In this week's edition - Workforce Development Fund and individual employer funding now open, ASC Workforce Data Set and much more.
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 Fund is now open 

The Workforce Development Fund is available to any adult social care employer in England to support the continuing professional development of their staff at all levels, offering funding for a wide range of qualifications and learning programmes.

Employers can access enhanced funding for the completion of apprenticeship standards. 
For the first time this year, there’s £3 million of targeted funding aimed at supporting managers and deputies develop the skills and knowledge they need to lead high quality services. Our research shows that at least 10,000 registered managers will retire over the next 15 years, so the £3 million fund is also designed to support organisations to get their succession planning right.
Click here to find out more and apply.


Individual employer funding open
Individuals who employ their own care and support though a personal budget from health or social care, or using their own money, can apply for funding for training.
The money can be used to pay for training to develop their skills as an employer and/or to develop the skills of their personal assistants (PAs). It can be used for different types of training like moving and assisting, first aid, communication skills and being a good boss, and can cover the cost of travel to and from training and for a replacement PA. Find out more and apply here. Download a leaflet to share with your contacts here, or email us for paper copies.

Change from NMDS-SC to ASC Workforce Data Set
As you’ll be aware, the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is being replaced by the new Adult Social Care (ASC) Workforce Data Set service.
At 17.30 on Thursday 18 July 2019 the NMDS-SC will close. All the data will then be migrated to the new service, so account holders will no longer have access to their NMDS-SC account and the data within it.
From Monday 5 August 2019 we will start to email account holders to advise them their account is ready to be accessed on the new ASC Workforce Data Set service. Users will be able to log into the new service using their current user name and password so there’s no action for users to take.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however it’s necessary to allow us to perform a managed shut down of the NMDS-SC and to ensure a safe and successful migration to the new service. We look forward to welcoming you to the new and much improved ASC Workforce Data Set service.
For more information on the service, and what we know about it thanks to the data within it, visit our website.

New Registered Manager Reference Group
Last week, we hosted the first meeting of our new Registered Manager Reference Group (RMRG). As the membership organisation for registered managers, we’ve created this new group to ensure that our work and activity is shaped by the experiences and views of managers and our members.
The RMRG is made up of registered managers from across England who work hard to promote and support the work that registered managers do. The group will steer and provide feedback on our work and support our efforts to champion the registered manager profession.
You can find profiles for members of the group here and more about the benefits of membership for registered managers here.

Leader in Adult Care apprenticeship is conditionally approved
On 2 July 2019 the Adult Care Trailblazer group announced that they’ve received official notification, from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE), that the assessment plan for Leader in Adult Care (level 5) has now been conditionally approved. There are some changes required which will be submitted to IfATE by 29 July. The trailblazer group is also waiting on confirmation of the funding cap.
Find the latest updates here.

Did you get free flu vaccinations for your staff?
Around 70% of acute respiratory outbreaks during the 2018-19 flu season were in care homes (source: Public Health England, May 2019).
NHS England now offers the flu vaccine to Social Care and Hospice workers through GPs and community pharmacies, to complement occupational health programmes provided by employers, to help increase vaccine uptake.
NHS England would like to know if you took up the opportunity of getting free flu vaccinations for your staff teams in 2018-19. The results will help support future plans for the programme.
Complete the survey. Closing date is 5 August 2019.

New Safeguarding webinar for registered manager members
We’ve released the first in a series of webinars for 2019-20 for our registered manager members. This new 30-minute webinar focuses on the main principles of safeguarding and the practical measures to take to implement them within a service.
‘Safeguarding: six key principles’ is available exclusively for registered manager members of Skills for Care through the online portal here. Find out more about the benefits of membership and how to join here.
This webinar was produced by one of Skills for Care’s Endorsed Provider and Centre of Excellence, 3spirit Training & Consultancy.

