In this week's edition - National recruitment campaign, Skills for Care statement on APPG on Social Care report and much more.
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The next phase of the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) ‘Every Day is Different’ campaign starts again in October 2019 and will run until April 2020.

During the first phase, one in four care staff surveyed saw an increase in either enquiries, applications, interviews or vacancies filled.
Skills for Care is encouraging all social care employers to get involved to help you find motivated people with the right values.
The advertising is being evolved to reflect feedback and represent even more realistic scenarios and the range of roles available. Find out more and see what you can do to support and benefit from the campaign in the latest update from DHSC here.
Consider how your own recruitment processes can effectively convert this new pool of interested people into recruits. See the tips and resources we have to help you.


Skills for Care statement on APPG on Social Care report
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Care has produced a report focusing on the workforce issues in social care, calling for professionalisation of care workers.
Skills for Care Interim CEO Andy Tilden said: “Skills for Care gave evidence to the APPG on Social Care outlining the issues facing the 1.49 million strong adult social care workforce and the organisations who employ them. We are pleased our evidence has been included in this challenging report and we welcome this initiative from an all-party group of parliamentarians that recognises there is an urgent need to value and reward the efforts of the social care workforce so that social care becomes a genuine career of choice.”
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New guide on how to run a sector-based work academy for PAs
This guide is for staff who work in organisations that want to run a sector-based work academy for personal assistants (PAs), for example, user led organisations.
It sets out a step by step process that you can follow to set up and run an academy, and includes tips, templates and case studies.
If you’re setting up a new academy, you should read the whole guide to get an idea about what’s expected and to inform your planning.
If you’re already involved in an academy, you can use the practical tips and templates to review and improve your programme.
Download the free online guide

Encourage EU care workers to apply for settled status
Care minister Caroline Dinenage has urged EU care workers to apply for settled status without delay. The EU Settlement Scheme has been fully open since 30 March and has just granted its one millionth person status. All EU citizens living in the UK are eligible to apply. The Home Office has created an EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit which contains materials you can use to share information about the scheme.
See the employer toolkit
 Blogs and articles 

Five tips to support staff that regularly work alone
There are lots of adult social care roles that involve staff working without close or direct supervision. In this article on The Guardian, we share tips to help managers support their staff to stay safe and healthy at work.
Read the article

Different ways to learn and develop
Having the opportunity to learn and develop helps to deliver high-quality care. Maxine Shacklady, Training Manager at Bridgewater Home Care, shares some insight into the benefits of using different types of learning and development.
Read her article


Getting started with values and behaviours-based recruitment
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.
Find dates and locations

Conversations that count with your team
Thursday 12 September 2019 – London
This seminar helps you create a positive place to work to retain your staff and introduces a values-based method to effectively communicate with them to get the best outcomes for everyone.

Becoming a confident mentor
Wednesday 25 September 2019 – Leeds
Being trained as a mentor gives you the opportunity to mentor others, whilst learning new skills and reflecting on your practice. This workshop will help you to gain the knowledge and insight to help others.

Pillars of an outstanding service conference
Wednesday 20 November 2019 – Birmingham
Thursday 21 November 2019 – Nottingham
This event will highlight examples of great practice and give you the opportunity to hear from managers about running outstanding services. You'll have an opportunity to network with peers and exhibitors.

Select the right candidates for your organisation
Thursday 07 November 2019 - Aylesbury
Thursday 30 January 2020 - London
Learn a specific values-based interviewing technique at this seminar to help you to explore candidates’ values and behaviours and assess whether their values align with your workplace values and culture.


Developing the diversity of leaders in social care
Our popular Moving Up programme supports managers from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who are looking to progress their career.
Over 130 aspiring BAME leaders have successfully completed the programme including Maria Hamood, who said: “The programme gave me the space to evaluate my leadership style and learn how to be a more effective and inspiring leader.”
The programme starts in November 2019.
Find out more

 Get involved 

The Outstanding Society – next meeting 2 October 2019
The Outstanding Society is a voluntary group of residential adult social care providers that share good practice across the sector. Their next meeting is on Wednesday 2 October in central London. It will include speeches from Kate Terroni (Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at Care Quality Commission), Professor Martin Green (Chief Executive at Care England), Jeremy Hughes (Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society) and Wendy Mitchell (Author of Sunday Times best seller, ‘Somebody I used to know’).
If you work in an outstanding rated residential service and want to join the society, email them here.


Workforce Development Fund
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.
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