In this week's edition - Recruit to care, applications for user led organisation funding open and much more.
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 Recruit to care 

As the Department of Health and Social Care launches its national recruitment campaign to inspire more to people to work in care, we want to help adult social care employers to select the right people, with the right values and skills, from this talent pool. This month we've been sharing practical advice and tips to support employers to invest in their recruitment processes.


In order to deliver high quality care and support, it’s essential to recruit the right people the first time round. We’re signposting employers to the support and guidance we have on offer, as well as showcasing real life good practice examples.

Read our blog on ‘Breaking the cycle of recruiting the wrong people’ and article on ‘Six ways to select the right people’.
You can keep up-to-date on the campaign here, or follow #RecruitToCare on Twitter.

 News 

Applications for user led organisation funding open
User led organisations (ULOs) can apply for funding to deliver or purchase training for individual employers and personal assistants (PAs). Applications are now open, and will close at 12 noon on Thursday 28 March 2019.
The learning can cover a range of topics that meet the needs of individual employers and PAs, including:
  • moving and assisting
  • first aid
  • the role of an employer and employment law
  • knowledge elements of the Care Certificate
  • medication awareness.
The learning may include, but will not be restricted to, accredited health and social care qualifications. Find out more and apply now on our website.


Review our ‘Working with families’ framework
The families of people who need care and support play a vital role in adult social care services and it’s important staff get better at working with them. We worked with the Avenues Group to develop a framework about what staff need to know and do, to work well with families. We want to consult with managers, staff, people who need care and support and families about what they think about the framework. Please read it and fill in our short survey here by Monday 1 April 2019.

Impact evaluation of the Workforce Development Fund
We’re looking to commission an associate to evaluate the impact of the Workforce Development Fund and Workforce Development Innovation Fund over the two financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19. This will consider the impact on UK plc, the adult social care sector, employers and staff involved.
The Workforce Development Fund is a funding stream provided by the Department of Health and Social Care and managed and disbursed by Skills for Care.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact evidence@skillsforcare.org.uk to request a copy of the tender document. The closing date for submissions is 12 noon on Friday 22 March 2019.

 
 Blogs and articles 

Accolades winner shares what they do to recruit the right people
Right at Home (Derby) were winners of the ‘Best recruitment initiative’ category in this year's Accolades awards. They focus on recruiting people with the right values, and invest in a robust process to do this. Read the article here.

Breaking the cycle of recruiting the wrong people
Your staff shape your organisation and the quality of care you provide, so it’s important that you select the right people. Annette Baines, Programme Head for Recruitment and Retention at Skills for Care, shares some of the best ways to invest in your recruitment process, to get the biggest rewards. Read her blog here.

Six ways to select the right people
Employers we spoke to with a low turnover rate told us that people’s values and behaviours were the most important thing that they consider in the selection process. There are different methods you can use to explore people’s values and make the right choice, and we look at six of them in this article.
  

 Events 


National recruitment campaign workshop
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is running a national recruitment campaign to drive applications into the adult social care sector.
On behalf of DHSC, we’re hosting events around the country where you can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved.
New dates have now been released due to the popularity of this workshop.
Monday 4 March 2019, Newark
Tuesday 12 March 2019, Taunton
Tuesday 26 March 2019, Winchester
Attendance is fully funded and you can book a place using the links above. The same information is given at each event and they’re primarily aimed at domiciliary and residential care providers.

 Other events
Working with people with a learning disability and/or autism: workshop for staff
Monday 18 March 2019, Wolverhampton
Wednesday 29 May 2019, Derby
These workshops are for staff and volunteers in adult social care services that support people with a learning disability and/or autistic people, who display or are at risk of displaying behaviours which challenge. The workshop will talk about relevant theory and will include a reflective practice session so you can reflect on and improve your own practice.

Learning disability and autism network: Eastern England
Wednesday 20 March 2019, Cambridge
This network will focus on some of the issues that the learning disability and autism workforce face, including an update on the STOMP campaign, sharing practice around positive behaviour support and a session about the importance of a positive workplace culture. The network will also have regional representatives from transforming care partnerships and commissioners.

Apprenticeships: be clever with your levy
Friday 22 March 2019, Bury
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.

*Last chance to book*
Register for these upcoming events while there are still places available.

Become a confident mentor in adult social care
Tuesday 26 February 2019, Preston

Making your CQC inspection count
Thursday 7 March 2019, London

 Programmes 

Could you host a graduate in your organisation?
Do you want the chance to host high calibre, high performing graduates who can make real changes in your organisation?
We’re looking for hosts for our popular Graduate Management programme that gives highly motivated graduates the opportunity to gain invaluable experience with forward-thinking health and social care employers.
The programme is designed to fast-track talented and driven graduates into leadership positions in the care sector.
More information on the programme and how to apply can be found on our website. Applications close on Monday 8 April 2019.

 Get involved 

Help us develop a digital self-assessment tool
Skills for Care is developing a self-assessment tool to help adult social care providers measure how ready they are to offer more of their services digitally.
The free, online tool will help employers understand where they might have gaps - in areas such as skills, technology or strategy - that could prevent them from working in a more digital way.
We’d like to work with small to medium size social care employers to develop it, as well as those just starting out on their digital journey. Are you interested in joining our working group?
We anticipate that your involvement will be from late March to November 2019 and could include attending a workshop in London (travel expenses paid for), joining two short webinars, completing online surveys and allowing researchers to observe one of your colleagues completing the tool in your workplace.
Find out more on our website and register your interest by Sunday 31 March 2019.


Scoping the adult social care workforce supporting people with a learning disability
We’ve been asked by the Department of Health and Social Care to explore 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, including care staff, managers, team leaders and learning and development leads, to complete this short survey by Friday 8 March 2019. It should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and your results will shape future work and priorities.


Review of the ‘Learning Disabilities Core Skills Education and Training Framework'
Skills for Care is supporting Skills for Health, Health Education England and NHS England to review and refresh the 'Learning Disabilities Core Skills Education and Training Framework'. The refresh will take into account the findings from the 'Learning Disabilities Mortality Review', which found that there are some health problems that people with a learning disability might get more than other people, or that health services aren’t good at finding and treating. The framework will ensure staff have the skills and knowledge to do something about this. You can download the draft framework and send your feedback by completing an online survey on the Skills for Health website. The survey closes on Monday 25 February 2019.

 Reminders 

National recruitment campaign
You can support the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) national recruitment campaign to drive applications into the adult social care sector by:
Skills for Care Ltd, West Gate, Grace Street, Leeds LS1 2RP
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