In this week's edition - The Workforce Development Fund 2019-20, National Apprenticeship Week 2019 and much more.
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 The Workforce 
 Fund 2019-20 

Applications are now open, for large national organisations and lead organisations of employer-led partnerships to apply for a grant from the Workforce Development Fund 2019-20.

This year the fund will provide additional support to registered and service managers to meet the needs of the sector. With 10,000 registered managers due to retire in the next 15 years, the Department of Health and Social Care is committed to investing in the continuing professional development of managers and aspiring managers. There will also be enhanced funding for the completion of the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeships. Click here to find out more.


National Apprenticeship Week 2019
This National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) we’re reminding employers of the benefits that apprenticeships can bring to your organisation.
  • They support ‘new to care’ staff and provide a great opportunity to upskill your existing workforce.
  • They can improve productivity and the quality of your service.
  • Staff feel valued and invested in improving retention rates and reducing recruitment costs.
Watch the video to find out more. Join the conversation on social media #NAW2019.

Learn about retaining your workforce this March
Following on from February’s ‘recruit to care’ focus, where we featured guidance, advice and tips on how to recruit a high quality workforce, this month we’re supporting employers to develop, value and retain high quality workers.
We’ll be exploring the factors contributing to better staff retention, drawing on our research with employers with a turnover of less than 10%. We’ll be showcasing good practice examples and linking to the support and resources we have available to help employers keep the right people.
Keep an eye on our website and follow the campaign #CareToRetain on social media.

Headline social worker statistics
This new report provides the key findings from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC). This relates to the 17,000 social workers employed in local authority adult social service departments in England as of September 2018. The number of social workers employed by local authorities in England increased by 4.7% between 2017 and 2018, and the turnover rate was 13.8% in 2018.
Find out more key findings in the report.

Information from events on the national recruitment campaign
The Department of Health and Social Care has shared the presentation used in the adult social care national recruitment campaign workshops for care providers. It covers a campaign overview, how providers can get involved and information about the campaign toolkit. Download it here.

Call to action on dementia training
In response to the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia, Skills for Care is supporting the development of an informed and effective workforce for people living with dementia.
This means social care and health staff involved in the care of people who may have dementia should have the necessary skills to provide the best quality care in the roles and settings where they work. This is being achieved through the delivery of effective basic training alongside continuous professional and vocational development in dementia. Download the call to action on dementia training.
 Blogs and articles 
Being innovative with your recruitment supports long-term retention
Debby Lamont, registered manager for Middleton Hall Retirement Village shares her thoughts on how being innovative with your recruitment selection can improve the delivery of care and staff retention. They involve staff, residents and their families to get the right person that reflects their person-centred culture. Read her blog.

Off-the-job training and apprenticeships
Off-the-job training is an important part of an apprenticeship programme. It allows the apprentice to develop a wider range of skills and knowledge, helping them to become more competent and confident in their role. But off-the-job training continues to be a ‘hot topic’ with employers having concerns around how to manage it. We spoke to Robert Brady, from Voyage Care, to discover how they do it. Read the article.


Values based interviewing
Tuesday 04 June 2019, London
Looking to reduce time and wasted resources in recruiting the wrong people? Come along to our practical seminar and learn an interviewing technique that will help you to understand and match people’s personal values to your workplace values. The seminar will explain what values-based recruitment is and give delegates the skills to conduct values based interviews.
These seminars are always popular and fill up fast. Here’s what one attendee had to say: “The event has both refined my own interviewing best practice, but also gives me the tools to help colleagues who are keen to introduce more values-based interviewing techniques into their recruitment”.
Book your place.

 Other events
National recruitment campaign
Tuesday 12 March 2019, Taunton
Tuesday 26 March 2019, Winchester
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 where you can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved.

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. You’ll hear from NHS England about their culture and behaviour project and an update on the integration agenda. The network will also have regional representatives from transforming care partnerships, and commissioners.

Apprenticeships: be clever with your levy
Friday 22 March 2019, Bury
If you’re responsible for investing your organisation's apprenticeship levy, join us at this event to get the latest news and find out how other levy payers are overcoming challenges and reaping the rewards. We’ll also cover managing off-the-job training, different models of delivery and integrated apprenticeships.

Nursing associates community of practice
Wednesday 27 March, Cambridge
Tuesday 30 April, Taunton
We’ve set up a community of practice to support the development and uptake of the nursing associate role in social care settings and we’re encouraging more people to join. The group will share experiences, successes and challenges, innovation and solutions. Come along to one of our workshops to find out more.

Nursing, midwifery and care staff – Leading transformational change across health and care
Tuesday 19 March 2019, The Oval, London
Come and visit our stand at this event which will demonstrate the contribution that nursing, midwifery and care staff can make to the transformation of health and care and to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan. It’s free to attend - register here.

Come and see us at the Dementia Care and Nursing Home Expo
Tuesday 26 - Wednesday 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.


Help develop future leaders by hosting a graduate
Applications to host a graduate within your organisation on our successful Graduate Management programme are open now. Our highly motivated and high performing graduates can make a huge difference in your organisation.
Cheshire East Council, who have recently hosted graduates on our programme said: “Our graduates brought a youthful enthusiasm to the team, reminding us that having the right attitude is so important in work."
Would you be interested in hosting an enthusiastic and innovative graduate who has the right values and attitude for a career in health and social care? Find out more about the programme, benefits and costs now. Applications close on Monday 8 April 2019.

 Get involved 

Learning disability and autism training for health and care staff
The government wants to know how they can make sure that health and social care staff have the right training to understand the needs of people with a learning disability and/or autistic people. We're supporting their consultation which considers the training and development that staff need to better support these people. Read more about the consultation and feedback online here. The consultation closes on Friday 12 April 2019.

Help us develop a digital self-assessment tool
We're 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 employers to help us develop it. Are you interested in joining our working group? Find out more on our website and register your interest by Sunday 31 March 2019.

Leadership programmes: tender opportunity
We would like to appoint organisations or individuals with appropriate expertise to deliver the following leadership programmes in 2019/20:
  • Moving Up
  • New Directors
  • Top Leaders
If you’re interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please visit our website. The closing date for applications is Friday 10 May 2019 at 12:30.


Review our ‘Working with families’ framework.
We’ve 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.
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