In this week's edition - new guide for employers of lone workers, Adult Care apprenticeship assessment plan published and much more.
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 New guide for 
 employers of 
 lone workers 

There are lots of adult social care roles where lone working might happen, for example domiciliary care workers, personal assistants, live-in carers, drivers and overnight workers.

It’s important that employers establish a healthy and safe working environment for lone workers. Our new online guide provides information about what works well for employers that have staff who regularly work alone. It has top tips under key headings such as recruitment and retention, planning the workload, learning and development, health and safety and supporting mental health and wellbeing. Download the guide here.


Leader in Adult Care apprenticeship assessment plan published
The Leader in Adult Care (level 5) apprenticeship assessment plan was published on 16 August 2019 by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE).
Once the funding band has been confirmed, learning providers will need some time to prepare the course before they are ready to take on new apprentices. Read more here.

Workforce Development Fund: helping you develop your staff
There are lots of different ways to develop your staff and make sure they’re equipped with the right skills and knowledge to enable them to deliver high quality care and support. Learning and development doesn’t have to be expensive but limited training budgets can be challenging.
The Workforce Development Fund can help make your training budget go further, offering funding towards a wide range of qualifications and learning programmes. Find out more here.

Calling all commissioners
Money is available towards the costs of local authority employees completing the Level 5 Certificate in Commissioning for Wellbeing. Employees must have job roles that primarily undertake direct commissioning of adult social care services.
Applications are open until 17.00 on 31 October 2019 and all claims must be made by 17.00 on 31 May 2020. Find out more and apply here.

Changes to NMDS-SC
The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is being replaced by the Adult Social Care (ASC) Workforce Data Set.
The NMDS-SC closed on 18 July 2019 so all the data can be migrated to the new ASC Workforce Data Set. Account holders will receive an email when their data has been successfully migrated and they’re able to access their ASC Workforce Data Set account. We’ve already migrated many employers, with the remainder being done over the next week.
The new online data collection service has a fresh look with a contemporary design. We’ve worked with care providers from each local authority in England, so it’s been developed with users at the heart.
The ASC Workforce Data Set will go live to new account holders once all existing NMDS-SC accounts have been successfully migrated. Find out more about the new service here.

We’ve signed the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health
Skills for Care has signed the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health, that brings organisations together to tackle poor mental health.
For many people that need care and support, there is an increased risk of mental ill-health. The adult social care workforce is central to supporting their mental health and wellbeing and recognising when people might need some extra help, and working in a preventative way can have a big impact.
We’re committed to supporting the adult social care workforce to work in a preventative way, to improve mental health and wellbeing. Read more about our commitment here.

Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit
The Department of Health and Social Care has issued guidance which sets out the actions that employers should take before and after Brexit, to plan for and help manage any potential service disruption to adult social care if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. See the guidance here.

NICE impact report
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a report highlighting progress made by the health and care system in implementing NICE guidance. We work closely with NICE and our interim CEO, Andy Tilden, has contributed to the commentary considering how NICE guidance can be used by people working in adult social care services. See the report here.
 Blogs and articles 

Developing opportunities through mentoring
Graham Woodham, Programme Head for the Regulated Professional Workforce at Skills for Care, discusses the benefits of mentoring and how it can help you to develop your staff. Read the blog here.

Challenging misconceptions of the registered nurse role in social care
There’s often confusion around what a registered nurse in adult social care does. In this article we talk about how the new formal statement of role, knowledge and skills is offering clarity for the work of the 42,000 registered nurses in our sector. Read the article on The Guardian here.


Events for individual employers and those that support them
Thursday 31 October 2019 - The Life Centre, Sale
Tuesday 19 November 2019 – The Trinity Centre, Cambridge
Wednesday 20 November 2019 – Cathedral View, London
More dates and locations available here
If you’re an individual employer, or work in an organisation that supports them, our free events will share local news and initiatives, and keep you up to date with the latest best practice and new resources. Each event will be slightly different and will be tailored to local initiatives and news, but will cover topics such as joint-funded packages of support, recruiting personal assistants (PAs), training for individual employers and research about pre-payment cards. There’ll also be the opportunity to network and share best practice with others, and hear from individual employers, PAs and local speakers.

Becoming a confident mentor
Wednesday 25 September 2019 – Leeds
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’d like to become a mentor or are interested in setting up a mentoring programme in your organisation, this seminar can help.

Getting started with values and behaviours-based recruitment
Wednesday 11 September – Grantham
Wednesday 30 October – Choppington
Wednesday 13 November – Jarrow
More dates and locations
Learn how to get started with values and behaviours-based recruitment and how this proven approach can lower your staff turnover, help your service to provide higher quality care and bring a positive return on investment.

Values-based interviewing seminar
Thursday 7 November 2019 – Buckinghamshire
Understanding and matching people’s personal values to your workplace values, will help to reduce time and wasted resources in recruiting the wrong people. This practical seminar will explain what values-based recruitment is and gives delegates the skills to conduct values-based interviews.

Seeing potential: safe and fair recruitment workshop
Wednesday 20 November 2019 – London
Thursday 21 November 2019 – Newcastle
This full-day workshop will provide employers with the knowledge, confidence and practical tools to strike the balance between safeguarding the people they support and addressing any barriers that may prevent them from accessing a vast potential talent pool of 11 million people with convictions. The workshop will help employers to understand their legal rights and responsibilities when working with applicants, existing staff or volunteers that have criminal records (or have been subject to allegations) and help them to make informed recruitment decisions.


Moving Up leadership programme - now available to book
Our Moving Up programme supports individuals from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who are wanting to take the next step in their career.
It has been developed to help you to get to where you want to be in your career by improving your confidence, assessing your leadership style and enhancing your leadership skills, developing your personal brand and understanding the power of networking.
For further information and details on how to book visit our website.

Developing nurse leaders in social care
This professional leadership programme, starting in October 2019, is specifically tailored to meet the needs of senior registered nurses working in adult social care.
The programme enables participants to 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.
The five-day programme has been developed in partnership with nurse leaders in the sector and is grounded in the professional practice standards outlined in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of conduct. More information and details on how to apply are available on our website.


Develop your staff
During August and September our focus is on developing your staff.
Visit our website for the latest practical advice and guidance on how you can develop your workforce to ensure that they have the right skills and knowledge to provide high quality care and support. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter #DevelopYourStaff
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