In this week's edition - adult social care workforce grows to 1.49 million people, new: ‘Guide to developing your staff’ and much more.
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 Adult social 
 care workforce 
 grows to 1.49  
 million people 

Take a look at our updated ‘Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England report 2019’ which launched this week.

The report contains the most up-to-date numbers for how many people work in care, which sector they work in, how many organisations deliver care and future workforce projections amongst others. Key findings include:
  • the number of people working in adult social care was estimated at 1.49 million
  • there has been a 22% growth in the total number of jobs since 2009
  • an estimated 18,500 organisations are involved in providing or organising adult social care in England, delivered across an estimated 39,000 establishments deeply embedded in their communities.
View the report and a useful infographic here. Order a copy of the infographic by emailing us.


New: ‘Guide to developing your staff’
During August and September our focus is on developing your staff. We’ll be sharing practical advice and guidance on how services can develop their workforce to ensure they have the right skills, knowledge and support for those who use their service.
We’ll be looking at why it’s important for services to continually develop their workforce and providing ideas, advice and guidance on how this can be done.
The campaign kicks-off with the launch of the new ‘Guide to developing your staff’ which replaces the ‘Learning and development guide’. We’ve identified four simple steps to create a learning plan for your service including templates to use in the planning process, different ways you can develop your staff and how to evaluate the learning.
Click here to view the guide.
Keep up to date with the campaign or follow the campaign on Twitter #DevelopYourStaff

Attract students to work for you
Next week A Level students will be getting their exam results, and the week after is GCSE results day. Now is the perfect time to promote your service and make strong links in your community.
You could contact local schools and colleges and offer workplace career activities. Giving students hands-on experience is a good way to see if they’re the right fit for your organisation.
Have you thought about nominating staff to become I Care…Ambassadors? It’s an opportunity to inspire others and motivate and retain existing staff. Find more tips and ways to attract new employees here.

Helping you to recruit the right people
Watch our new animated video which highlights the benefits of using a values-based approach to recruitment and retention. It includes information about how we can support you in your recruitment and retention practices. Visit our website for more information.

 Blogs and articles 
Registered managers need more recognition and support
In this blog, Sue Ann Balcombe, Registered Manager at the Priscilla Wakefield House Care Home firmly believes that recognition for registered managers in our sector is long overdue. Read her blog here.

Keeping the developing managers conversation going
As our campaign around developing managers draws to a close, we want to reflect on our two-month campaign and remind you of all the great information, articles and blogs that we shared from around the sector. Read the article.


Valuable conversations that count with your team
Thursday 12 September 2019, London
Thursday 14 November 2019, Birmingham
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.

Skills for Care roadshows
Tuesday 17 September 2019, Skipton
Friday 20 September 2019, Durham
More dates and locations
Following on from last year’s success, the Skills for Care Yorkshire, Humber and North East team are holding a series of interactive roadshows across the region. Sessions will include information on funding and qualification opportunities, how to access quality workforce development and the latest techniques in successful recruitment and retention. There will also be opportunities to network with colleagues from other employer organisations and share ideas and good practice.

Getting started with values and behaviours-based recruitment
*New dates and locations added across the South West and Eastern regions*
Thursday 3 October 2019, Devon
Wednesday 9 October 2019, Luton
Wednesday 9 October 2019, Cornwall
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 and find out what workplace values are and the benefits of establishing them.

Making your inspection count
Tuesday 8 October 2019, Manchester
If you’re involved in CQC inspections in your service, this seminar will draw on the latest good practice to help you understand, prepare for and implement the changes to CQC inspections. You’ll learn about the changes, what inspectors are looking for and how you can evidence this.


New Directors leadership programme
The New Directors leadership programme focuses on the specific knowledge and skills required to undertake the role of Director of Adult Social Services. It will enhance your leadership capabilities and expand your political intelligence and influence to increase the impact you have within the sector, and on the systems that you oversee.
The programme starts in November 2019. Find out more information and book your place here.

 Get involved 

Consultation: commissioning autism services
Guidance to support the commissioning workforce in health and social care to improve the way they commission services and support for autistic people is being developed.
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.
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), have 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.

North West employers: Don’t miss your chance to take part in the adult social care workers survey pilot
An adult social care workforce survey is being undertaken in the North West to discover:
  • what motivates employees to join the adult social care sector
  • how they perceive their working environment
  • if there is an underlying intention to leave and what the factors are influencing this.
This online survey is the first of its kind for adult social care and it’s the North West that is starting the conversation about improving the experience of working in the sector.
If you’re an employer in the North West and you’re interested in taking part to help shape the future of the recruitment and retention of care workers, email You’ll be issued with a link to the survey to share with your employees and the results of the survey will be analysed and shared with you in a bespoke report. Find out more.


Updated ‘Recommendations for CQC providers’ guide 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.
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