In this week's edition - New recruitment and retention website area launch, order your free recruitment and retention key cards and much more.
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 Recruitment and 
 retention website 
 area launch 

We’ve updated the recruitment and retention area of our website so that employers can easily access a range of support and tools to help them embed a values-based approach through each stage of the recruitment and retention process.

This approach is crucial to the recruitment and retention of a workforce who deliver high-quality person-centred care and support.
Visit the recruitment and retention area of our website.


Order your free recruitment and retention key cards
These key cards communicate the importance and benefits of using a values-based approach and provide handy tips and ideas.
  • Recruiting staff
    Attract, select and recruit people who know what it means to provide high quality care and support. The cards provide steps on how to use a values-based approach to your recruitment.
    Order your copy here.
  • Retaining your staff
    Investing in staff retention is vital to the success of any organisation. The cards provide tips on the top five areas where employers can make a difference to staff retention.
    Order your copy here.

Updated ‘Recommendations for CQC providers’ guide
If you want to deliver good and outstanding care that meets Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards, your service needs to have safe and competent staff, including leaders and managers. We’ve updated this guide which explains what CQC expects to see around recruitment and retention, learning and development and leadership and management, and how our practical resources can help you to meet the standards. Download the free online guide here.

Support for the Accolades awards continues to grow
We’re delighted to welcome the support of the National Care Forum (NCF), the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) for the Accolades. These and our other supporters and sponsors are key to the success of the awards and are pivotal at the national judging stage in helping to choose the winners. Find out more about the Accolades awards

 Blogs and articles 
Let’s make time to network
In this blog, one of our locality managers, Carol Mitchell, talks about how networks can offer peer support and help the development of managers and their deputies. Carol discusses how a new network in Greater Manchester is helping assistant and deputy managers to share experiences and best practice. Read the blog here

New voice for registered managers in our sector
Georgina Turner, our Interim Director for Sector Development – Engagement, reflects on the first meeting of our new Registered Manager Reference Group, where a cross-section of our registered manager members joined forces to talk ‘all-things managers in social care’. Read the blog here

Mentoring scheme offers peer support
Partners in Care: Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole used a grant from Skills for Care’s Workforce Development Innovation Fund (WDIF) to introduce a peer-led mentoring project. In this blog, Kate Blake, Team Manager at Partners in Care, tells us about how it’s helped with peer support and developing managers in their area. Read the blog here


Getting started with values and behaviours-based recruitment
Wednesday 11 September 2019 - Grantham
Wednesday 27 November 2019 - Coventry
Wednesday 22 January 2020 - Worcester
More dates and locations
This half day workshop will show you how to get started with values and behaviours-based recruitment. You’ll learn how this proven approach can lower your staff turnover, provide higher quality care and bring a positive return on investment. Come along and find out what workplace values are and the benefits of establishing them. It’s designed for anyone responsible for recruitment in their organisation.

Valuable conversations that count with your team
Thursday 12 September 2019 - London
Would you like to retain your staff, embed your workplace values and create a more positive place to work? This seminar has been specifically developed for adult social care employers who want to retain their staff by learning how to have ‘valuable conversations’ at work in a variety of situations. It will help you to establish a positive workplace culture and create a motivated, committed workforce who feel valued.

Seeing potential: safe and fair recruitment forum
Monday 23 September 2019 - Dudley
This event provides adult social care employers with the opportunity to find out more about the recruitment and retention of people who may face barriers to employment, including people with criminal convictions. It will help you 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.

Becoming a confident mentor
Wednesday 25 September 2019 - Leeds
Thursday 5 December 2019 - Birmingham
Wednesday 4 March 2020 - London
Mentoring programmes provide a space for mentors and mentees to meet on a regular basis to have discussions that support self-development. They support individuals by taking ownership of situations in their workplace and are an invaluable way of developing people. If you would like to become a mentor or are interested in setting up a mentoring programme in your organisation, our seminar can help.


Leadership for Empowered Communities and Personalised Care Programme – recruiting now!
Coalition for Collaborative Care has opened applications for this leadership development programme. It’s for senior leaders, clinicians, transformation leads, commissioning and service managers who want to be part of a movement for change in public services. Participants will explore the role of local ‘social capital’ in improving health and how leaders can work with citizens to shape the services and communities that people need and want, and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to ensure that people get choice and control over the way their care is planned and delivered, based on ‘what matters’ to them. Find out more and apply now here. The closing date for applications is Friday 6 September 2019.

 Get involved 

Nursing associate community of practice
We’ve started to establish a community of practice to support the development and uptake of the nursing associate role in social care settings.The aim is to share experiences, successes, challenges, innovation and solutions so we can learn together as we train and employ nursing associates.
We’re encouraging more people to join the community of practice by running workshops in different parts of the country. Come along to our workshops on:

Tender opportunity - national recruitment campaign
We’re offering local partnerships the opportunity to bid for grants up to £25,000 to test ways of localising the ‘Every Day is Different’ adult social care national recruitment campaign in their area.
Given how varied the adult social care sector is across England, a key priority is to ensure that the Department of Health and Social Care’s campaign addresses local needs as much as possible.
We’re looking for local group(s) to test scalable ways of localising, amplifying or extending the campaign to:
  • raise the profile of local sector vacancies and opportunities
  • engage prospective new employees and motivate them to consider applying
  • drive local applications.
This is a unique and important opportunity to help shape and test ways to deliver localised campaign activities that complement and enhance the national recruitment campaign.
Find out more and apply. The closing date for applications is 6 August 2019


Workforce Development Fund is now open
The 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. 
Find out more here.
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