New NICE initiative launched: Involved and informed: good community medicines support
NICE have worked with a number of partner organisations, including Skills for Care, to launch a new initiative to encourage better medicines support for people who are receiving social care services in their homes.
Andy Tilden, Skills for Care Interim CEO said: “We’re pleased to have been a partner in developing the ‘involved & informed: good community medicines support’ campaign as we know safe and appropriate medicines support for people living in their own homes is a vital aspect of high quality care and support. Home care providers who want to improve safety and staff confidence levels can use this campaign to ensure that their medicines policies are robust with content based on NICE guidance.”
Click here to find out more.
 Blogs and articles 

Supporting new managers from the outset is key
Julie Lusk is a new registered manager at Solar Care Homes and has worked her way from support worker, senior and deputy manager, to registered manager. In this blog, Julie discusses the need for employers to support and nurture new managers and her valued time on our ‘New managers’ pilot. Read the blog here.

Developing the next generation of managers
As we continue to focus on ‘Developing managers’ during July, we take a look at how Future Directions CC is shaping personalised programmes to enable the development of their new and aspiring managers and deputies. They also feature in our new ‘Developing new managers and deputies’ online guide that supports employers to succession plan. Read the blog here.

Supporting employers to be well-led
Did you know that one of our most popular leadership programmes is the Well-led programme? It has been running for over three years and has been delivered by a dedicated team to over 500 participants across the country. Take a look at some of the fantastic feedback the programme has received and see what’s coming next for the programme. Read the article here.


Safe and Fair recruitment forum: Employing people with convictions to address the skills gaps in adult social care
Monday 23 September 2019 - Dudley College, West Midlands
This event supports adult social care employers to:
  • understand the benefits of open recruitment and widening your talent pool
  • improve the diversity of your workforce
  • learn how to recruit people safely and fairly from different backgrounds (including people with criminal convictions).
The event also includes updates from leading policy figures, including the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) and Care Quality Commission (CQC). Book your place.

Becoming a confident mentor
Wednesday 25 September 2019 – Leeds
Thursday 05 December 2019 – Birmingham
Wednesday 04 March 2020 – London
Mentoring programmes provide a space for mentors and mentees to engage in discussions which support self-development and move forward in their career. You, the person you mentor and your organisation will benefit through increased confidence, performance and job satisfaction. If you would like to become a mentor or are interested in setting up a mentoring programme in your organisation, our seminar can help.


Anticipating the challenges of change
Would your organisation be interested in commissioning a programme which looks at how to influence and implement the necessary changes to meet current and future challenges and service needs in health and social care?
Our Leading Change, Improving Care programme explores how to lead and manage change within teams and organisations and provides tools and techniques to drive change and ultimately improve the quality of care delivered.
Take a look at our website for more information.

Developing nurse leaders in social care
This programme is a great opportunity for senior registered nurses to develop their leadership skills. This is a five day programme which takes place over a number of months.
Participants will develop their leadership approach in situations such as:
  • working across professional, organisational and system boundaries
  • developing and implementing new practice and service redesign projects
  • using high-level negotiating and influencing skills
  • taking the lead in contexts that are unfamiliar, complex and unpredictable.
It’s aimed at senior registered nurses, head of care, team leaders, care co-coordinators or deputy managers with clinical lead. Find out more.

 Get involved 

Volunteers needed - user research on the Skills for Care website
We’re conducting some user research to investigate how to make it easier for you to find what you need on our website.
We’re looking for volunteers to take part in research activities, either by speaking to a researcher, attending a workshop or attending a testing or feedback session.
Find out more and register your interest.

Consultation: commissioning autism services
Skills for Care, National Autistic Society (NAS) and National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), are developing guidance to support the commissioning workforce in health and social care to improve the way they commission services and support for autistic people.
The guide explores the key questions that need answering to make informed commissioning decisions, and explains the things that need measuring, the things that need to be done, and who to engage, as well as links to useful guidance and resources.
We’ve developed a draft guidance document and want to get feedback from people and organisations that work in health and social care commissioning, as well as autistic people, family, friends and carers. Find out more and complete the survey here.


Survey: digital technology in adult social care
We’re working with employers to develop an online self-assessment tool to help measure how digital their organisation is. It will help employers to measure their progress towards the use of digital technology in their service.
If you’re the person who makes decisions about using and investing in digital technology in your organisation, we’d be delighted if you could complete our short survey
here. The survey will close on 16 July 2019.
For further information on this survey or the work more generally, please email
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