rock Training Institute London UK.
Please note that Skills for Care has a list of Endorsed providers who are permitted to use Skills for Care’s logo. Read more.

Could you host the next generation of leaders?
We’re seeking forward-thinking health and social care employers to host one of our ambitious graduates on the one year Graduate Management programme, starting in October 2019. Our successful programme has been running for several years and has been developed in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy.
The programme provides host employers with enthusiastic and innovative graduates who have the right values and attitude for a career in health and social care. They can inject new ideas into your organisation and can often be a great catalyst for change and improvement. Applications to host a graduate are open until Monday 8 April 2019.
More information on the programme and how to apply can be found on our website.

Interim CEO of Skills for Care announced
Andy Tilden has been appointed our interim CEO and will take over at the end of March when current CEO Sharon Allen takes up her new role.
Andy is currently our national Director of Sector Development supporting employers to develop a skilled and knowledgeable workforce across England and is a long standing member of Skills for Care’s leadership team. Read more.

Exclusive mentoring support for registered manager members
If you’re a registered manager member of Skills for Care, you can benefit from being mentored or train as a mentor yourself.
If you’d like to be mentored, you can access our bank of trained mentors who are fellow members that support you to increase your confidence, develop a clearer sense of what you want in your career, reflect on practice and improve performance. To register to be matched with a mentor please email us at
One mentee said: “It’s really beneficial for me to be able to make full use of my mentor’s extensive experience as a registered manager.”
Not already a member? Find out more and join today to access all the benefits.

Adult social care national recruitment campaign launch
The Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) national recruitment campaign to drive applications into the adult social care sector launches on 12 February with national and regional media engagement.
Advertising will go live in stages, starting with Google paid search and social media advertising followed by more on websites, job boards and on local radio from later that week. From 25 February, you may see outdoor posters near you. The adverts feature care professionals and the people they support. Case studies on the campaign Facebook page will help to showcase the wide range of rewarding and varied job roles in adult social care.
All advertising will point to the campaign website which then directs users to DWP Find a Job to search vacancies.
You can support the campaign by:
  • posting your vacancies on DWP Find a Job (alongside any other local job board normally used)
  • following the campaign Facebook page and like/share the content
  • using the campaign toolkit and materials on the resource centre to support local recruitment marketing activity - these are free to download
  • sending in case studies to feature on the campaign Facebook page.


Working together: Improving the lives of people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people who have, or may, offend
Wednesday 27 February 2019 – Taunton
Thursday 28 March 2019 – London
These events are for adult social care providers who support people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people who have, or are at risk of, offending. You’ll network with colleagues from agencies and other provider organisations in your area, 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. Don’t miss out.

Events for individual employers and those who support them
Thursday 19 February 2019 – Doncaster
Wednesday 27 February 2019 – Durham
If you support people who employ their own personal assistants (PAs) using a direct payment, personal health budget or self-funded, come along to these free events. The events will share best practice and offer the opportunity to network with other people in the sector. Each event will be specific to your local area but may cover topics such as recruitment, the latest on ‘sleep in’s’ and learning and development.
 Other events
Learning disability and autism workforce network
Tuesday 12 February 2019 – Leicester
This network brings together people who are interested in workforce related issues in transforming care partnerships in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. It’ll focus on some of the issues that the workforce who support people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people face, and will include discussions around positive behavioural support, community forensic ID services and young people and transitions. The network welcomes people from health, statutory social care services and the independent and voluntary sector. It’s a great opportunity to share good practice and engage in peer-led learning.

Making your inspection count seminar
Thursday 7 March 2019 – 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 the changes to CQC inspections, 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 and steps in place to prepare for your next inspection.

Come and see us at the Dementia Care and Nursing Home Expo
26 - 27 March 2019, NEC Birmingham – stand D660
Gain unrivalled expert insight into an industry that needs to facilitate growth, whilst also showcasing the state-of-the-art products, services and technology reinventing the care sector. 
Register for your free tickets.


Well-led Advanced leadership programme
It’s still not too late to book a place on our brand new Well-led Advanced leadership programme. This four day programme focuses on developing leadership skills and aims to provide all managers with an opportunity to create a learning and development culture within their team that embraces change and provides an opportunity for innovation.The programme starts soon in Manchester and London. More information can be found on our website.

 Get involved 

Scoping the workforce supporting people with a learning disability
We’re exploring the current adult social care workforce that supports people with a learning disability. We want to know what learning and development staff do, at what levels, and what challenges employers face in upskilling their staff.
To help us do this, we want staff, managers, individual employers, team leaders and learning and development leads, who work in services that support people with a learning disability, to complete this short survey.
Access the survey here. It should take 15 minutes to complete and will close on Monday 18 February 2019.
If you’d like to find out more about the research and/or take part in a telephone interview, please email Liz Burtney.


Last chance 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 2019.

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